Chrome Experiments of fun with html5 are meant to show off the clean and fast beauty of the new code. Of course Google wants you to see it in Chrome for full effect, and I would encourage that as Chrome is an easy and responsive browser, you try it out.
The Wilderness Downtown is a great example of an interactive and connected multimedia experience that mashes together Google Maps and Earth with a driving tune to blast you to your past. Go in and enter your old address and feel the nostalgia of swooping over your childhood home with a soundtrack and pacing just for you.
Students are making digital stories. They may not be writing html5 apps, but they are accessing, or can access, many sources of media to deepen their message. A showing of a story like what you help create with The Wilderness Downtown experiment can inspire students to consider how they can use everyday tools like Google Earth to connect with an audience.
Just go to http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/ and type in your address.