Did you ever wonder where a special event took place?
Richard Byrne posted how to use Google Maps on Free Technology for Teachers. Using Google Maps in class is a great way to visualize places and distances when you are reading a book or discussing an event that took place in another country. You can make your own map and have the whole class collaborating and adding place marks. If the students are creative they can also embed videos on the map. To indicate a route you can draw lines from one place to the other. This would be a good idea if you are visualizing a journey.
For instructions on how to do this see his slides here: