Another practical use for Google Earth has been found in these interesting lessons that utilize this application. On the website named Google Lit Trips you will find a list of lessons using various texts in which a virtual “trip” has been planned for use in describing events, settings, etc. of a story.
2 interesting videos as an introduction to Google Lit Trips are presented by Kate Reavey (Peninsula College). Part 1
This has the potential to be an excellent resource for teachers who are looking for ways to introduce literature in a different format into their classrooms. The lessons seem good enough to be used with a class via a teacher’s computer that is hooked up to data projector or it could be used by students at individual computers.
Looking at the above and, based on my knowledge of how reasonably user friendly Google tends to make the applications I have already used, it leads me to believe that creating your own lit trip would not prove to be too difficult a task. There is a pdf “how-to” for creating your own lit trip ad it does not look to difficult. I have a small group of students working with me at the moment, reading e-books from DailyLit. One of the titles is Around the world in eighty days. I thought that this would make an interesting project for us to expand on the journey through the book whilst learning about creating something new with GoogleLitTrips.
In general, this site seems to be an extremely valuable resource with downloadable materials complete with discussion questions and other class activities. I believe that this could be a great tool to help students visualize and learn about the places they encounter in various stories.
To get started on your Lit Trip journey with characters from famous children’s novels you will have to :
- Download Google Earth
- Return to Google Lit Trips
- Click on one of the grade level links at the top of the page
- Find a Lit Trip that meets your interest
- Start exploring
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