excellent example of using Google Earth to map story of Odysseus in The Odyssey. Today, through Open Culture, I learned about another interactive map of The Odyssey. Odysseus' Journey is a fourteen point map created with ArcGIS Explorer. You can click through the points on the map or click through the timeline view at the bottom of the map to learn more about each stop in the journey.
Applications for Education
Odysseus' Journey is a good model of using maps to illustrate a story. Your students could create similar maps about stories they read. ArcGIS Explorer, Google Maps, and Google Earth are all good options for creating mapped stories.