GoogleDocs seems like it could be very useful for collaborative projects. I need to check and see if it is unblocked in Alief. My principal has asked me to head up a project coordinating with each grade level at our school to create a "College Bound Curriculum" with vocabulary and concepts about college for each grade. I think I will explore using GoogleDocs for this project, if it is accessible from school. I watched the video available in GoogleDocs Help, and it seems to indicate you can create forms for people to contribute information. I am going to explore this a bit more and see if it will help with my project.
I am going to try downloading Open Office on one of my computers that doesn't have MS Office. It would be useful to be able to save and send things to school, where I use Office. I guess the jury is still out on it's utility, until I have the chance to take a look. This could be a great resource for students who don't have Office at home.