The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 List is Revealed
By Jane Hart
This year’s Top 100 Tools for Learning list (the 6th Annual Survey) has been compiled from the votes of 582 professionals worldwide – 55% working in education, 45% working in non-educational organizations. The top tool for the 4th year running is Twitter, with both YouTube (2nd) and Google Docs (aka Google Drive) (3rd) retaining their places for the 3rd year in succession. Once again the list is dominated by free online social tools. However, what struck me when compiling the list this year (and reading many of the notes added to the individual contributors’ lists) was the huge difference between the tools that are now being used in education compared to those in workplace training. Whilst there is a clear differentiation between the personal/professional tools and the enterprise tools being used by workplace learning professions, in education teachers are frequently making use of the same toolset for both their teaching and their own personal learning.
In their jobs, workplace learning professionals continue to make heavy use of e-learning authoring tools as well as web conferencing tools (which are on the rise this year by the way), whereas their own personal/professional toolsets include a wider range of social and other tools.
Top 10: Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs/Drive, Google Search, WordPress, Dropbox, Skype, PowerPoint, Facebook, Wikipedia