Late Wednesday, the search giant launched the site Google for Educators. The site includes how-to video tutorials for products like Blogger; lesson plans for applications like Google Earth; and links to a training academy for those who want to become a "Google certified teacher," a pilot program for teachers to learn about technology.
"We think of this site as a platform of teaching resources--for everything from blogging and collaborative writing to geographical search tools and 3D modeling software--and we want you to fill it in with your great ideas," according to Google's site.
With the educators' site, Google continues a run on diversifying its business. Earlier this week, the companya $1.65 billion acquisition of video-sharing Web site YouTube.
Google's education push competes with similar efforts by rivals including Microsoft and Yahoo. Microsoft, for example,this fall of Philadelphia's School of the Future--a school that boasts a centralized high-tech network for learning and administration.
Google's resource site includes a teacher newsletter that offers tips and features on using technology. It also has links to how-to guides for 12 Google applications, including Web search, Book search, Google Maps, Google Video, Picasa photo-sharing and Google Docs, a free word-processing service. Finally, the Google site showcases examples of how other teachers are using the programs in partnership with education research agency WestEd and blog site Infinite Thinking Machine.