This morning Google announced the release of a new way to view images in Google Maps. 3D Photo Tours on Google Maps is a collection of public Panoramio and Picasa images of famous landmarks arranged into 3D panoramic tours. You can take a tour of places like the Grand Canyon, Buckingham Palace, and Fenway Park. Here's a complete list of the places for which 3D photo tours are available. To access these new views you do have to have to be using a modern browser that supports Web GL technology. The video below highlights the new 3D Photo Tours on Google Maps.
Applications for Education
If you don't have access to Google Earth on your school's computers, the 3D Photo Tours in Google Maps is a great alternative for showing students what some of the famous landmarks they may have studied look like.