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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • May 22, 2017

What Slack Can Teach Us About Class Collaboration

Slack.jpgHas your workplace transitioned to Slack yet?

The team communication tool is white-hot in the work world. It’s a little like e-mail. It’s a little like a chat tool. It’s getting a lot of love from workplaces and tech nerds everywhere.

We bring this up for several reasons.

Slack is the type of tool real-world workplaces are turning to in masses. One of its biggest accomplishments is the way in which Slack connects teams and makes idea-sharing easy and impactful.

How is education responding and when will more schools prioritize the procurement of tech that looks and feels like this? Slack has proven effective and seems more likely to prep a student for real-world communication demands than traditional edtech tools.

Perhaps it’s worth thinking about what Slack gets right and adding those features to your procurement checklist.

Communication in All Forms

The Slack platform is communication, communication, communication.

The product’s heart and soul is about connecting teams and providing multiple intuitive ways to get in touch. The cherry on top is that a user’s custom notification preferences will ensure they’re reached in the way they prefer. It might be a text or an email - or they might be online in the live chat window.

Regardless, you’re going to meet people on their terms in ways that are most effective.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Slack focuses on groups and shuns isolation.

Its design screams collaboration, making it easy to loop team members into conversations or dedicated spaces for specific types of discussion. There are also clear paths for sharing links and materials - meaning it’s potentially more likely that your teammates are going to share the wonderful links and materials they’re using to get work done.

Every bone in Slack’s cloud-based body is collaborative. Even more reason to select edtech tools that function in the same way.

Look at That: Something Beautiful and Easy to Use

It’s time to get on our personal little soapbox here. Let’s say it again: easy-to-use tools are where it’s at. Being easy to use doesn’t mean they’re not powerful. It means it will be easy to get any new user up to speed and more people are likely to use it.

Slack is no exception. It does this! Brilliantly! It’s a very pretty platform that gets more powerful the more you use it.

When we take a good look at the tools traditionally made for education, can we say the same for them?

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