9 – Slack

UP 3 places. First time in Top 10.

Slack is a team collaboration tool, for real time messaging and file sharing.

Website: slack.com
Cost: Free and premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018: 15
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2018: 6
Top 100 Tools for Education 2018: 31

Past Overall Rankings
2017: 12    2016: 20    2015: 83    2014: –    2013: –    2012: –    2011: –    2010: –    2009: –    2008: –    2007: –


Comments from some of those who selected Slack as one of their Top 10 Tools

“My company has used Slack as our primary mode of communication since we started. It’s dramatically reduced the emails in our inbox and allows us to “work out loud” so that we can be on the same page about a variety of projects.” Brian Washburn, 2018

“Most of my team interaction takes place over Slack. It’s how I keep up with the office from 1200 miles away.” JD Dillon

“We use Slack for all our internal communication. I have to say that, initially, I was not a big fan, but it has grown on me significantly.” Kasper Spiro, 2018

“This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of three active Slack ‘communities of practice’: the essential space between work groups and social networks.: Harold Jarche, 208

“our over-earned community choice for several years now. At Winston Wolfe, all internal communication is only via Slack, with of course the necessary GIFs. And with the integration of some nice bots and other services Slack is even more ‘the place where work happens’ at Winston Wolfe. Moreover, there is our small Slack community with some Belgian L & D technicians, where we share info, blogs, videos, … about learning (and technology). Mighty (and we still have a few places, so let’s hear)” Mathias Vermeulen, 2018

“working out loud and community of practice. A place for work, learning is incidental because of the greater transparency it encourages (plus there’s chatbots galore!)” Arun Pradhan, Australia

“Our main communication as a team, for sharing ideas and resources” Helen Sanderson, New Zealand

“Topical channels and 1:1 chat help me keep up with my coworkers and share information as a remote team member.” JD Dillon, USA

“easy communication tool that allows us to check with co-workers in real time” Josh Gertz, USA

“Great for both businesses and student groups.” Anon, USA

“great tool for team communication” Miriam Speidel, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“I think this tool hasn’t yet come of age, but those who are experimenting with it in my organisation are finding it very useful and it is shifting the way that we learn and collaborate together. I think this has more potential than some of the other similar tools that have been around for the past few years.” Simon Gosney, L&D Manager, UK, 2016

“This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities of practice, the essential space between works groups and social networks.” Harold Jarche, Consultant, Canada, 2016

“for my teams” Joitske Hulsebosch, Consultant, Netherlands, 2016

“this message application is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities.” Harold Jarche, 2015