Oxford Students Learn Geography with Giant Map

GTMEurope1-dl_jpg_610x343_crop_upscale_q85 Area schools can interact with geography on a much larger scale at Ole Miss, March 4-7.

Every state of the union is visiting the university’s Jackson Avenue Center in the form of a 35-foot traveling map of North America.

When asked about their favorite part of the basketball court-sized map, Lafayette Elementary School second graders shouted out, “Fun!”

The Mississippi Geography Alliance donated funding to rent the giant map for four weeks through a grant from the National Geographic Education Foundation.

Schools registered online with the Rebel Social Studies Program are allowed to bring up to 45 students between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to visit the map each day.  The map opens to the general public from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 6.

“The map is a wonderful, free and interactive way for the students to have fun and learn in a much different way than on a cell phone or paper map,” says UM social studies professor Ellen Foster. “The students get to feel scale, a concept often lost when teaching geography.

Students were able to dive feet-first into geography at the Museum of Natural Science in Jackson and Mississippi State University before the map made its way to Oxford during its trip across the state.

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~ by sjwilli1 on March 6, 2013.

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