Simon Howells from Cheadle Hulme School has created a brilliant clip showing how to use Google Maps and Street View to create an interesting and engaging way of teaching directions. The screencast takes you through each stage of the process and explains how pupils can produce a PowerPoint as a final outcome. See example below:
Finally, if you want to explore other possibilities of using Google Maps to teach directions have a look at Vidmap and in particular this clip which shows how to geotag a video! It seems to me that pupils could use Vidmap to practise directions by adding subtitles on to a video clip using Movie Maker and then plot the route in Google Maps using the Vidmap interface. What do you think?
Thanks to eyebeams for the heads up