Here is a great use of Google Maps that I found through my Twitter network. Rachel Leow has created a very detailed Google Map highlighting Marco Polo’s travels. Rachel has also created a RSS feed that you can subscribe to in order to receive updates to the map as they are made. Rachel is adding to the map as she reads through The Travels of Marco Polo.
Applications for Education
This map is a great example of how Google Maps can be used as part of a history or literature course. As I mentioned in my podcast last week, an interesting way to incorporate mapping into a literature course is to have students map the places a character visits in the course of a story.