Office Tools - Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Better for publishing on CD
Or uploading to GoogleDocs
The main advantage of the office tools, whether from Microsoft or the open source OpenOffice.org, is that that they are on most personal computers, so they form a common toolset. It is relatively easy to create hyperlinks to artifacts, easy to add comments for reflection and feedback, and you don't need Internet access to develop portfolios, so students can work off-line. Publishing is often on CD, but these files can also be uploaded to GoogleDocs when high speed Internet access is available..