I have written up a new Google Earth teaching idea that combines a study of the modern classic Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, with an investigation of Svalbard, one of the settings for the book. The book is published in the USA as The Golden Compass.
Students act as location-scouts, examining the terrain in Google Earth and adding placemarks to indicate where they would film the various action sequences.
The film version of the book entitled The Golden Compass, is in production. There is an official site for the film.