Mar 3, 2017

Google Lit Trips and Tour Builder

Tour Builder is all about telling a story.  With this resource you can build a clickable, interactive story that guides students to different places around the world.  Watch how Bobby Lake, a high school history teacher, talk about the stories he creates for his students using Tour Builder.

make sure to read the whole post for more!

Now take a look at Mr. Lake's "War for Independence" tour and see for yourself how Tour Builder could be used to supplement your classroom instruction!

You can sign in with your district Google Account and start creating tours today!

What is a Google Lit Trip (GLT)?

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 below for a simulation of the experience.

Though you could create these on your own, GLTs are more of a resource that you can utilize as they are created by the community at large.  You will need to install Google Earth (which is available in the Software Center) to open the files that you download.

If you are interested in going on a GLT with your classroom and would like assistance, please contact your instructional technology coach!

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