This Tech Tip came after working with some teachers at Patrick Henry schools at an inservice. They were trying to load a Lit Trip that had been emailed to them into Google Earth on their teacher Chromebooks and it was not working correctly.
If you are wondering, “What is a Lit Trip?” you might not be alone. Many teachers have not heard of this wonderful tech idea which is essentially a series of locations that you can load into Google Earth and have the students fly and visit virtually, the places described in a piece of literature.
An example is the Diary of Anne Frank. You sign up for Lit Trips at the website.
Visit the Lit Trip Library and choose which one you would like to do. There are currently 83 titles available. You visit the GLT store and complete a form with your email address and the Lit Trip you would like to be sent to you.
Open your email and click on the link. You will have been sent a zipped archive (.zip file)
The download status will popup. Click SHOW IN FOLDER to see the zip file in your Files app on the Chromebook.
The Files app will open.
Now here is where the Chromebook is different than a regular PC or Mac. Those two operating systems allow you to natively (or with a helper app) open and view zipped archives.
You can do the same on a Chromebook but you must be in the Files app. The Files app will mount a zip file as an external drive if you double click the file.
STEP 3 – Open in Google Earth for the Web
Now we have a file to add to Google Earth. Inside the zip file was a KML file that contains data that can be imported into Google Earth.
Go to Google Earth on the web.
Click on My Places.
Find the link at the bottom that says Enable KML support in Settings.
Scroll to the bottom and click Enable KML File import.
Save your settings and then on the first screen click IMPORT KML FILE.
Click Open File.
Click on the Zip file in the left sidebar and choose your Lit Trip (KML file) and click Open.
Your Lit Trip will now load in Google Earth.
Click the Info Icon to see more information on each of the locations.
Now you know how to use Lit Trips on the Chromebooks with your students. Why not give it a try in your classroom?