A few months ago, we did a group activity as a class involving Google Docs and cloud computing.
It didn't go well.
Today, we did it again. There wasn't twenty of us this time; there was only five (we were making geography notes). Yet, we managed to spit out more work than we did that other time (although not rationally), and it was more legible as well. Let me enlighten myself as to why:
1) We actually knew what the heck we were doing. The first time, the instructions were basically 'research and write stuff'. The first time, we didn't know how we were going to present the information. We didn't have a plan; we didn't have a designated format. This leads to my second point.
2) We were more organised this time around. I suppose this could be because our "research" (or given data) was pre-organised for us. This allowed us to split up roles and allot assignments easily, and work without constraints from peers. I suppose this also has to do with our smaller numbers, but I think a big group of twenty is just as capable of this kind of organisation.
We got quite a bit of work done, and I'd say I'm pretty satisfied. We still have what I'd estimate another six pages or so to go, but at the rate we're working, I see it going by quickly. Today, I learned that the correlation between output and the number of workers isn't linear, but... uh... curvular (because 'quadratic' refers to math and 'non-linear' sounds redundant. Also, reference from grade 8.) The purpose of Google Docs is so many people can work on one project at the same time efficiently, and we have done just that.
Therefore, Google Docs works as it should. Proof: our (not yet completed) 14-page, 4000-word loooong document.
ETA: We're done- 20 pages and 6000 words. Anyone who wants geography study notes can find the document here.