Google Docs are much like Microsoft Office. It allows you to create documents, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentations. They are similar to Office, but offer freedom to collaborate. They are made for online collaboration and storage.
For example the Reading Dep. chair needs to gather information from each of her teachers into a common document. This would require each teacher to gather her date create a document and give it to the Dep. chair who would then reenter the data into a common document. She would then send out that document to the teachers to review and make corrections. They would then send the document back to the Dept. chair to make corrections. This process would repeat until all were satisfied requiring a lot of reworking and multiple copies.
The magic of Google Docs is that you create a document invite others to collaborate. You decide if they can view or edit the document. They can also insert notes.
Google Docs. has unlimited value for both administrative purposes and instructional uses. I love the fact that you can access the document anywhere and that it can be exported as an Office doucment. I am going to do my best to get my teachers to create an account so we can start collaborating.