Thursday, October 21, 2010

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010

Jane's E-Learning Pick of the Day has announced her 2010 list of "The Top 100 Tools for Learning." The list was comprised from 545 people who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning during 2010.

The top 10 learning tools in Jane's list are:
  1. Twitter
  2. YouTube
  3. Google Docs
  4. Delicious
  5. Slideshare
  6. Skype
  7. Google Reader
  8. WordPress
  9. Facebook
  10. Moodle
Most of these are familiar to all of us, but you can always find interesting learning tools in the rest of the list (links are provided in the list to each learning tool).

Jane identified four key trends for the 2010 list:
  1. The increasing consumerization of IT
  2. Learning, working and personal tools are merging
  3. Social tools predominate
  4. Personal (informal) learning is under the control of the learner
As Jane states:
I think these trends are making a significant impact on the how we define learning, how learning is supported and "managed".

In a recent article Top Tools for Learning: Emerging Trends I looked at these four trends in more detail, and asked what this means for the future of workplace learning and also the Learning and Development profession, which I then address in a second article, The New Era of Workplace Learning,
The Winners & Losers 2010 page shows the tools that have gone up and down the list or fallen off it completely or are new entrants this year. So for instance here you can find out:

Which was the highest ranked new tool this year?
Which tool climbest the most places on the list this year?
Which tool descended the most on the list this year?
Which was the highest ranking tool on the 2009 list that lost its place this year?

The Best in Breed 2010 page displays the tools list in tools categories, so for instance you can find the top blogging tools or top wiki tools or top screencasting tools.

A further page provides a list of all the tools that have appeared in the Top 100 Tools list between 2007 and 2010, which makes for interesting reading and analysis of trends. For example, which of the 172 tools listed have consistently appeared on each of the 4 year's lists? You can find out HERE.
Which of these tools do you currently use? Which new tool (or tools) would you like to try?
I strongly recommend that you take a look at this list and at Jane's blog (Jane Hart is a Social Business Consultant and founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies)!

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