What technology are we using now?

LOGO2.0 part I

LOGO2.0 part I,
originally uploaded by Stabilo Boss.

From the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies: Knowledge: Skills and Tools for the Learning 2.0 Age site came another list. The site aims to keep abreast of learning trends, technologies and tools in order to help educators understand them and successfully use them in learning situations. It was of The Top 100 tools for Learning 2008 and was an interesting compilation. “The list is compiled from the contributions of 194 learning professionals (from both education and workplace learning) who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning both for their own personal learning/ productivity and for creating learning solutions for others.”

This year Delicious was on top, replacing last years top-place getter, Firefox. Skype was 3rd and Google Reader, Google Search and WordPresswere next in that order. Although I encourage our students and teachers to use other tools now available, PowerPoint is still used quite a lot in our school and it was seventh on this list. It was also the first tool that has a cost attached to it. I found it interesting to see that we are using many of the tools that were mentioned in the top 25 and that we use at our school. Of the many of the other tools further down the list, about 1/3 to 1/2 were known to me and/or used in my school. Does it mean that we follow the crowd? I prefer to think that the popular tools are there because they are stable, reasonable easy to use and have valid use in educational settings. Google had 5 tools in the top 20 and many more in the next lot of tools. All the mentioned tools have a brief description and are linked to their homepages so that you can easily find them.

It was also interesting to see the changes to the ranking from 2007. Some dropped dramatically and others have shot up the list. Word was ranked 10 last year and is 22 this year. Twitter was ranked 43 last year and is 15 this year. The trend shown by the list seems to be that we are all using more of the social tools. Sharing ideas, expertise and experiences has become important to us. We are all learning from each other and adding to the sum of knowledge. 21st century learning, we’re getting there!

I found the analysis page that you can visit to find a break down of the results. There is a lot more offered there for further reflection. I found this after I had looked over the listing. It confirmed  my thoughts that educators, in schools, universities, etc, were using a wider range of Web2.0 technologies (and free). It also noted that workplace learning was still heavily in Web1.0 and using commercially based products. 

Speaking of Google, it didn’t take them long to fight back in the “search engine wars.” Cuil was launched 2 weeks ago with the stated aim of being bigger (and better?) than Google. I have talked about the visual search engines, SearchMe and Viewzi that have been well received by many of my students and the staff. Now Google has launched a beta version of Chrome. It is supposed to be exceedingly fast Web browser, but unfortunately I have not been able to have any first-hand knowledge, as I cannot download it at work.

There has been a lot of discussion about Chrome already and I look forward to trying it out soon. The user license agreement seemed to have caused some concern, with some suggestions of a conspiracy because of the wording. It seemed to indicate that Google could re-use anything put through their browser. This was quickly rectified and Google apologized for the misunderstanding.. There have been some very positive comments about it and as more people use it, any bugs will become evident as well as the good features.

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