Sunday, December 7, 2008

Google Lit Trips

Is this a site for Webquests? Novel Studies? Or what? Well...it's a little of both, sort of and more. Here's what the site says:

"This site is an experiment in teaching great literature in a very different way. Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place... and so much more!"

I've found that students really like Google Earth, so this sounds like a great way to use a fun application so that the students think they're just having fun, but they're also learning.

These screenshots are from the novel MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD Lit Trip. It was created by Carol LaRow It caught my eye because I used to teach a novel
from the Revolutionary War time period, like this one. So, I wanted to be able to picture how I would've used this in my classroom. (If you click on a screen shot, you can see an enlarged, readable picture).

A lit trip can include questions, maps, pictures, and more, as you can see from these shots. You could take your kids to a computer lab for each person to work on their own. Or you could pair the students up or you could do this as a class with only one computer. I think the options are endless. Plus, as you'll see on the Google Lit Trips site, there are many trips to choose from and more are being added. They are grouped by grade level. You will need Google Earth to open a Lit Trip, but it's a free download. Google Lit Trips links to it for you.

Just a disclosure: the site states that this is a project developed by the Google Certified Teachers program, but not directly affiliated or sponsored by Google Inc.