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Emerson Elementary Students Learn From Big Globe

By: Jillian Risberg Email
By: Jillian Risberg Email
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From the Earth to the sky.

Emerson Elementary brought learning to life on a scale they never thought possible.

"It was kind of awesome; cause I mean, it's like going into the Earth but just with air,” says Gabe, a fifth-grader.

Borders and places of significance are visible with a laser pointer.

"Find the longest rivers and the highest mountains and different climates, where things grow and where different animals live,” says David Killion, of Mobile Ed Productions. “It's a great way to just cover a ton of social studies."

It's a new kind of education.

"So this is a way that they're not just looking at a small globe in the class or just on a map in a book. They actually get to experience what it looks like and they get to go inside and see the earth from the inside out,” says PTA President Kathy Goldstein.

The kids love it.

"Of course, ya know -- something unusual, but it's a different kind of a perspective,” Killion says.

It's a trip around the earth for an interactive education that makes learning fun.

"These kids, they don't know a world without computers -- everything they do,” Goldstein says.

Gabe gets a different view of the world.

"You can just look up and see all the continents and you just learn a lot about it,” he says.

It’s an up close and personal way of learning.

According to Killion, it kind of draws things together in a holistic way.

Gabe gains more doing this than in a classroom.

"Because you get to actually see a big visual like globe and you're not just looking at a textbook on the flat,” the fifth-grader says. “It's like, you actually get to see what the Earth would look like in space."

A visit to the Earth dome helps kids better understand the scale of concepts such as continents, time zones, latitude, longitude and more.

It’s an experience not soon forgotten.

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From the Earth to the sky.

Emerson Elementary brought learning to life on a scale they never thought possible.

David Killion, from Mobile Ed Productions stopped by for a hands-on geography lesson with the Earth Dome, a 19-foot inflatable globe made of satellite photographs.

The detail from the photos is 30 miles per inch on the globe.

He talks about different countries, the environment, weather and more.

"I use a laser pointer to point out borders and significant things, find the longest rivers and the highest mountains and different climates, where things grow and where different animals live," Killion says. "It's a great way to just cover a ton of social studies."

He says kids love the globe.

It's something unusual and provides a perspective unlike what they get in a classroom with maps or a small globe, videos or books.


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