Using and Creating GoogleLitTrips

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What are Google Lit Trips?

The term "Google Lit Trip" was coined by Jerome Burg, creator of the website  Jerome is a Literature Teacher who found that using Google Earth to illustrate locations and settings to students increased their desire to read.  His website now hosts dozens of "Lit Trips" that you can download and view in Google Earth, along with links to resources and directions for creating your own Google Earth adventures. 

How Can I Find a Google Lit Trip?

First, visit and select from either K-5, 6-8, 9-12, or Higher Ed.  On each page you'll see a selection of titles to choose from.  On each Lit Trips' page look for the download link that will allow you to save the ".kmz" file from the website.
Note! - since Google Earth is a virtualized program on all FCPS computers, you will have to open the program first, then open the .kmz file that you have saved using the Google Earth menu commands File / Open.  The .kmz file will then open and you will see the locations and tour of the Google Lit trips in the "Places" window of Google Earth.

How Can I Use a Google Lit Trip?

Google Lit Trips are a great way to engage learners with virtual 3-D tours.  You can also use Google Earth during a teachable moment to quickly visit a setting or location.  Maps have always been vital to teaching location, but when projecting Google Earth images to the whole class you can replace your pull down maps with a window to the world!

           Political Map = Good                     Online Satellite Map = Better     3-D Google Earth = Amazing!

How Can I Create a Google Lit Trip?

A Google Lit Trip is simply a collection of "Placemarks" and online resources saved in Google Earth.  To create a tour or trip, begin by selecting the places you want feature in Google Earth.  Once you've put a placemark at each location you can then begin embedding photos, videos, weblinks, and more in the "Properties" window of each location.  To create a chronoligical tour be sure to select placemark icons with letters or numbers in the correct sequence.

Codes to Cut & Paste (from David Jakes)
These codes, and more, are available at Mr. Jakes' New Tools for Schools wiki

1.  Code for inserting image:
<img src="Insert image properties URL here">

2.  Code for inserting image:
<img src="Insert image properties URL here" width=300 height=150"> 

3.  Code for inserting hyperlink: 
<p><a href="Insert URL address here">Insert text that you are hyperlinking here</a></p>

  • Example - where black bold is web address, and green bold is the link text that is displayed
    <p><a href="">I Love NY Official Tourism Site</a></p>

4.  For adding spaces, use the html code for breaks:  <br>

  • For multiple spaces, add more breaks - <br> <br> <br> 

5.  For Teacher Tube video/Google Videos
After you have found the video you would like to add, copy and paste the "embeddable video code" from the site. 

Cut and paste the "embed" code for the video like you see above into the properties window of your placemark.  When the user double clicks on the placemark, they will then see the video playing in the Google Earth placemark window.

For example:
<embed src="" width="425" height="350"
type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"  flashvars="height=350&width=425&file=

6.  Discovery Streaming Video
Although video from Discovery Streaming cannot be directly embedded into Google Earth, you can create a link to that video so it can play in a browser for student access without having to log in to your Discovery Streaming account.

This is a multistep process:
1.  Sign in to Discovery Streaming, find the video you would like to add, and play it in the Windows Media Online player
2.  Pause the video right after it begins playing
3.  Right click anywhere on the screen and choose "Properties"
4.  Copy the URL for the video (it must be while the video is paused)
5.  Paste this URL into the Google Earth properties window with directions to click on the link to see the video

7. Add Colorful Text
1.  Type in the text that you would like to add to your placemark in the HTML Generator below.
2.  Select the color, size, and font.
3.  Click on the < > icon and the HTML code will appear.
4.  Copy and paste the code into your placemark.

Example Google Lit Trip

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

File Apple Pie.kmz3.86 KB

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