You can create your own personal maps, on which you can pin destinations with notes, HTML code and links. You can keep the map private, or share it by making it public and sharing the map's URL or embedding the map on a blog or webpage (see below).
What we have done on our class webpage is create a Class Learning Map. As the year progresses we will add destinations that we have 'visited' in our learning. By the end of the year we should have a well populated map.
I really like the way it allows the pupils the opportunity to explore the destinations discussed using satellite views.
You can see our current learning map by visiting this url: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zY0HfQkd_QCw.kJmGh7SiuTl0
If your pupils have their own blogs and Google accounts, why not let them create their own maps, writing about the places that they have visited?
It's a simple, straightforward idea that is easy to maintain- get the pupils to do it all!
Like this idea? There's loads more at www.chrismcwilliam.blogspot.co.uk