Top 100 tools for learning 2011

 Another year has flown by and again  Jane Hart has published the top 100 list of tools for learning.

Jane Hart has, since 2007, been building an annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list based on the contributions of learning professionals worldwide.  She has asked learning professionals worldwide (e.g. teacher, academic, trainer, consultant, developer, practitioner, analyst, etc) and active in the field of e-learning, to put down their choices.

This the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools that are compiled from suggestions of 531 learning professionals. You have to nominate your top 10 tools and that is very difficult to do. The list was finalised on 13 November 2011. 

You can look at the Winner and Losers page showing the tools that have gone up and down the list or fallen off it completely or are new entrants this year.

I always find the results interesting, especially seeing the changes, what is up and what has gone down, what I use and what is new to me. Twitter, YouTube, GoogleDocs, Skype and WordPress are the top 5. I use 4 of these a lot with Skype being the one that I don’t use.  It is interesting the TedTalks is a first time entry and comes in at 30 with the only other new entrant coming in higher being Google+ and this almost doesn’t count with so many using Google before – yes I know it is different but I think taps into the whole Google suite and therefore has a head start. I find TedTalks a fantastic source of inspiration and a great way to add to my professional development way to

You can find out further information and the site address with links from her pages if you decide you want to investigate further.

Another list I like is the one called the “Best of breed” list that divides the tools into types.

Have a look and see what you like and if you agree. It is a very hard thing to limit your choices to a top 10 so you may find you don’t agree with all but it certainly creates some debate as well as a new awareness.

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010

Last week I put in my choices listing my 10 top technology tools to help build the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010.  

Jane Hart has, since 2007, been building an annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list based on the contributions of learning professionals worldwide.  She has asked learning professionals worldwide (e.g. teacher, academic, trainer, consultant, developer, practitioner, analyst, etc) and active in the field of e-learning, to put down their choices.

She has now compiled her annual list Top Tools for Learning and you can review it. I always find the results interesting, especially seeing the changes, what is up and what has gone down. She has again created a Winners & Losers 2010 page showing the tools that have gone up and down the list or fallen off it completely or are new entrants this year.

I put in my choices and it forced me to create a top 10. I found this very difficult to do. Although a few tools stood out and were constantly in use by me on a daily basis, the next level down is probably broader/more extensive. I also forgot to put in Corel photo-paint, probably because I use it so constantly to resize images for web use that I don’t even think about it. Also forgot YouTube and I probably should have put that one in too.

View more presentations from Jane Hart.

Top Tools for Learning

It is that time of the year again. There are lists popping up everywhere. I started reading this last week and it coincided with some discussions about digital tools in other forums at work.

The Jane Hart has compiled her annual list Top Tools for Learning. It is always interesting to note the changes, what is up and what has gone down The Top 100 Tools For Learning 2009  can be found on this page as a list and also as a slide show. This final list (Nov 15th) has been compiled from the Top 10 Tool Contributions of 278 learning professionals worldwide.

View more documents from Jane Hart.

There have been debates about what should be and what is allowed to be used in schools. Recently one principal was asking about what should teachers be allowed to access whilst they are at work. She was basing her question around reports that many workplaces were banning social networking tools. I am disappointed some of the comments made by some educators, teachers and admin people. Many of those who can’t/don’t see the point are those that are not using these tools. They often have not tried to see what others may be doing and also seem to simply think Facebook or Twitter are all there is. They base their ideas around some of the more sensational news media reports without any or very little actual experience of the tools. I cannot believe that any learning (curriculum) decisions based on such limited and weighted information are going to create 21st century learning experiences in schools.

I find that I use many social networking tools to help me with my everyday work. Many times I have been able to obtain answers to my questions, help with problems and notice about interesting articles, events, etc. via twitter or other online devices. My personal learning network has increased amazingly over the past 18 months and I rely on it as one of the key ways to  keep my professional learning/skills up-to-date. Continue reading

Useful Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Mr Winkle and the 21st century education debate

From the Bright Ideas Blog,a video of an old story retold. Rip Van Winkle wakes up and goes wandering around the world as it exists today. He finds many changes but some things not so diferrent.

Created as a conversation starter for professional development on the use of educational technology.

This is a great and short video that could make a good discussion starter. It could be used with staff at the start of a PD day to get them thinking about how technology works in their schools but I would love to have students watch it as well. They could then come up with ideas relating to how they think schools today should work and develop some ideas about how it might change. I imagine that they might come up with some very interesting and novel ideas that we teachers could learn from.

If you  are looking for videos, you could try the Alec Couros post:  80+ Videos for Tech and Media literacy. The list of great Youtube videos offer great instruction for teaching technology and media literacy.

21st century learning- the future is here

From a tweet by Tony Searl, this is a video worth watching. Classroom practitioners discuss their experiences and what they want for their students.

Educators internationally gathered together at Qatar Academy on February 20 to discuss 21st Century Learning. As a result they decided to take action and share their experiences in the hope that others will be inspired to embrace change in education using new tools, new skills and a new mindset. See this wikispace for more information.

Top 100 Learning Tools

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2008, compiled by Jane Hart, has been finalised for this year. Below are the The Top 100 Tools For Learning 2008 as a slide show. You might have seen this but I thought I would share it here. The list is based on the contributions of 223 learning professionals from around the world. Making it to number 1 is the very adaptable social bookmarking tool Delicious, that many of us use, although I do use Diigo as well. It replaced Firefox, which is at #2. Google Reader, Skype, WordPress, Google search, Google Docs, PowerPoint, Moodle and Blogger are next, in that order.

It is an interesting list. I regularly use about 25 of the tools mentioned in the first 50 of the slide show and have used 10 others on occasion.  Of the other sites I had not used, I was familiar with some, but there were some that were completely new to me. The rankings in the top 50 have changed but, in the second 50 sites, there enough new ones to prove how rapidly the digital world is changing and growing. I think I will look into them over the next few weeks and maybe post something about those that I think might be beneficial. 

How many of the tools have you used?  See any you would like to try out?

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