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Google Trips

Google Trips in a decorative font

Overview: Google Trips are FREE to create and view.  Google Earth allows you to "travel" around the world by viewing satellite images and information about the Earth, its oceans, the Moon, and Mars.  You seach by enetering locations, then explore using the tools to zoom, pan , spin, or tilt.  You can also turn back the clock to view historical images.  These trips can be used in so many ways across the curriuclum.
 

Students can mark the journey of their favorite book, or characters from famous literture on the surface fo Google Earth.  Students can also mark a particular time period or event in history, or create their dream vaction.  Google Trips can be used in many ways.  As a location is create, there are placemarks with pop-up windows contating a variety of resources including images.  Teachers can create their own tripw with provoking discussions starters or questions for students to answer, or link to "real world" references made in a story or a time in history.

 

How do your get started?
First, you will need Google Earth installed on your computer so you can create and view Google Earth Trips. http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html 

 

Earth from space with bright stars that reads Google earth
Check out this presentation with step by step instruction

 

 

Ways you can use Google Lit Trips:

  • Teachers can easily make their own Lit Trips for the specific content from their instruction.
  • There are pre-made trips that are available to teachers to use with their class to extend literature, integrate geography or visit a moment in time.
  • Students can create their own Google Trips to demonstrate their knowledge of what is being taught in the classroom.

 

 

 

Blue circle with white swirls

Google Trip will be saved in a KMZ file,
which will have the icon to the left.

Google Earth files are made in Keyhole Markup Language (KML or KMZ)  KMZ is the compressed version and these files open in Google Earth

 

Keyboard Shortcuts

File Menu:
Ctrl + O = Open 
Ctrl + S = Save
Ctrl + P = Print
Ctrl + E = Email

 

 

View Menu:
F11 = Full Screen
Ctrl + L = Turn On/Off Latitude and Longitude Lines
Ctrl + M = Opens Overview Map
F10 = Play Tour

Edit Menu:
Ctrl + F = Find in “Places”

Alt + F = Find Next

Alt + Shift + F = Find Previous

Ctrl + C = Copy

Ctrl + X = Cut

Ctrl + V = Paste 

Del = Delete

F2 = Rename
Alt + Enter = Properties
 

Other Tools:

F2 = Rename
F10 = Play Tour
F11 = Full Screen

Ctrl + 1 = Navigation Panel
Ctrl + 2 = Left Panel
Ctrl + 3 = Places Pane
Ctrl + 4 = Layers Pane
Ctrl + 5 = Search Pane
Ctrl + 6 = Measure window
Ctrl + 7 = GPS Device
Ctrl + 8 = Web Browser

Tools Menu:
Ctrl + 1 = Navigation Panel
Ctrl + 2 = Left Panel
Ctrl + 3 = Places Pane
Ctrl + 4 = Layers Pane
Ctrl + 5 = Search Pane
Ctrl + 6 = Measure window
Ctrl + 7 = GPS Device
Ctrl + 8 = Web Browser
 

Add Menu:
Ctrl + N = New Placemark
Ctrl + Shift + N = New Folder
Ctrl + Shift + O = New Overlay

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

Additional Info

Check out these Videos:

Map of google lit trip
Google Lit Trips
Introductory Video

 

Presentation for how to create a google lit trip
Step by Step How to Create
Part 1

 

Instructional video for creating lit trips
Step by Step to Create
Part 2: