Here it is: The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list (released today, 30 September 2013) was compiled from the votes of over 500 learning professionals (from education and workplace learning) from 48 countries. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s list. For a fuller analyis, visit Analysis 2013

  • Twitter retains its no 1 position for the 5th year running
  • Google Drive/Docs moves up to #2.
  • PowerPoint moves up to #5.
  • Evernote moves into the top 10 at #6.
  • Google + and Hangouts moves into the top 10 at #10.
  • There are 10 new tools on the list topped by Feedly (an RSS reader/aggregator) at #19 and Coursera (a MOOC platform) at #38, and 3 returning tools to the list, including Storify at #58.
  • The highest movers within the list are Skydrive (Windows file storage area) at #43 up 55 places since last year, and Keynote and iMovie up 40 and 32 places respectively (showing the increase in popularity of Apple software).
  • A significant descent down the list for some tools including Google Sites (down 60 places) and Wikispaces (down 50 places).
  • Tools moving off the list include Google Reader (now retired by Google), Bing and Scribd.
  • Although the list is still dominated by free online social tools, a number of e-learning authoring tools have had a good showing this year.
  • As for trends over the last 5 years, it is interesting to note that Firefox (#1 in 2007) is now at #97 on the list, and Delicious (#1 in 2008) is now at #60.  What will topple Twitter from the top of the list?

Now for the tools, here is a summary presentation. As it’s not possible to squeeze all the information onto the slides, please click the name of the tool to find out more about it, its cost, availability, its past rankings, and to read some of the comments from those who voted for it.  (If you prefer, you can view a text list of the 100 Tools here.)

 

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  10. Kate Herzog

    This overview can inform your own concept of tools you can utilize as part of your own metaliteracy quest….Where do your current favorites show up on this list?…Is it time you investigate (and, more importantly, start using) other tools?

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  25. Ara ohanian (@aohanian)

    Jane, thanks again for compiling this list and making it freely available worldwide. It’s interesting how Twitter has retained its top position. Personally I’m a great user. My top tool for learning though remains technology free: conversation. It’s interaction with people that really helps me understand the world and teaches me new things and I guess that’s why Twitter remains firmly entrenched at the top of your list.

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  33. Jason Nugent

    I am very happy to see WordPress in the top 10, and expect it to break the top 5 next year. I work for a very large corporation as a L&D Web Developer, 3 years ago my boss fought within our establishment to provide web based performance support using WordPress. I have to admit at the time I thought that it was not a good move and that it would not work to solve our immediate needs. – I was wrong. Our results are astonishing. It’s my opinion that WordPress has changed content management technology and will be the preferred system of record for performance support in the next century for both large and small businesses.

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