I've been running courses for the GA on 'Google Earth and Beyond' for some time now.... the beyond bit means moving towards Free GIS....
I used it to create the teaching materials for EDINA's MapStream service.
As a GIS package, this is capable of carrying out most of the same tasks as a package like ArcGIS.
It is also capable of acting as the host programme to run a WMS (web mapping service)
A WMS which you may be interested in Edina's MapStream - I have blogged about it previously (and recently) because of my involvement in creating the teaching resources.
While blogging this I remembered, and hunted out a set of resources for use with QGIS, which I got in 2008ish.
They were produced by the British Antarctic Survey, and provided a range of activities for exploring the South Pole and surrounding areas. They came in a spiral bound folder complete with various paper maps of the continent. I shall see where I might be able to fit some of those into my teaching.
A new set of materials created by Ian Allen @LearnPracGIS can be accessed HERE.
You can sign up for a free course. A Quantum GIS for Newbies eCourse.
Follow the link on the right hand side of Ian's page.
And keep an eye out for the GA's schedule of courses for the new academic year. They involve reruns of the various courses that I'm running including the Google Earth and beyond course....