Category Archives: Email tools

Tools for organisational as well as personal email

52 – Gmail


Gmail is a free web-based email service from Google. Also part of the Google Apps suite. It is still the most popular email client on the list.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Categories:  email

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 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 Tools 

“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

62 – Outlook


Outlook is the email client within the Microsoft Office suite.

Cost: Commercial.  Free trial
Available: Download
Categories:  email

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 62  2014: 36  2013: 39  2012: 49  2011: 69=  2010: 95=  2009: 67=  2008: 38=  2007: 17=

Comments from some of those who selected Outlook as one of their Top Tools 

“helps me meet with my team” Beth McGoldrick, 2015

“Work email like it or loathe it, email is still the dominant communication tool for private communication in both personal and work contexts. It’s the one thing I consistently check multiple times a day.At work – well, it’s still far and away the leading communication tool (aside from going up to someone and talking to them…)” Tanya Lau, 2014

“Can you believe it? I have in the past referred to it as the worst software ever written. It is much improved. More significantly, Thunderbird has not kept pace. I use Outlook for email and calendaring. Both of these are critical for me today. The Thunderbird-Google Calendar alternative simply doesn’t work.” Stephen Downes, 2014


Eyejot is simply the easiest way to create and send video mail to friends, family members, business colleagues and customers

Cost: Free and premium plans
Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: –
Categories:  email