Do you tell stories?

March 19, 2008

Last week I conducted a presentation on Google Lit Trips at SCASL 2008. I was very nervous and excited about the presentation but I think it went pretty well. I only had 50 handouts but over 100 people showed up for the session! If you missed the presentation or the handout, you can find it on my wiki http://techjulia.pbwiki.com I will post a picture of the group as soon as I get the jpg.

Today I ran across another site called We Tell Stories. Instead of using Google Earth to tell a story, this site is using Google Maps.

In Google Lit Trips, you can download a .kmz file and take a virtual trip through a work of literature. We Tell Stories is a new work of fiction. These are not classics or b00ks that you can check out at your local library. This site is actually a contest to read the stories over 6 weeks and follow a girl who has a habit of getting lost. Read more about the site here.

Isn’t it amazing all of the things that you can do now with Google Applications!!?? Check out Google Lit Trips and We Tell Stories to find out more. Then you can start telling your own stories through Google Earth and/or Google Maps.

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  •    Brenda Branson  |  March 28th, 2008 at 1:36 pm     

    Julia – enjoyed so much the Google Lit trip session that you did and I can’t wait to introduce this at school. What I’d really like to develop is a Literary Google Lit trip with local authors. My “big girl” book club is planning a road trip and it would be fun to tie in Google Lit trip mapping and even geocache the trip. Mmmm…. wish I had more time!

  •    mbrandon  |  August 3rd, 2008 at 6:30 pm     

    Hi Julia. I attended your Google Lit Trips session at ETV this week because I missed it at SCASL and I am so glad I was able to see it. I’ve just finished adding places for 2 Children’s Book Award Nominees for this year (Jack Plank Tells Tales & The Earth Dragon Awakes). I haven’t gotten into the pictures and descriptions or discussion questions yet but I’m excited so far. Thank you so much for this valuable training. :)

  •    techjulia  |  August 3rd, 2008 at 6:55 pm     

    mbrandon,
    Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you were able to see a session that you missed :) It is so frustrating when you go to a conference and the sessions you want to see are happening at the same time!
    What a great idea though…to add places for the SCCBA Nominees. Are you placing them in the author’s home town or where the book is based?
    An idea for links may be to link them to the SCASL page where there is the document for activities and book talks for the book award nominees.
    Good luck and Thanks for checking out my class.
    -Julia

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