There are many reasons for collaboratively writing documents, so here are a few ways to make this happen (other than just sitting around the table together):
- Wiki - These are online documents where all invited members can write, edit, update, etc. The wiki tracks all changes as well as who contributed what (so you can tell who actually did something). There are a few free wiki services, but PBwiki.com is one that is very friendly to education.
- Google Docs - Instead of sending Word files around via email and wondering who has the latest version, just have everyone log into their Google account, go to Google Docs, and they can view, edit, and comment on a doc you've created (or uploaded). Just add their email addresses in the Sharing panel for that doc. When done, simply download as a Word doc or PDF.