Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Google Lit Trips

This weeks tech tip is going to focus on Google Lit Trips- which are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth.  Each location along the journey has resources, thought provoking discussion questions, and real world applications from the text.  Its goal is to place the readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters.  They want to stimulate higher level thinking skills and connect the text to issues of the real world.


GLT Overview: Animation Demo from GoogleLitTrips on Vimeo.

You can also have your students create their own tours at Google Earth Tour Builder.  Here they will be able to create a tour just like in the video above.  I have included an 8 minute video explaining how to use this new tool below:

 

Integration Ideas:

     -Map a characters journey after students finish a book 

     -Create an interactive journey about famous people in history

     -Plot distances in math class

     -Map weather

Please share in the comments section below if you have any other ways you use Google Lit Trips in your classroom.

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