46 – Gmail

Down a further 5 places in 2019

Gmail is a free web-based email service from Google. Also part of the Google Apps suite.

Website: gmail.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 31
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 73
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 67

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 41.   2017: 39    2016: 32    2015: 52    2014: 31    2013: 32
2012: 27    2011: 20    2010: 31    2009: 21    2008: 14    2007: 7


Comments from some of those who selected Gmail as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “Part of Google family. Easy and reliable. Mails are organised and synchronize with all mobile devices. Has moderately good security.”  Lecturer, Malaysia

Previous comments

  • “I still use email. I use it less than the past and I look forward to a few newsletters that I receive” Dennis Callahan, 2018
  • “Easily the most seamless mail service available” Anon, USA
  • “attachments & Inline attachments Very intuitive” Presanna, India
  • “To read newsletters from many workplace learning related sources. To read personal email newsletters from sources related to my hobbies” Sharon Wingron, Consultant, USA, 2016
  • “gmail is hands down my favorite tool – learning/non-learning. Simple but powerful. The labels keep me hyper-organized (which is saying something).” L&D Advisor, USA, 2016
  • “To communicate quickly with students with abilities to attach photos, documents, and links” Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA, 2016
  • “Great mail system, can interface with different browsers and always (so far) available.” Marquita Poinsetta, Trainer/Instructor, USA, 2016
  • “The email compares to a shopping mall where entering through a single door opens you up to millions of choices.” Rose Ngacha, Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA, 2016
  • ““This is still my primary method of communication.” 2015
  • “Gmail – school and personal correspondence. I would be lost without my email and still feel it is the number one choice of communication for schools and business today. I would prefer to now have students use Google Classroom for all of their work, but some still struggle. This is a good way to ensure there is another option.” Virgina Goen, 2015
  • “I use this to participate in NSTA listservs, communicate with colleagues, and communicate with students.” Olivia Seger, 2015
  • “gmail for personal. For personal / professional purposes I use it to get notifications of blog posts, comments / discussions on social platforms (blogs, linkedin, meetup, even twitter sometimes) I’m involved in, register for events/webinars, and to discuss strategies, ideas etc with other facilitators in the learning communities that I help lead (edcontexts, Ozlearn, third place meetups)” Tanya Lau, 2014


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