Slack – A Messaging App for Schools
I think we can all agree that communication is the key to success. Without it, we’d be lost. At Striv, we communicate through many different platforms, but our main source of communication is used through the desktop and mobile app, Slack.
If you’re familiar with Slack, you know the great things it has offers: Direct messaging, a variety of “Channels” (like a group message, minus text and email), and you can even share humorous GIFS. We are connecting our #strivschools teachers and students to Slack in order to effectively communicate and share new features Striv has to offer. In order for Striv to respond to you as quickly and efficiently as possible, it’s important that you are connected on Slack as well! Yes, it’s another app on your computer and phone, but it’s worth it, we promise!
How do you sign up for Slack?
If you want to be a part of Slack, download the app and contact us (email@example.com). We can easily send a direct email invitation to be a part of our StrivU group. From there, you will get an email notification that will direct you to the website and your next steps to becoming a part of our StrivU Slack group.
Once you’re a part of the StrivU Slack team, you can always stay connected to Striv, and other teachers and students who are also on Slack. It’s like a constant support group; the question you have about Wirecast may be the same question another teacher had too! Use Slack as a way to ask questions, answer questions and share ideas!
Want to know the best part about Slack? They have a mobile app! We highly encourage you to download the app (https://slack.com/downloads/osx) so you can answer students at any given moment; you can always choose to silence notifications from Slack.
“Slack allows us to communicate quickly, share attachments efficiently, and provides a real time record of our team’s communications.” – Garrett Hall, Elmwood Murdock
Once you are signed up for Slack, you can message people directly or be invited to join a Channel. A Channel is like a group chat, minus the group text and email.
For example, StrivU created the channel Equipment where conversation and helpful tips are shared regarding different equipment tools.
The default Channel on Slack is titled General. This channel is hoppin’ with new StrivU blog posts, (where you will find a notification and link to the article you are reading) and other important information we share directly.
Marcus Scheer of Johnson County Central is an avid slack user. Here’s what he had to say:
“Slack might be my favorite tool I’ve added since our school joined Striv. I grew up with things like MSN Messenger and message boards. So maybe it was a little nostaglia, but I loved Slack from the beginning!
I send & receive thousands of emails daily, so finding a tool that could make communication more efficient and bring some of the threads & organization found in things like Twitter was fanstastic.
Slack is like the best of both worlds. It’s quick. It can be as simple or complex as you’d like. It can handle both informal fast feedback and chatter as well as deep conversations & analytical discussions. It is the tuxedo T-shirt of communication!”
Slack is a great resource for Striv and the #strivschools who are already signed up! If you want to be connected right now, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org now to get an invitation email.