Call me old fashioned, but I have no interest in looking at a map on my cell phone. The bigger the better!

As a lover of road maps and atlases, the University of Montana geography department obviously "gets me" with their giant map of Montana that can used as a learning tool for elementary school kids in western Montana.

It is a huge 20-foot-by-15-foot map of Montana, designed to provide hands- and feet-on geography education.   It was awarded to the Montana Geographic Alliance at the University of Montana as part of a new National Geographic Program. The geography department is encouraging teachers to arrange a "walk across Montana" for their young students.  To find out more about how that works, you can contact Sarah Halvorson, UM geography professor, 406-243-2793.