One of the most popular seach engine is Google (www.gloogle.com ) Here you can see some of the alternative uses this engine offeres:

http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html
quoting from site ...
"Google Apps Education Edition is a broad IT solution that schools can use to bring communication and collaboration tools to the entire academic community for free. Google manages all the technology details, so you can focus your time, energy and budgets on teaching your kids.
Students, teachers and staff can share ideas more quickly and get things done more effectively when they have access to the same powerful communication and sharing tools. Google Apps Education Edition lets tech administrators provide email, sharable online calendars, instant messaging tools and even a dedicated website to faculty, students and staff for free. There's no hardware or software to install or maintain, since everything is delivered through a standard web browser -- anytime, from anyplace"


http://www.google.com/educators/tools.html

http://news.google.com/ Read the most updated news. No more newspapers!?

http://images.google.com/_ Find all kinds of pictures and drawings. Just type the key words and find hundreds of related imanges.

http://maps.google.com/ Satellite maps of all areas.

http://earth.google.es/ You can travel all around the world, viewing satellite images and zoom above the areas you want. Especial 3D images of some regions!

http://video.google.com/ Quite new search engine to find the videos you need.

http://scholar.google.com/ Search for scholar papers

http://finance.google.com/__ Check the stock market online

http://www.google.com/products You can shop online

http://catalogs.google.com/ these caltalogs can help you to find products easily


Do you know of any other use?