BECAUSE LITERARY READING BRINGS WISDOM TO THE INFORMATION AGE
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." — Mark Twain
Google Lit Trips, Chromebooks & new Google Earth Web!
No sooner did Google add it's new web-based version of Google Earth to its mapping resources, than Eric Curts posted a blog giving step-by-step directions for viewing Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the new Google Earth.
We're very excited about the new development. For the curious and those with the pioneering spirit, there are a few caveats at this early stage.
The new Google Earth Web currently only works when using Chrome browser on computers and Chromebooks. Plans are to expand access to other browser are in the works and should appear soon
Importing KML and KMZ files is still considered "experimental." There are a few minor bumps that need to be worked out as the KML/KMZ import function is refined. Among those bumps are:a. custom place markers are not yet appearing;
b. popup windows sometimes don't quite fit screen view; and
c. occasional issues with embedded media.
These and other minor issues will be addressed in the coming weeks.
Take a look at the new Google Earth Web. It's gorgeous and brings incredible new resources to Google's mapping suite.
Sneak Peek at Announcement for the
2017 Google Geo Teachers California Institute
Google Geo Teacher Institutes are workshops focused on introducing Google Earth, Street View, other Google Geo Tools, and their use in the classroom. CAGTI 2017 is a free, two-day event open to any educators of any level.
The 2017 Google Geo Teachers California Institute will be held at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, July 17–19th. This year Day 3 will be an optional "Hangout at Google" collaboration and workday. Applications open soon! Keep your eye on the 2017 Geo Teachers Institute website for application dates and other news as it develops.
New to Google Lit Trips? Here's How to Get StartedDownload pdf Getting Started with Google Lit Trips.
Students as Explorers: Using Google Earth with LiteratureEducation Week's Article on Global Learning by guest blogger Jerome Burg
What is a Google Lit Trip?Lit Trips are downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Along the way, placemarks with pop-up windows contain "just in time" resources including relevant media, thought-provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about "real world" references in that portion of the story. Our focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students.
Watch the video on the left for a simulation of the experience.
What's New in the GLT Library?
New TitlesA Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Until the Last Spike, the Journal of Sean Sullivan,
a Transcontinental Railroad Worker, Nebraska and Points West, 1867 by William Durbin
The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Eugene O'Neill's Tao House by Jerome Burg
2017 Updated Lit Trip TitlesNight by Elie Wiesel
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
In the Works"The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol
Stories from the Silk Road by Cherry Gilchrist
You can now offer suggestions for new Lit Trips on the Request a Lit Trip page.
An Educator's Reading List
GLT at The Tech Awards 2010