Internet giant Google Inc. has launched a new resource, "Google for Educators," that contains classroom activities and teacher guides for using a dozen Google applications in the curriculum. The web site, www.google.com/educators, also links to all these applications from a single location. The move marks Google's latest effort to spread its influence to schools.

One of these applications is Google Earth, a satellite imagery-based mapping product that lets users view the earth from space or at street level and is essentially a three-dimensional model of the planet that users can grab, spin, and manipulate. Different versions offer...

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