This is the 5th year I have been building a Top 100 Tools for Learning list (based on the Top 10 Tools contributions of learning professionals worldwide), so I thought it would be interesting to compare my choices in the first year I ran the activity in 2007, with my choices today.
1 – In 2007 I selected Bloglines, as my RSS reader – and said it was “probably the most indispensable tool for my work”. In 2011 I now use Google Reader, and although it is no longer my most indispensable tool, it is still an important tool for me to keep up to date with what is happening in the “learning” world.
2 – In 2007 I chose Microsoft FrontPage as it was the web page tool I used to build the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies site. In 2011 I now use WordPress to power my website. It is such a sophisticated tool, and it also now powers my Learning in the Social Workplace blog.
3 – I still use TypePad, which was my blogging tool of choice in 2007 – which I used for Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day blog, but it’s not on my 2011 list.
4 – In 2007 Feedblitz was an important tool for me to create a daily email from the RSS feed, although I now use Google Feedburner to do this job, it’s not one of my Top 10 tools.
5 – In 2007 I chose Polldaddy, as I could use it to create short polls and surveys. Polldaddy is now owned by WordPress so I see it now as just another WordPress plugin.
6 – In 2007 Skype was a key tool to keep in touch with my colleagues and clients, and in 2011 it still is very important to me, so it is another of my Top 10 tools. Skype is always-on for me, which means I am only a mouse click away from texting or talking to my contacts.
7 – In 2007, I used PBWiki (now known as PBWorks) to build collaboration spaces with my colleagues, now 5 years on Google Docs is my collaboration tool of choice, and defintely on my Top 10 Tools list.
8 – In 2007, I used Powwownow ShowTime for web meetings. In 2011 I have to say I don’t use it all now – maybe I should try it out again.
9/10 - In 2007 I also listed two course creation tools on my list – PointeCast Publisher and CourseLab. I don’t create content in this format anymore, so they are not on my 2011 list.
So what does my Top 10 Tools for Learning 2011 look like? Well I’ve already mentioned four of them:
- Google Reader
- Google Docs
The other 6 are:
5 – Twitter - this is probably my most indispensable tool again this year
6 – Tweetdeck and Tweetchat are also key tools for me to make good use of Twitter. Tweetdeck to manage all my accounts, and schedule postings for the live Twitter chats I host, and Tweetchat to watch the chat taking place.
7 – Yammer - has become an important tool, as it powers the Social Learning Community, where members have focused discussions around social learning and the use of social media for learning.
8 – Buddypress - the WordPress plugin – is also on this year’s list as it such a powerful tool for creating a community, and powers my Share&Learn social learning platform. I’ve also been helping others build their own learning communities with it too.
9 – I have to admit I still like using PowerPoint to create presentations and Slideshare is definitely the place to host and share them
10 – Finally, Google Chrome has now become my browser of choice – together with many of its useful extensions.
So what are your Top 10 Tools for Learning? Please do share them here. You can just the list of tools if it’s easiest, or perhaps provide a link to your blog posting where you provide more detail. It would also be interesting to read any comparisons you can make over the 5 years too.
I’ll be closing the list in the middle of November, so there is still a bit of time. But meanwhile you can see the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 emerge here.