Jane’s Top 10 Tools for Learning 2013

As we move into the last few weeks of voting in the 7th Annual Survey of Learning Tools, which will result in the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013, I thought I’d follow in Harold Jarche’s footsteps and list my own top 10 tools.

Top of my list is Twitter – for me it is the place where I can quickly and easily keep up to date with what is happening with my colleagues and connections around the world. This is where I constantly learn about how the world of work and learning is changing. If I could only choose one tool, this would be the one.   However, I should add that Tweetdeck is the tool I use to manage my timeline and interactions, as well as the hashtag streams I follow. 

But here are the other 8 tools in my list – although not in any particular order:

I have Skype open constantly on my desktop and have ongoing as well as ad hoc conversations – both text and video – with my colleagues and clients, here too. Whilst Yammer is the place where I interact privately with many people in their organisational networks (as I help them build their Enterprise Learning Networks), and where Harold and I host our own online social workshops offered through the Connected Workplace service.

I keep up to date with hundreds of subscriptions to blog and website feeds using Feedly - and this has now replaced Google Reader as my feed aggregator of choice.

I use the self-hosted version of WordPress as the engine for all my (learning) websites and blogs. It is very easy for me to add new WordPress installations through cPanel at my hosting site, whenever I want to set up another website. The number of different customisable themes available means I can give each of them an individual look, and I use many of the plugins to provide them with extra functionality.

PowerPoint is my workhorse tool. I use it not only to create presentations but also to create charts and (info)graphics.  I also use Poll Everywhere so that I can ask questions of my audience – who can respond using Twitter or on their mobile phones. I then use Slideshare to host and share my presentations; and my most popular slidesets on Slideshare have undoubtedly been those listing the Top 100 Tools for Learning over the last few years.

Finally, I also make significant use of Google Docs (now known as Google Drive), where I can work with colleagues and others on collaborative documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

What are your top 10 tools for learning? Help me build the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 by sharing your own Top 10. There are a number of ways of doing so:

  • Write your own blog post and provide a link in the comments below
  • Add your top 10 list in a comment below.
  • Tweet the names of your top 10 tools to me me @C4LPT
  • Or if you want to keep your list private, use this online voting form.

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