Google apps. should help expedite communication within our department. I think we can have less meetings while conducting our business through document sharing.
Google apps. should also help in the classroom in three main areas - communication, collaboration, and creation. Students will be able to work in class, as well as outside of class. The entire class can work on one document, or groups can work on separate documents. Students will be able to work together without actually being together. A paperless classroom will be a big advantage.
I'm especially excited about using the collaboration tools. I think they will help the students learn from each other while encouraging individual creativity.