Top Ten Tools for Learning 2011October 23, 2011
This is the fifth year that Jane Hart has been collecting lists of top tools for learning. The list will be finalized on November 13, but you can see the ongoing results in this list. I have contributed my lists in 2007, 2008, and 2009. You can contribute your top tools too.
As in 2009, I’m going to divide my list into personal learning and course development.
Google Reader is still my main tool for personal learning. I just checked my stats, and I currently have 320 subscriptions and have read over 8000 items in the last 30 days, and over 300,000 items since February 2009.
WordPress.com is my blogging platform of choice and a great tool for personal reflection.
Diigo is my social bookmarking option. I also back up bookmarks to Delicious, but especially after the disastrous transition to AVOS (a third of my bookmarks didn’t survive the migration), I’m so glad I don’t rely on Delicious as a primary tool. Diigo’s highlighting option has always differentiated it from Delicious for me, and my weekly bookmarks posts are automatically generated by Diigo.
Google Search has never been on my list before, but it really should have been. Google is one of the first places I go when I need to learn something specific. I use Google Scholar search, blog search, or other advanced options as needed.
LinkedIn is increasingly a place I find useful conversations and resources, especially in the groups.
Microsoft Word isn’t exactly the most glamorous tool here, but it is a tool I use regularly for design documents, storyboards, and other projects for clients.
Google Docs is where I keep track of my time spent on projects, create quick drafts, and other tasks.
Captivate is my tool of choice for simulations and interactive learning.
Moodle is the LMS I use most currently. I’m so thankful for the active Moodle community and the wealth of knowledge available in the forums, community documentation, and other sources.
Jing is the best free tool for screenshots I’ve ever used. It’s immensely helpful for creating technical documentation, job aids, and the like, as well as for documenting issues when reviewing courses.