How I Use It
I have the kids explore countries and capitals, make travel brochures including places that could travel to. I have them write down distances, convert miles / kilometers, and more. Then they present their info in class. I've also had them take screen shots and post their ideas on their blogs.
Google Maps is just an easter egg full of fun things to see. As a language teacher we would love to be able to travel the world but that isn't always a possible because of the finances involved. Google Earth lets you travel for free! The students enjoy playing on the computers too--the only bad part is our school has slow internet!