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Don't forget that you need to post at least 3 research posts by Tuesday, March 31st at midnight. By getting these written sufficiently, we will hopefully have a really good start to our research and everyone will have a better understanding of what Google Lit Trips is all about! Don't forget to include the website you found it from so that we can be sure to cite everything correctly later.

If your post answers one of the specific questions we went over in lab, you can repost it under the appropriate page or child. Then the information will be there for the writers/editors to work with or the researchers to expand on. Thanks! 

 Jennifer Wilson

One of the problems with Google Lit Trips is that a person has to have Google Earth downloaded onto their computer because Google Lit Trips saves the file as a KMZ file.  However if a person has Google Earth there is no problem when looking at a Lit Trip. -Stacy Baute  (

A review from a teacher (

_The very first classroom activity that I did with GE was map the route of the girls in "Rabbit Proof Fence". I teach on an integrated team and my English teacher was reading the book with the students and I, the geography teacher, would take them on the journey of what the girls were expereincing as they made their way through brutal western Austalia on foot. It was both captivating and meaningful... and my infatuation with GE's wonderful to see that someone has formalized these lit trips because I believe strongly in 'placing' novels and stories so that kids can wrap their brains around not just the word, but the locations that inspire them! -_Diana

A great list for teachers to consider before they start using google lit trips ( Allow time for free exploration---don't get bogged down by all of the features. Placemarks and virtual tours are great, but some students may benefit more by simply exploring the globe at their own pace.
Make sure you understand all of the features before you show your students so that you can navigate "Earth" efficiently.
Don't confine Google Earth to the social studies classroom. Most if not all subjects could benefit from this application, if used correctly.
Take the time to at least skim the user guide or watch a tutorial. If you just explore Google Earth on your own, you won't even know what great features you might be missing.From Stacy Baute

Lauri Mitchell

In recent years, literary maps have become very popular in classrooms, especially in secondary education English classes. A literary map is defined as "a literary map shows locations related to a piece of literature, the life of an author, or literary locations in a particular place (e.g., all the authors born in a state)." However, they originally started as poster boards or drawings created by teachers or students and have just recently been taken to another level through online programs, including Google Lit Trips, which uses the satellite maps from Google Earth. This can give students a very strong visual aid to better understand the books they are reading, especially if they take place in a foreign country.

The goal of the website is to integrate lesson plans created by students and teachers, not just by the website creators themselves. Jerome Burg, the website creator, is very open to communicating with people who are willing to create google lit trips. By simply emailing him (or the website), you can find out if someone else is already working on a piece of literature that you are interested in or interested in creating. Then, information can be provided so that you can possibly collaborate with someone else already working on one, or possibly you could make an alternative map.

A similar approach to this Google Lit Trips concept is done with only the Bible at This website calls the process geocoding, and it is a literary mapping device that Google Earth to follow the chapters of the Bible. These two websites could be used in collaboration, or a similar lit trip could be created with the Google Lit Trips application itself. An entire lesson plan for Lit Trips could be designated to a specific Bible chapter as well in terms of a business/industry lesson plan possibly.

We are proud to announce that the Asia Society has named Google Lit Trips as a co-winner of the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Prize for Excellence in International Education for Media and Technology.


Joey Gardner- Other applications used on Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips has a few applications that are incorperated into the website that it is important to know how to use in order to maximize the usefulness of Google Lit Trips. The entire site of Google Lit Trips is based around Google Earth. This makes it important to become familiar with and be able to use Google Earth. Google Earth is used in Lit Trips as a way to create a virtual tour of characters plites in books. Google Earth is also available in 39 languages which makes it easy for people of all languages to create and post a Lit Trip of foreign books such as Don Quixote. _Google Earth is fairly easy to use but if you find yourself having troubles is a great website to help you navigate Google Earth. _ Another important application used in Google Lit Trips is Podcast. Podcast allows you to record yourself talking about the book and then post your commentary and broadcast it through Googel Lit Trips. This allows the viewer to hear as well as see what is going on.  If you are having trouble recording or broadcasting your podcast is basically podcast beginners and should help you figure out what you need to know. However, with the podcast you will also need quicktime player which can be downloaded for free from and is an necessary application for playing podcasts from Google Lit Trips.   This website contains several slide shows that show how to use google and google earth which are both important applications needed to run Google Lit Trips.    The edtech website contains helpful hints on how to use google earth. Using google earth can be complicated at times but it is a necessary application for Google Lit Trips. The site also contains links to other helpful sites related to google earth.    Another application available in Google Lit Trips is Podcast. Podcast allows students to hear about as well as view books. is a helpful tool in taking you through step by step on how to make a podcast.

KMZ files are used in Google Lit Trips as the primary file for downloads. A KMZ file is a compressed version of a KML and is used to save the maps from Google Earth to the Google Lit Trips site. Great website if somehow we can incorperate it into our webpage. It's basically the manuel to google earth. This is podcast for dummies. Great site.

I have no idea if any of this answers the question that I was suppose to be answering. If anyone thinks I'm way out in left field or has any suggestions PLEASE let me know. Thanks!

Jessica Clusserath- The Purpose of Google Lit Trips

The purpose of this site is to help students visualize where the characters in their favorite books are going when they are reading the novel. By sharing KMZ files, students are able to take a virtual tour of where their favorite characters have visited!

The site also allows the educator to create their own lit trip specific to their classroom and the novel they are reading! By doing so, the information being presented is revelant to the students and the teacher can incorporate different tools the class has learned about.

Google Lit Trips also allows teachers to incorporate different lessons into one single, interesting lesson. For example, while studying literature, you can study geography and social studies at the same time with Google Lit Trips! This is often quite handy for an elementary teacher trying to find an interesting way to present "boring" information!

I hope this helps everyone! If you find anything else to add, please feel free to do so! Thanks!

Matt Bennett- How does a Google Lit Trip work?
This brief article deals with the way that educators and students can make a lit trip. It can be done on a pre-made map or through the interactive Google maps. It is actually quite simple; all that needs to be done is locate the points of interest on the map and connect them appropriately. This is very beneficial for helping students understand the real life application, and can be used for much more than just literature classes.

Homeschool students are using this application too. This site provides a little more information about how to use this, but for me the main positive aspect of this page was the fact that it made me think about how many different uses this aplicatuon can have. It can be used in more than just literature classes. It can be used in almost all history classes, and also in Bible studies. This application is a great way to enhance the learning experience no matter what you are learning about.

This site provides a very detailed list of instructions for both setting up and using the Google Lit Trips application. It might be able to work for more areas than just my onw, so if you guys want to use this link it is great for numerous fields. It also describes different things you can do with the project other than just the basic lines that show a route followed. This page shows how you can do different things with the page that can increase the effectiveness of using this application for a lesson. It is great for understanding how this program works!

Krystal Zimmerman- Unique Uses

I was just experimenting with google earth to find how else the program could be used, and I discovered the street view option. I went to Madrid, Spain where I studied abroad last summer, and I could actually go in and get a 360 degree street view of basically every area of the city of Madrid. This is really cool for me because I could give my Spanish students a tour of the city. It is so cool. I am really astounded by this technology. This is so much better than just showing pictures because you can get a 360 degree view so it is just like you are there.I'm working on thinking of some other unique use, but I can't promise I'll come up with anything else.

"Another idea I had is that we could also outline a whole curriculum in Google Earth. Instead of one book, we look at all of the books we study over the course of a year (i.e. The Whale Rider, Greek Mythology, The Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet, etc.) and all the places those books take us."

This PDF file basically shows all the steps to creating your own Google Lit Trip which may not be as important to us since we aren't all going to be creating our own, but I am sure that the teachers at the convention where we will be presenting will definitely appreciate that information. After reading all the other research and seeing the lit trips, they will want to know how to create their own. I think it would be great for us to create a publisher document to hand-out on that day with this information as well as the Google Lit Trips URL and our project page so that they will be well informed of how to get started using Google Lit Trips. Lit Trips_Basics.pdf

Educational Settings- Krista Mehl
Google lit trips make a good effect in educational setting because they create an image for the mind of the reader. Children have little experience to pull from their imagination to form mental pictures while they are reading a story. By using Google Lit Trips, they can actually see what the characters in the story saw. It can create a  more pleasant and lasting literature experience. (  written by Callie Whelan)
Google Lit Trips is a great way for students to use technology in the classroom. Google Earth is an awesome application that uses satellites to view any place in the world. By following the travels from stories on Google Earth it is a highly interactive way for students to connect to the story they are reading or discussing in the class. (by Suzie Boss
Another cool things students are doing with Google Lit Trips is setting fictional novels to real places. One class for example used the story The Golden Compass, students found real locations to follow the story with. (by Ginny Hutcheson,
Google Lit Trips makes an awesome interactive activity for students to get more out of the books they are reading. Being able to follow the story and the characters by looking at maps and images inserted into the maps is a great way for the plot to really come alive and be made more enjoyable by the students. It can be used in a college setting all the way down to fourth or fifth grades in elementary schools. It also can be useful in integrating technology into the classroom. Many blogs have referenced it being a " cross-curricular connections, literary exploration, and 21st century skills."( Jill Castekon September 25, 2008)

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  1. Unknown User (emnorton)

    Emily Norton-  Examples of it being used to illustrate its current educational value or potential value.

    This is an article which discusses Google Lit Trips. The article says that when exploring Google Lit Trips, it involves active engagement and puts students directly into the story rather than sitting at a desk as a teacher teaches at them. Students can also add to the placemarks which intensifies their understanding of the topic.

    This article explains how students can discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place. Examples this site gave of stories used are: By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleishman, My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, Traveling with P.G. WodehouseThe Aeneid by Virgil,Candide by Volatire, The Grapes of Wrath _by John Steinbeck, _Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Night _by Elie Wiesel, _The Odyssey by Homer, and_ Blood Meridian_ by Comac McCarthy.

    An example of something else that can be used is explained in this article. Lesson plans can be used using Google Earth. This is a good way for students to get more involved and find the lessons more interesting.