If you have not heard of Slack, it is a team collaboration tool, and it can also be used as a replacement for IRC. Slack is used mostly by businesses for better communication, organization, and file sharing instead of trying to use email to accomplish the same.
Slack is becoming more and more popular and is being used not only by businesses, but by educators as well. There is even an article out there entitled, “Is Slack the new LMS?“. If you are dividing your class into groups and need an alternative way for groups to communicate, then Slack is the tool to use. It allows you to create groups / teams as well as create discussion or topic based channels within that group which will allow for group communication, direct messages, and file sharing. Furthermore, Slack will make group projects feel a little less daunting.
With regards to file sharing, Slack also allows integration with other applications such as Dropbox and Google Drive. Don’t hesitate to try it out. It’s free to use, so go check it out today.