Google Lit Trips: Reading and Writing

Published On: March 29th, 2016·By ·

Google Lit Trips Bring Literature to Life

Google Lit Trips

101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 62
Bring your classroom literature to life with Google Lit Trips. This resource for Google allows teachers to find downloadable files that show the real world locations of various literary characters using the Google Earth technology. Other features include links with supplementary information about the areas, ideas for discussion starters, and place marks that map the character’s journey. Google Lit Trips Titles are searchable by grade level or alphabetically, and teachers can also request a lit trip for any story their class is studying.

How We Decide Which Free Tech Tools to Feature
Yup, there are thousands of apps, tools, services, websites, and other offerings — many free — designed for teachers and students. So, how do we sort through all of those to feature the ones which are most useful and interesting? Well… we start by sorting through thousands of these things… then we talk to the presenters in the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community and watch their videos closely… then we talk to many of the members in the Teacher Learning Community, teachers just like you who are using these apps and tools day in and day out. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years and have, in that time, developed a sense for what’s good and bad. Have we missed something that we should feature here? Most certainly. So, let us know in the Comments section what we should take a look at and we’ll throw ’em into the hopper.


Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to


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