Think about the amount of time wasted on mapping (colouring, labelling, recolouring, fine point "sharpieing")...how much time is actually spent on the objective?

When the map is done, the kids close the books (unless they need to memorize items for a test), hand it in and that's it.

When maps are done in Google, you can send kids on a treasure hunt for world landmarks, or have them finally locate Timbuktu, or journey to other countries and cultures via streetview...

Think of the plethora of objectives that could be accomplished via Google Maps!