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Gaint Globe Helps Promote Education

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Teachers say they are struggling to find a way to make geography fun.

But one tool could be helping in a big way.

It took minutes to prepare but teachers hope the lessons will last a long time.

Elms College hosted a giant 22-foot earth replica, Thursday. It’s called the ‘earth view’ and was designed to promote education. This week the school held a conference for the New England Geography education network. Their hope is to put an emphasis on geography literacy.

“Almost every other developed country has geography education K-12, and it’s almost invisible in the United States,” said Cathleen Mcanneny, a geography teacher from Maine.

Cathleen Mcanneny says these kinds of learning tools can make a big difference.

“It allows students to see the students in its entirety, and you can understand the collectiveness of things on earth,” said Cathleen.

Cathleen says some Massachusetts law makers are pushing to start a committee to focus on expanding geography education. She says this will be beneficial now and later.

“Jobs are very important in this economy,” she continued. “Still geography specialist and Geography tech jobs are one of the fastest growing sector’s in the private sector.”

The earth view was painted entirely by hand.

The school hopes to bring back the globe for the public sometime later this year.



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