Use Google Maps more...I mean...just use Google Maps with my class. A cool idea comes from We Tell Stories, a digital writing project from Penguin UK. Six authors have been challenged to create new forms of story - designed specifically for the Internet and that "...take full advantage of the immediacy, connectivity and interactivity that is now possible." The first story is told by following the story through Google Maps as it unfolds.
Obviously, there are numerous ways to do this same type of thing in the classroom. I'm thinking of doing something similar in social studies--Paul Revere's Ride, hiking the Appalachian Trail, Lewis and Clark's journey, the Trail of Tears, etc.
Goal #1 - Embed Google Maps into my classroom blog.