Google Earth and Maps are two tools that will enhance any social studies classroom! They can also easily be integrated into other content areas. Here is a link to my presentation with videos and resources from ITEC 2010.
A few more custom maps:
MCS Outdoor Education and Eateries Near MCS
Google Maps Tutorial
Favorite Ways to Use Geo Apps:
*Big thanks to Google Certified Teacher, Chris Walsh for some of these links.
Walking Tour of Paris
Google's collection of favorite places around the world.
Lonely Planet's Favorite Places
Here are some application that you can use and then embed in Google Maps and Earth.
Google Maps in Other Languages:
Students of foreign languages can be tasked to locate cities, give directions, or create placemarks about museums, shops, geographical features and other cultural practices.
For Google Earth tutorial, ideas on how to incorporate Google Earth and other Web 2.0 tools in your classroom, go to Teens and Technology and then click on the GPS and GIS page in the left-hand column.
Teens and Technology - http://teensandtechnology.wikispaces.com