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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.

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Alison Lester : One Small Island

At a recent SLAV conference I was fortunate to hear Alison Lester speak about her latest book One Small Island (Penguin).

Alison engaged in a conversation with Laura Harris of Penguin Books to help us understand the inspiration behind her career as an illustrator and author.  It followed very neatly from a presentation by Sue McKerracher who spoke about the National Year of Reading (NYOR).  Alison is an ambassador for NYOR and her book Are we there yet? is the feature book for the 2012 National Year of Reading.  Her discussion with Laura focussed the book she wrote in collaboration with Coral Tulloch One small island  and a very special preview at her forthcoming title Sally Scott goes south.

The picture book One small island was written by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch. Together they bring the history of this amazing speck of land called Macquarie Island found in the vastness of Southern Ocean between Australia/New Zealand and Antarctica to life. It is the story of how this remote and precious World Heritage Site has been affected by human interference.  The island has a unique ecosystem and humans have caused a lot of damage since the island was first visited by humans. Today there is a battle being fought to restore it.  

The beautiful illustrations in the picture book were put up on a large screen in the auditorium for us to admire and they were very eloquent. We all left the session wanting to buy a copy of the book and all of us are very interested in what will become of Macquarie Island.

If you want to hear Alison talking about the book herself you can go to ABC Radio National’s Life Matters site where, on the 1st of August, they aired a great interview with her about Macquarie Island and her book.


2011 Edublog Awards

It is that time of the year again! The Edublogs Awards site is open to allow you to  nominate your 2011 favourites. Over the past few years I have had put in my nominations so that some of the great work that on-line colleagues are doing can be recognised. It is always a had job trying to pick out one from the many I subscribe to, read regularly or follow via twitter, etc. For every name I put down there are at least a dozen others who could also be worthy of nominations. I was informed about the nominations being open via a tweet from Judith Way about her post on The way forward  blog.

The directions for nominating your favorite blogs, tweeters, blog posts, podcasts, wikis, PD opportunities and a lifetime achievement award are available here.

Essentially however to nominate you need to write out your list of nominations  post it publicly using your  blog, Google+, etc and share the link to your nominations on the Edublogs Awards website. You don’t have to nominate someone for all the categories, if you prefer you can make nominations in just one or a few categories. I will be thinking about who I will nominate over the weekend and put them forward next week, as I said the hardest part is nominating just one person for each category.
The following are the 2011 award categories

  • Best individual blog
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best librarian / library blog
  • Best School Administrator blog
  • Best free web tool
  • Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
  • Best educational use of a social network
  • Lifetime achievement.

Nominations are open until December 2nd so you have enough time to do some thinking and nominate your favourite blogs.

Useful sites

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Useful sites

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