I'm not sure of the direct advantages of this as an app in teaching and learning yet, but it's great to see the versatility of the opensource model.
We currently run OpenOffice on our Macbooks and classroom PCs - to allow students to open files regardless of whether they are working in Windows XP or in OS X. This kid friendly version sounds like it will be lighter and more visually attractive. I look forward to seeing what the "specific adaptations for education" are.
Thus was born the project OOo4kids (pronounced "OpenOffice for kids").
OOo4Kids is a lighter version of OpenOffice dedicated to 7-12 year olds.