How I Use It
I have used this by showing my students areas of the world and how beautiful they are but then contrasting that with the natural disaster potential (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides) via google "layers" that can be shown on the map. Places of paradise are soon viewed with caution by my students and this is a great learning tool and discussion starter- should people be able to live wherever they want to?
Depending on the time you are willing to invest, this can make a huge impact on your students' learning. On the surface, this looks like google maps- you can see the map view, satellite view, etc...- upon closer inspection (and data driven work) you can really make maps come alive be overlaying layers to the maps.