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GeoSafari Talking Globe Instruction Manual

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Electronic Quiz Game

Instruction Guide


Ages 8+

Grades 3+



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Table of Contents

Setting Up the Globe

Assembly Instructions

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Operating the Unit with Batteries

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Operating the Unit with the Adapter

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Operating the Unit with Headphones

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Caring for Your GeoSafari Talking Globe

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

If Your Globe Fails to Operate Properly

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Let’s Look at the 
GeoSafari Talking Globe

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Getting Ready to Play

Quick Start Game

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How to Customize a Game

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Selecting Content of Questions

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Selecting Number of Players  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Setting Answer Response Times  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Playing a Game

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Starting a New Game

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Let’s Learn About Globe Features

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Glossary of Geographic Terms

 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Notes on the Music

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Warranty Information

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You are embarking on a great adventure—a trip to countries around the
world, to the summits of the highest mountains, down the longest rivers,
to landlocked nations, and to sun-drenched islands—all with the
GeoSafari® Talking Globe!

Along the way you will learn many interesting facts about the earth, its
countries, and peoples.

The GeoSafari Talking Globe is packed with more than 10,000 questions
and features that will help you learn and retain geography facts and
other useful information. With this guide, you can make the most of the
many features in the GeoSafari Talking Globe.

A Note About Place Names
Many of the place names found on your globe can be pronounced in
several ways. Often the way people living in a place say the name of their
city or country is quite different from the way outsiders
pronounce it. One example is the city of
Moscow, Russia, which the local residents
pronounce Moskva. When faced with a
choice about which pronunciation to
use for place names, we have
generally chosen the ones most
frequently used by native English
speakers. If you would like to learn
more about the local pronunciations
of worldwide place names, please
check the reference section of your
local library for atlases printed in
foreign languages.


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Setting Up the Globe

Assembly Instructions

Remove the globe and its meridian by
pulling up on the two sides of the
cardboard packaging. The cardboard
packaging will also come out with the
globe. Put the globe aside. Open the
separate box at the bottom of the
carton. This box contains the base of
the globe, as well as the hardware
required for assembly.

Caution! When attaching the meridian to
the base, do NOT apply pressure to the
globe ball.

The assembly hardware (spring and lock
nut) is contained in a plastic bag found in
the components box. Put the unit
together by placing the globe meridian
shaft into the hole in the electronic base,
as shown.

Hold the meridian and the base together
and turn them upside down. Put the
spring over the meridian shaft. Put the
lock nut over the shaft. With one hand
firmly on the base of the meridian and
the other hand on the lock nut, push
down firmly on the spring, as shown. Turn
the lock nut 1/4 rotation around the shaft
and release.

Operating the Unit with Batteries

For the best operation, always use fresh alkaline batteries. Follow these

1. Carefully open the battery compartment door located on the bottom

of the base unit of the globe.

2. Install four fresh C-cell (DC 1.5v ---) batteries in the battery

compartment, carefully following the diagram showing correct battery
installation. This diagram is found inside the battery compartment of
the globe’s electronic base.
• Batteries must be inserted with the correct polarity.
• Only batteries of the same or equivalent type are to be used.
• Do not mix old and new batteries. Do not mix alkaline, standard

(carbon-zinc), or rechargeable (nickel-cadmium) batteries.

• Remove exhausted batteries from the unit.
• The supply terminals must not be short-circuited.
• Non-rechargeable batteries must not be recharged.
• Do not use rechargeable batteries.

3. Close the compartment door.

4. Turn on your unit by pressing the ON/OFF key on the globe base.




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Operating the Unit with the Adapter

With the optional AC adapter*, the GeoSafari Talking Globe can run
indefinitely without batteries. To use the globe with its adapter, follow
these directions:

1. Plug the end of the adapter cord into the AC adapter jack near the

back of the globe’s electronic base.
• Your GeoSafari Talking Globe must only be used with the

recommended AC adapter, available from your authorized
Educational Insights dealer. The Educational Insights stock 
number is EI-8702.

• Your AC adapter should be examined regularly for damage to the

cord, plug, enclosure, and other parts. In the event of such damage,
do not use this AD adapter until the damage has been repaired. The
adapter is not a toy. Disconnect the adapter from the unit before
cleaning the globe.

2. Carefully plug the adapter body into an electric outlet.

• Your GeoSafari Talking Globe must not be connected to more than

the recommended number of power supplies.

• Your GeoSafari Talking Globe is not suitable for children under three

(3) years old.

3. Turn on your unit by pressing the ON/OFF button on the globe’s base.

Operating the Unit with Headphones

The GeoSafari Talking Globe includes a headphone jack on the side of the
globe. Using the jack you can plug in a single headphone or a four-way
headphone splitter that allows up to four players to listen and play at the
same time. (Headphone and four-way headphone splitter are not
included, but are available from Educational Insights.)** To use the globe
with headphones, follow these directions: 

For one player:

• Plug the cord from a single headphone into the headphone jack.

For two or more players:

• Plug the cord from the four-way headphone splitter into the

headphone jack.

• Plug the cord from each headphone into a receptor hold on the 

four-way headphone splitter.

IMPORTANT: The GeoSafari Talking Globe must only be used with the
recommended four-way headphone splitter.

* Especially designed for GeoSafari Talking Globe - AC Adapter (EI-8702)
** Especially designed for GeoSafari Talking Globe - Four-Way Headphone Splitter (EI-8896) 

and headphones (EI-3915)

Caring for Your GeoSafari Talking Globe

Treat your GeoSafari Talking Globe like a piece of furniture. It can be
dusted or wiped clean as often as necessary. A dust cloth sprayed with an
aerosol furniture cleaner can be used to keep it dust free.

NOTE: Do not spray anything directly on the globe or its base.

This globe is printed with quality light-fast inks. It should, however, be
kept out of direct sunlight.

Never use your globe as a toy. Do not throw it in the air. Do not use force
to make the globe turn. Treat it gently and it will last for years.

If Your Globe Fails to Operate Properly

1. Check the batteries. Weak batteries can cause a variety of

malfunctions. Dim lights are the first sign of weak or drained batteries.
Replace the batteries with a fresh set. If your globe will not be used
for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to prevent
possible corrosion.

2. Use the correct adapter. WARNING: Adapters not designed for the

GeoSafari Talking Globe can cause permanent damage to the unit’s
electronics. Using any adapter other than the one especially designed
for the GeoSafari Talking Globe will void your warranty.

3. Be sure the adapter plug is inserted securely into the unit, and the

adapter body is inserted into the wall outlet. 

NOTE: When the adapter is used, it will not drain any batteries in the battery

This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.




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Let’s Look at the 
GeoSafari Talking Globe


Press this key once to turn

on the unit. Press it again

to turn the unit off.

Press the up or down
arrows to adjust the
volume. The volume level
can be adjusted only when
no speech is playing.

Press this key to enter your game
set-up choices and to access new
questions during the game.

These keys serve a dual
purpose. Use them during
game set-up to choose
content, number of players,
and response times. Press
these keys during a game
to select answers. (See chart
on next page.)

Press these keys to repeat
the last question asked or
the last game set-up
instruction. Both keys access
the same information.


When the HELP light

flashes during a game, you

can press this key to hear

helpful clues.

Game Set-Up
As you customize your game
set-up, you will use the
ANSWER keys to program
question content, number of
players, and response times.

Choosing question content

Press key 1 for questions about
the world, USA, and Canada.

Press key 2 for questions only
about the world (no USA or
Canada questions).

Press key 3 for questions only
about the USA and Canada.




Choosing number of players





Choosing answer response time

20 seconds





40 seconds

60 seconds

120 seconds

1 player

2 players

3 players

4 players

The GeoSafari Talking Globe
quiz is easy to set up and
play. Use the ten keys on the
globe unit to program and
play fast-paced, challenging
quiz games.


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Getting Ready to Play

Turn your globe unit on by pressing the ON/OFF button. You will hear a
musical salute, the lights will flash, and a voice will welcome you to the
GeoSafari Globe Quiz.

Quick Start Game

You can start a 1-player game containing 10 questions about the world,
USA, and Canada by simply pressing the GO key. The unit will respond,

OK, we’re all set. Press GO to begin the game.

Just press GO again and

you’re ready to play.

How to Customize a Game

You can choose the content of your game questions (world and
USA/Canada questions, world only, or USA/Canada only), number of
players (1 to 4), and answer response times (20, 40, 60, or 120 seconds).
Just listen to the voice, press the flashing lights to make your choices, and
then press GO. Here’s how:

Selecting Content of Questions

After the greeting, you will be asked to 

Choose your questions.

• Press 1 to select a combination of world and USA/Canada questions.
• Press 2 to select only world questions.
• Press 3 to select only USA/Canada questions.


: You will have approximately 5 seconds to make your choice. If you

don’t make a selection within that time, the game defaults to world,
USA, and Cananda questions. If the GO key is pressed after entering the
content of questions, the game will begin with a 1-player game with a 
40-second answer response time.

Selecting Number of Players

After a few seconds, you will be asked to 

Choose the number of players

in today’s game.

Press the flashing key showing the number of players in

your game. You may select 1, 2, 3, or 4 players per game. 


: If the GO key is pressed after entering the number of players, the game

will begin with a 40-second answer response time. Each player will have 
10 questions to answer. If no key is pressed for 20 seconds, the unit will alert
the players and then repeat the last spoken instruction. If you need additional
help with a step, press the HELP key to hear the instruction again.

Setting Answer Response Times

The unit will ask you to choose answer times for each player.

1. Each player can choose an answer response time that fits their skill

level. This allows beginner players more time to answer questions. 


Answer Response Time


20 seconds


40 seconds


60 seconds


120 seconds


: If no key is pressed for 30 seconds, the unit will remind you that it is

waiting for you to respond. After another waiting period, the unit will beep
at periodic intervals until it reaches the 2-minute shutdown time. The unit is
designed to shut down after this time in order to conserve battery power.

Once the game content, number of players, and answer response times
have been chosen for all players, press GO to begin the game. At any
time, pressing GO will start the game with the previously programmed

Playing a Game

1. Player 1 starts the game by pressing GO.

2. The first question is read and the answer keys light as the

corresponding answer choices are read. 

• If a clue is available for that question, the HELP key light will flash as

soon as the question has been read. If no clue is available, the HELP
key light will not flash, and pressing HELP will cause an error tone.


: Pressing HELP will not stop the clock from counting down your chosen

response time, so listening to a clue does take up some of your response time.

• Pressing the REPEAT key enables you to listen to the questions and

the answer choices again.


: If the REPEAT key is pressed in the last 5 seconds of the clock’s

countdown, you will hear an error tone. Pressing REPEAT 


stop the

clock, and 

will not

take up any of your response time.


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3. Choose an answer to the question by pressing the ANSWER key that

matches your response. 

• If you are correct, you will hear a congratulatory response and will

earn 10 points. 

• If you are incorrect, you will hear a different response. The unit will

then tell you the correct answer to multiple choice questions, but will
not tell you the correct answer to questions with only two choices
available. No points are given for incorrect answers.

4. If there is more than one player in a game, the unit will tell the next

player to press GO for the next question. The game continues until
each player has been asked 10 questions.

Three-in-a-Row Message
Three correct answers in a row by any player are rewarded with a special
congratulation of sounds, flashing lights, and a verbal acknowledgment.

When Time Is Running Out
If the time is running out for a player to answer a question, five warning
tones will be heard. When the response time has run out, the unit will

Sorry, time’s up.

If a player is in the middle of listening to a HELP

clue when the time is up, the clue stops.

5. The game is over when each player has been asked 10 questions.

Players score 10 points for each correct answer. If there is more than
one player, each player’s number and score is read separately. If a
player gets a perfect score, there is a special acknowledgment. Tie
games are announced, as well.

Starting a New Game

Pressing GO will start another game of questions with the same question
types, number of players, and answer response times. If you wish to make
changes in the game set-up, turn the unit off and on again before
entering your new choices.

Let's Learn About Globe Features

Your globe is a representation of our earth. Like maps, your globe gives a
great deal of information about the world’s countries, cities, bodies of
water, landforms, and more. However, only a globe can show true
comparisons of size, location, and climate without distortion. Here is
some information about specific things you will see on your globe and a
list of terms relating to the movements of the earth.

Analemma - The analemma is the “figure 8” on
your globe located in the Pacific Ocean. It indicates
the sun’s latitude, showing the latitude where the
sun’s rays are vertical on any given day. Since the
sun’s rays fall vertically only in the tropics, the
analemma extends between latitude 23



° north 

of the equator (the Tropic of Cancer) and 
latitude 23



° south of the equator (the Tropic 

of Capricorn).

Axis - The axis is an imaginary line through the middle of the earth,
running from pole to pole. Your globe is mounted so that it rotates on its
axis. This movement of the earth, as it revolves around the sun, causes
day and night as well as different seasons.

Continents - We identify the following as continents: Africa, Asia, Europe,
North America, Australia, and South America. The European continent
includes Russia, and the southern border of Russia is the dividing line
between Europe and Asia. The Asian continent includes the Republic of
Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

Ecliptic Line on the Globe - This is the actual path taken by the earth on
its yearly trip around the sun. The ecliptic is not on the earth, but is
represented by a line on the globe that cuts the earth into two
hemispheres, at an angle of 23



°. The line on the globe representing the

ecliptic is divided into months, and the months are divided into days. The
signs of the zodiac are shown as well. This line also shows where the
vertical rays of the sun fall and the date this occurs.

Equator - The equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth into
northern and southern hemispheres. It is at 0° latitude and is equally
distant from the North and South poles.


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International Date Line - The International Date Line is an imaginary line
that for the most part follows the 180th meridian (180° longitude). As
this meridian is crossed, the calendar day changes. For example, if you
travel west from Hawaii on a Monday, the day changes to Tuesday once
you cross the International Date Line. If you travel east from China on a
Monday, once you cross the International Date Line the day changes to
Sunday. This line does not change the time of day, which is determined
by the earth’s standardized time zones.

Latitude - Lines of latitude are imaginary lines that run parallel to the
equator. On your globe, and on many terrestrial globes, parallel lines are
shown 10 degrees apart starting at the equator (0°) and ending at the
poles (90°).

Longitude - Meridians of longitude are imaginary lines that run through
both poles. On your globe, meridians are marked at 15-degree intervals,
starting with the meridian that passes through Greenwich, England. This
meridian at 0° longitude is called the Prime Meridian.

Revolution - The earth not only turns upon its axis once every day, but
also travels around the sun once a year in a counterclockwise direction.
This path around the sun is the earth’s orbit.

Rotation - The earth rotates, or turns, upon its axis from west to east
(counterclockwise) once every 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.09 seconds.
This movement causes day and night as different parts of the earth are
exposed to light, while opposite parts of the earth are in darkness. The
speed of rotation at any point on the equator is approximately 1,038
miles per hour (1,670 kilometers per hour), decreasing to zero miles or
kilometers per hour at the poles.

Time: Solar Time - According to scientists, time varies four minutes for
each degree of longitude, or one hour for every 15 degrees of longitude.
It takes four minutes for the earth to rotate enough for the vertical rays
of the sun to sweep over one degree of longitude.  

Time: Standard (artificial) Time - The world is divided into 24 time zones.
These zones run from north to south, roughly paralleling the lines of
longitude on the globe. All the places within a time zone share the same
time. There is a one-hour difference between places in adjacent time

For example, the contiguous United States is split into four different time
zones; Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific time zones, with the time
decreasing by one hour as one travels west through each
zone. If it is 7 p.m. in the Eastern time zone, it is 6 p.m. in
the Central zone, 5 p.m. in the Mountain zone, and 
4 p.m. in the Pacific zone. To help explain standard
time, a time dial on the top of your globe is marked to
represent the 24 hours of standard time in a day. You
can use the time dial to compare the times for any two
points on the globe. 






































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Glossary of Geographic Terms


an expanse of water with many scattered islands 


an inlet of the sea or other body of water that is
usually smaller than a gulf


a mass of land; one of the seven great divisions of
land on the globe


a low plain of soil and other sediments deposited at
the mouth of a river


an arid, barren tract of land with less than 
10 inches (25 cm) of rainfall a year


an imaginary line drawn around the earth that is
equidistant from the two poles; the equator divides
the earth into the northern and southern


a part of an ocean or sea that extends into the land 


a tract of land surrounded by water and smaller
than a continent 


a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land


an inland body of standing water 

mountain range

a landmass that projects above its surroundings
range and is higher than a hill


one of the large bodies of water into which the
whole body of salt water covering nearly 3⁄4 of the
surface of the globe is divided


a natural stream of water that empties into an
ocean, lake, or other body of water

Tropic of Cancer

an imaginary parallel line that is approximately 



degrees north of the equator, the northern-

most latitude reached by the overhead sun 

Tropic of Capricorn

imaginary parallel line that is approximately 



degrees south of the equator, the southern-

most latitude reached by the overhead sun

Notes on the Music 

Your GeoSafari Talking Globe includes many different types of questions,
including musical ones. Here is information about some of the music you
will hear:



The tango is a music and dance form that originated in Latin America.
Although it is based on the dances of a number of countries, the
Argentine people regard the tango as their national dance. This ballroom
dance has a basic pattern of step-step-pause-step-step-close. It is
characterized by long pauses and stylized body positions. 


“Waltzing Matilda”

“Waltzing Matilda,” the title of Australia’s most famous song, is about a
blanket roll, not a dance or a girl. The phrase “waltzing Matilda” refers
to tramping the roads.


“O Canada!”

In 1980 this song officially replaced “God Save the Queen” as Canada’s
national anthem. It is often sung in both English and French before
national events. The music was written by C. Lavelle, the French lyrics by
A. B. Routhier, and the English lyrics by R. S. Weir.



The lyrics of this song were written by Jose Marti. Its title translates as
“The Lady of Guantanamo.” 

United Kingdom

“London Bridge Is Falling Down”   

Associated with a traditional children’s game, the song refers to a bridge
that was built across London’s Thames River. In the Great Fire of 1666
many of the bridge’s houses and shops burned down. Today there are no
houses or shops on London Bridge. Between 1968 and 1971 the bridge,
which was sold to a U.S. businessman, was reconstructed in Arizona.
London Bridge was the only link between the north and south bank of
the Thames until the completion of Westminster Bridge in 1750.   


“La Marseillaise”  

This stirring melody was written in 1792 by Rouget de Lisle, a young
royalist officer in the French army. The revolutionary forces soon took this
song for their own. After the revolution “La Marseillaise” became the
national anthem of France. 


“Ach, Du Lieber Augustin” 

This charming German ditty is known to children as “Did You Ever 
See a Lassie?”


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Warranty Information

Dear Customer,

Thank you for purchasing the GeoSafari Talking Globe. We’re certain that you will enjoy
the learning experiences offered by this electronic product.

Educational Insights products are guaranteed to function for one year. Educational
Insights warrants each unit against factory defects in material and workmanship for one
year from the date of purchase to the original retail purchaser only.

Educational Insights’ sole and exclusive liability for defects in material and workmanship
shall be limited to repair or replacement at an authorized Educational Insights service
center. This warranty does not obligate Educational Insights to bear the cost of
transportation charges in connection with the repair or replacement of defective parts.

This warranty is invalid if the damage or defect is caused by accident, act of God,
consumer abuse, or unauthorized alteration or repair.

This warranty does not cover any claim concerning worn-out or defective batteries.

If your GeoSafari Talking Globe fails to operate satisfactorily during the first year after
purchase, return it postage prepaid with your check or money order for $6.50 for
handling and inspection. Be sure to include the product, your name, address, and a brief
description of the problem. Send this information to the factory service center listed
below. If this unit is found to be defective within the first year, it will be repaired or
replaced at no further cost to you. 


: Using any adapter other than EI-8702 voids warranty.


If your unit requires service after expiration of the one-year, limited-warranty period,
Educational Insights will service or replace it with a reconditioned unit—at our option—
upon receipt of the unit and your check or money order.

EI-8895 GeoSafari Talking Globe


Please call Customer Service (1-800-955-4436) for instructions to return defective units.
Charges are listed in U.S. dollars. Please send Canadian dollars in U.S. equivalent, plus 
$6.50 for postage and handling fee.

Direct all returns to:

Educational Insights
Customer Service Dept.
2206 Oakland Parkway
Columbia, TN 38401-9901


“Irish Jig”     

This sprightly tune accompanies Irish soft-shoe dances. Jigs were quite
often written in 6/8 musical notation. 


“Havah Nagilah”

This folk tune from Israel often accompanies a circle dance called the
hora. Our version was written by Avraham Zvi Idelson.


“O Sole Mio”

Reputed to come from Italy, “O Sole Mio” is a lighthearted song often
accompanied by an accordion.



“Sukara” is translated into English as the “Cherry Blossom Song.” The
importance of pentatonic scales without halftones in Japanese music
gives the song an Oriental sound.


“La Cucaracha”  

“La Cucaracha” translates into English as “The Cockroach.”  It is a lively
and popular tune. The national anthem of Mexico, the “Himno Nacional
de México,” is another memorable song. 



A folk song that originated in Nigeria, “Kumbaya” is sung around the


“The Volga Boatman”

This theme from an old Russian folk tune is heard as a recurring motif in
many works of Russian classical music.


“The Star-Spangled Banner” 

This was written on September 14, 1814, by American lawyer Francis
Scott Key, and was adapted from a popular English song by John Stafford
Smith. On March 3, 1931, the song was officially adopted as the national
anthem of the United States.  



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