How I Use It
It is definitely great for cultures and countries, maybe even state study in 5th grade. A teacher used Google Maps in the computer lab for 5th grade to map out routes. I used the online version to create a map for students to mark new countries (add a photo and information).
This is a great app for people to use to get to places, but it can also be for learning about countries, landforms, distances, and math (speed, distance, rate). I love how it has real data, not a virtual game, so it is directly applicable to life.