Archive for September, 2008
The oldest existing intact globe of the earth was made by Martin Behaim in Neuremburg, Germany in the years 1492-1493. He was a German navigator and geographer for King John of Portugal.
Globe model showed that the earth was round in opposition to the thinkers of the flat earth. You can see that Africa and Asia was on it but not the Americas since they had not yet been discovered.
It’s no secret that American students are not known for their geographic prowess. In fact, one particularly grim found that 20% of young Americans could not even find the United States on a world map.
But instead of banding together to fix the problem, educators seem to be split on the issue. Some people feel that locating a country on a map is unimportant when compared to understanding its political and social history. Others agree the broader context is important but feel the details should be addressed as well.
While the debate continues, teachers do agree that new tactics need to be taken. It’s a tall order, but geography has to be made “fun.” So far, educators have come up with several promising ideas, including using inflatable globes as well as ornate and decorative atlases in the classroom. This makes the world layout both tactile and visually appealing.
A person’s desk, whether personal or professional, says a lot about that person. What adorns the top is a direct insight into the person’s hobbies, preferences, and experiences.
Take the following examples of desk accessories and what they might suggest about you.
-Family photos: You are announcing to the world that you are the ultimate family man (or woman). You want to be reminded of your family while you work because you love them, and you aren’t afraid who knows it.
-Desk top globe: A miniature globe atop your desk speaks volumes about your love of travel and adventure. Pick an ornate or beautifully crafted globe, and it will also indicate your impeccable taste.
-Art/sculptures: Small pieces of art on your desk can indicate a love for the finer things in life. Pick something in a specific style, and people will also get to know your personal aesthetic.
Desk accessories can also make great gifts—just make sure the token fits the person’s style and taste.