Google’s been getting a lot of press this week about their agreement to buy YouTube for a boat load of money. I’m still not sure how they make money out of it but that’s their problem.

However, the company this week had a potentially more interesting, if lower profile, announcement. They threw open the virtual doors of Google for Educators.

Taking a quick tour through the place, it looks like they assembled the site by pulling together all of their projects that could have some educational purpose. It remains to be seen how all these pieces will fit together.

But the site highlights some of the complaints critics have about Google, that their offerings are somewhat chaotic, often incomplete, not to mention rather dull.

It’s also a good illustration of how the company works is very much in keeping with the whole concept of Web 2.0.

The big brains at Google cook up all kinds of ideas for web applications in their labs. Many of them get thrown out in the world for people to try as soon as they’re usable. Not perfect, just usable.

It’s then up to the general internet public to decide if the idea is worth keeping. If it is, anyone and everyone gets to participate in helping make them better.

Can you imagine if that approach was applied to other businesses and institutions?

Like public education?

google, education, web 2.0