Options such at Google Lit Trips or Google Earth Walks are some cool options that capitalize on the use of Google Earth. But they can be somewhat confusing to create for the tech-timid user and do require the use of Google Earth. A couple of very easy-to-use tools have since been launched that make it easy for students to create these "tours of information"...Google Tour Builder and Google My Maps.
This has led me to create "LiteraTours" that students can create as they read assigned novels. Our first LiteraTour is launching this May with The Cay.
I can also see the use of Google My Maps as an intriguing option for a truly interactive notebook in a social studies or world history class utilizing the different map's layers for different categories of information...stay tuned as I begin to develop that concept.
Meanwhile, I've created an infographic that highlights a few of the differences between these two great options for storytelling through maps. Both are equally great options, it just depends on the needs of the task as to which tool would be best.