Scribble Maps is a fun and useful application for drawing and typing on Google Maps. Using Scribble Maps anyone can draw and type on a map. All of the zoom options and most of the search options available on Google Maps are available when using Scribble Maps. You can zoom in on an area and then type text, draw a circle or a box around an area, you can even doodle stick figures or whatever you like on your map. In the map below you can see my handiwork.
Maps created by using Scribble Maps can be shared via email or embedded into your website as shown above.
Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the link to Scribble Maps.
Applications for Education
Scribble Maps could be a good resource for teachers of geography, history, or current events. Using Scribble Maps students could create a map on which they highlight various sites and include short text descriptions of those places. Scribble Maps could also be used to quickly draw a simple timeline on a map. For example, I might have US History students draw a timeline of westward expansion at the top of a map. The students would then draw lines connecting years to landmarks on the map.
Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Google Lit Trips
Placeopedia - Wikipedia and Google Maps