I have had the opportunity to use Google Docs several occasions. However, most of the time I have used a Google Doc it was between a group of people who were not online at the same time. I think this is the best use for the application. That is not to say the way it was used here was not appropriate, I just didn’t think it wasn’t optimal. For me it was being on-line at the same time. I think in an optimal situation “passing” the doc back and forth makes better use of the app.
I find explaining ideas and concepts in any chat forum are difficult at times. So, going back and forth in such a manner would not be my first choice. I prefer face to face brainstorming, such as in class. Sometimes I feel if you are not a strong writer, you spend more time trying to get a point across than getting things done.
In using the program itself, I really like it. I love the way it automatically saves your work for you. Google has added several new features since I last used it, such as drag and drop photo placement and of course there is the smart phone app.
It’s nice to be able to make additions, corrections or whatever else needs to be done, without having to physically have the document in hand. You can literally go back to it an infinite number of times, any time. This saves a lot of time and if you use it appropriately you can reap many benefits. And defiantly finish a doc in little time. Just create the doc and invite who you want to be able to access it. You can also give as much or as little access and editing power as you want. As far as the writing portion of a project I think this is a beneficial tool.