17 – Slack

DOWN 5 places in 2020

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

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

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 32
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 12
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 61

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 17 2019: 12 2018: 9 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 tools

“Easy to keep in touch with my colleagues, helps organize conversations as well.” Anon, 2020

“I’ve joined a number of public channels and found that scanning the posts in a few channels weekly provides valuable insights I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Two useful committees right now include Silicon Slopes and This Week in Startups (favorite channel #smallwins).” David Verhaag, Company founder, USA, 2020

“This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups. It’s a good platform for small communities of practice as well.” Harold Jarche, Canada, 2020

“Using for my personal knowledge mastery. Easy to search and retrieve anything. Ability to export the content curated and created.” Rotana Ty, Learning Catalyst. Internal Community Manager, France, 2020

“I use this tool with multiple collaboration and learning networks. – it is well suited for small learning networks or for civic collaboration. Easy to use, easy to set up. Well integrated with other common apps.” Catherine Shinners, Advisor, Consultant, USA, 2020

“I always relied on it as a remote worker. Now, I live in it during my work day.” JD, LearnGeek, Canada, 2020

“Slack has also been a major component of getting things done, mostly with IBSTPI. It’s a handy way to get things done with others.” Clark Quinn, USA, 2020

“Collaborate with others beyond work” Researcher and trainer, South Africa, 2020

“Learning in everyday life” CEO, Sweden, 2019

Quick Guide to Slack 

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