Reflecting on the Top Tools for Learning

This week, Jane Hart from the Center for Learning and Performance Technologies published a list of 100 top technologies for learning.  The list was compiled by surveying over 2000 learning professionals from a variety of different fields including education and industry.  The list is really comprehensive but reads a little like a motley Who’s Who? list of websites and tools.  Looking at the list, I thought it might be helpful to reorganize the list to connect the technologies to specific learning practices.  While I realize that some of the tools have multiple purposes, I’ve tried my best to include them in whichever grouping that it seemed most logical.  Some tools, however, have been included in more than one grouping due to the tool’s multiple purposes.  I’ve also added the overall ranking for each of the tools so it’s clear where the tool fell on the survey.  Lastly, I’ve organized the groupings by the number of tools that fell in each category.  For instance, the number of tools for creating audio and video content far surpassed the number of social bookmarking tools on the list.  I arranged the list below according to the number in each grouping.

Based on the list, it seems that a lot people are using tools to create audio and video learning objects for their students.  At first, this was exciting and a little concerning.  On the one hand, I was impressed that so many learning professional are getting into the content authoring business and creating learning objects tailored to their students.  On the other hand, however, I worried that the digital world could just be reflecting those didactic, lecture-based classrooms where information is simply presented to learners. Have we just made the digital world the 21st century lecture hall?

The rest of the list, however, assuages this concern.  Learning professionals are using a lot of tools to interact socially with their students.  They are also assessing their students in a variety of means.  I was honestly surprised by the number of tools for creating interactive eLearning objects on the list.  While I understand that I’m inferring a great deal into this list of the top learning technologies, I also realize that the list reflects the pedagogical motivations of the learning professionals who participated in the survey.  Based on the list, I think the educational technology terrain looks pretty promising.

Tools for Creating Audio & Video Content:

Youtube (2), Powtoon (19), Snagit (24), Audacity (25), Screencastomatic (27), Camtasia (31), Explain Everything (47), Videoscribe (48), Jing (57), GoAnimate (63), Sway (70), Vimeo (71), iMovie (76), MovieMaker (78), EDpuzzle (85)

Tools for Social Networking:

Twitter (1), Facebook (7), Pinterest (13), LinkedIn (14), Yammer (28), Feedly (36), Edmodo (39), Google+ (40), Instagram (73), Tweetdeck (80)

Tools for Assessment:

Kahoot (17), Socrative (32), Nearpod (50), Office Mix (51), SurveyMonkey (64), Quizlet (69), PollEverywhere (79), EDpuzzle (85), Mentimeter (97)

Tools for Written Online Communication:

Twitter (1), WhatsApp (21), Padlet (29), Feedly (36), Gmail (52), Google Translate (54), Outlook (62), Today’s Meet (88), Slack (83)

Tools for On-Demand Learning:

Youtube (2), Khan Academy (33), TED Talks/ED (35), Coursera (44), Pocket (49), Vimeo (71), Udemy (87), edX (99)

Tools for Creating Interactive eLearning Objects:

Articulate Storyline (26), Adobe Captivate (38), iSpring Suite (41), Udutu (53), EDpuzzle (85), Easygenerator (90), Lectora Inspire (91), SoftChalk (98)

Tools for Creating Written Content:

Google Drive (4), WordPress (8), Blogger (18), MS Word (30), Excel (56), Google Sites (68), Flipboard (86)

Tools for Creating Visuals:

Adobe Photoshop (58), Instagram (73), Canva (81), Thinglink (89), Piktochart (93), Wordle (96)

Tools for Creating Presentations:

PowerPoint (5), Prezi (11), Slideshare (20), Nearpod (50), Keynote (55), Haiku Deck (92)

Tools for Face-to-Face Online Communication:

Skype (9), Google Hangouts (23), Adobe Connect (34), WebEx (72), Blackboard Collaborate (77)

Tools for Course Management:

Moodle (15), Canvas (37), Schoology (61), Blackboard Learn (95)

Tools for Document Management:

Google Drive (4), Dropbox (6), SharePoint (45), Scoopit (60), Trello (82)

Tools for Doing Research:

Google Search (3), Wikipedia (9), Google Scholar (43)

Tools for Notetaking:

Evernote (10), OneNote (46), Notability (67)

Tools for Social Bookmarking:

Diigo (42), Delicious (100)


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