Sparrow has gotten a lot better since the last time I used it. Really solid app now and faster than when it initially launched.
You Can’t Replace Email if You Require Email. Interesting post from Ben Brooks about how Twitter and Facebook are attempting to replace email even as both services rely mightily upon email to work.
Moving to a Staff Blog. One school benefits by ditching mass emails and keeping all communication between staff on an internal blog. The information is archived, searchable, and comments beat the heck out of traditional email.