I spent the weekend compiling this year’s Top 100 Tools List, updating the Top 100 Tools site and producing a slideset that I have uploaded to Slideshare and embedded below. I’ve also done a full analysis of this year’s list, and produced a Best of Breed categorised list, but here are some of the highlights from this year’s list.
The list was compiled from 1,038 votes from learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide. (There were a number of unverifiable and invalid votes.)
Twitter is the No 1 tool for the 6th year running. Google Docs/Drive and YouTube remain at No 2 and 3 on the list. PowerPoint moves up one place to 4 (for reasons that will become clear below). LinkedIn moves up into Top 10, and knocks Google+ out of the Top 10. There are 16 new tools on the list this year, with the highest new entry, at 46, being PowToon - a tool for creating animated video explainers, but the others are worth taking a good look at.
Once again, it is still free online social tools that dominate the list, and it is again clear they are being used significantly for both continuous and on demand independent personal learning. However, e-learning authoring tools have made a good showing this year – undoubtedly due to the fact that a number of vendors encouraged their users to vote for them! But interestingly, the majority of those who did vote for authoring tools, voted not just for one, but for a range of content development tools – which might suggest that there is no one authoring tool that fits all their course development needs.
But, this year it was very obvious that there were two kinds of voters:
- Those who voted for (primarily desktop) e-learning authoring and content development tools, and MS Office products (PowerPoint, Word, etc) – which implies that their view of a “learning tool” is focused on those for creating e-learning courses.
- Those who voted for a wide range of online tools and apps – which demonstrates a very diverse understanding of how tools can enable, support and enhance learning in many different ways. These voters were also the ones who are exploring new tools in order to improve their own professional practice and learning.
Consequently, this year’s list is very much a mix of the old and the new – traditional training tools and new learning tools, But if you are still surprised at the tools that appear on this list, then take a look at the post I wrote earlier this year. The Web is 25 years old today – so how has it changed the way we learn?
Here’s the slideset but the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 has a text list.