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Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 –  the results of the 6th Annual Learning Tools Survey – as voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide, and compiled by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. (Released 1 October 2012)

“A learning tool is a tool to create or deliver learning content/solutions for others, or a tool for your own personal or professional learning.”


Below is a summary of the Top 100 Tools 2012 and where the Top 100 Tools are mainly being used – ie for Personal/Professional learning/productivity, in Education and/or in the Enterprise (for training, performance support and/or team collaboration). (Please note that the absence of a checkmark in a column does not mean that the tool is not, cannot or should not be used for that purpose!)

since 2011 





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 =  1 Twitter Social network & micro-blogging service x  x
 =  2 YouTube Video-sharing site x  x
 = 3 Google Docs/Drive Office suite and data storage service  x  x  (x)
UP 11 4 Google Search Web search engine x
= 5 WordPress Blogging/website tool x  x x
 = 6 Dropbox File synchronization  x x  (x)
 DOWN 3 7 Skype Text and voice chat tool x x (x)
UP 11 8 PowerPoint Presentation software x  x  x
 UP 5 9 Facebook Social network x  x
 UP 1 10 Wikipedia Collaborative encyclopaedia x (x)
 DOWN 1 11 Moodle Course management system x  (x)
UP 5 12 Evernote Note-taking tool x
 DOWN 4 13 Slideshare Presentation hosting site x  x
DOWN 7 14 Prezi Presentation software  x x
DOWN 3 15 Blogger/Blogspot Blogging tool  x  x
= 16 Google Reader RSS Reader  x
UP 9 17 Google+ / Hangouts Social network/video meetings  x x
 DOWN 5 18 Diigo Social bookmarking/ annotation tool x x
 UP 23 19 Word Word processing software x x x
 UP 11 20 Yammer Private social networking engine (x) x x
 DOWN 11 21 Glogster EDU Interactive poster tool x
 = 22 Edmodo Educational social learning network platform x
DOWN 2 23 LinkedIn Professional social network  x  x
 UP 9 24 Scoopit Curation software  x  x
 UP 5 25 TED Talks/Ed Inspirational tools/lessons  x  x
DOWN 8 26 Jing Screencasting tool x x  x
 DOWN 7 27 Gmail Web mail  x (x)  (x)
 = 28 Camtasia Screencasting tool x  x
 = 29 Audacity Audio recorder/editing tool  x  x  x
 DOWN 7 30 Wikispaces Wiki hosting platform  x x
 DOWN 6 31 Voicethread Digital storytelling platform x
 UP 27 32 Adobe Connect Web conferencing software  x
UP 10 33 Google Sites Web/wiki hosting platform  x  x  (x)
 UP 10 34 iPad and apps Apple tablet and apps x x  x
UP 10 35 Google Chrome Web browser x
 NEW 36 Pinterest Virtual pinboard x  x
 UP 9 37 Articulate E-learning authoring software  x  x
 = 38 Google Maps Interactive maps x x  x
DOWN 12 39 Animoto Video creation software x x
DOWN 3 40 Tweetdeck Social media dashboard x
UP 32 41 Hootsuite Social media dashboard x
 UP 5 42 Snagit Screen capture software x x x
 UP 5 43 Adobe Captivate E-Learning authoring software x x
 UP 20 44 Livebinders Digital organizer x x
UP 20 45 SharePoint Collaboration platform (x)  x
UP 6 46 Mindmeister Mindmapping software x x
 UP 19 47 iTunes and iTunesU Audio/video player / course distribution platform x  x
DOWN 24 48 Delicious Social bookmarking tool  x x
UP 20  49 Outlook Email client  x x x
 UP 10 50 Blackboard Collaborate
(previously Elluminate)
Web conferencing software x
 UP 23 51 SurveyMonkey Survey software  x  x  x
 BACK 52 Google Scholar Search engine for scholarly works x (x)
BACK 53 Adobe Photoshop Photo editing software  x x
BACK 54 WebEx Web conferencing software  x
DOWN 20 55 Google Apps Branded Google apps x x x
UP 18 56 Khan Academy Video learning platform x  x
NEW 57 Google Translate Online language translator x
UP 24 58 Quizlet Flashcards & study games x
 DOWN 3 59 Scribd Document sharing site x  x
DOWN 24 60 Flickr Photo sharing site  x x
NEW 61 Flipboard Social magazine for iPad etc  x
 NEW 62 Bing Web search engine x
 DOWN 6 63 Ning Community platform x x x
DOWN 13 64 Screenr Screencasting tool x x x
BACK 65 Firefox and addons  Web browser x
 NEW 66 Instapaper Read it later tool x
 UP 2 67 Udutu Collaborative course authoring x x
 BACK 68 MovieMaker Movie authoring tool x  x
 BACK 69 Mindjet (prev Mindmanager) Mindmapping tool x
 UP 12 70 Kindle E-book reader x
UP 29 71 OneNote Note-taking software  x
DOWN 18 72 Wallwisher (now Padlet) Online noticeboard  x
NEW 73 Zite Social magazine for iPad x
 DOWN 19 74 iPhone and apps Apple smartphone and apps  x x x
 UP 7 75 Poll Everywhere Live audience polling  x  x x
 UP 14 76 Pocket (prev Read it Later) Read it later software x
DOWN 3 77 Edublogs Educational blogging platform  x  x
 DOWN 29 78 Vimeo Video sharing site x x
DOWN 40 79 Wordle Word cloud generator x  x
DOWN 39 80 Symbaloo (and Edu) Visual bookmarking dashboard x x
= 81 Excel Spreadsheet software x  x
 UP 8 82 Curation tool x
 DOWN 15 83 Lino Sticky note service x x
 DOWN 44 84 Voki Speaking avatars  x
UP 5 85 Buddypress Social engine (WordPress plugin) x x
 DOWN 28 86 eFront Course/Learning Management System  x x
DOWN 26  87 OpenOffice Office software x  x
 DOWN 54 88 PB Works Wiki software x
NEW 89 Learnist Pinning learning sites x x
NEW 90 MentorMob Create Learning Playlists  x  x
DOWN 24 91 Mahara ePortfolio/social networking platform  x
 NEW 92 Doodle Event scheduling  x  x
 BACK 93 Keynote Presentation software x  (x)
DOWN 6 94 Android phones and tablets Devices using Google mobile operating system  x  x
 DOWN 6 95 Blackboard Course management system  x
 BACK 96 Tumblr Micro-blogging platform x
NEW 97 Quora Q&A platform  x
NEW 98 Windows Skydrive File synchronization  x
 NEW 99 Popplet Online noticeboard x x
 DOWN 6 100 iMovie Video creation software  x x

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Google Think Quarterly is a Good Read

Google released their  Q3 Think Quarterly paper and it is a solid short read to inspire thought as well as generate topics to talk about.


In 2003, a total of five exabytes of data existed. Now we generate that every two days. We are, literally, more creative than ever.

Where to begin? Right here. We’ve curated big ideas from heads of industry, leading experts and our homegrown visionaries — all to help guide your own thinking. In this issue, we focus on Innovation. Where can you break molds and shape the future? We hope this gives you inspiration, insight, and some new ideas of your own.


What Do You Love? Look at Google Differently

What Do You Love?

7/12/2011 10:09:00 AM

A while back, a few of us wanted to make a little tool that we could use to show just about anybody more of what Google makes. That led to some simple ideas, and then a few more ideas and ultimately, to a challenge: how we could connect people to products they might not know about and may find useful, but make the discovery relevant to them and keep it fun.

Playing about with that challenge produced a website—What Do You Love?—that we hope meets at least some of the challenge by demonstrating how different Google products can show you different things about any particular search query. Like always, you’re the judge, sogive it a go. Type in something that you love—polar bears, space travel, pickup trucks, Lady Gaga, early Foghat—whatever strikes your fancy (for some reason, the results for cheesealways crack us up, so try that if you’re momentarily stumped). No matter what it is, we’ll give you back something that will let you get even more into what you love.


Chrome Extension of the Day: Google Font Previewer

Google Font Previewer – Lets you choose a font from the Google Font directory with a few text styling options, and preview them on the current tab.

Simple sentence, simple tool, powerful results.  Install it, click on it, change the font on all of my blog, or just one style.  Copy the code.

This is a tool that students will create amazing web sites with.  This is the tool I am going to use to finally get them into Web Fonts.

To celebrate I installed the tool and in under a improved my display and utilized web fonts.  This is going to get crazy!



Google Bookmarks and Lists: Not The Same Old Thing

A number of posts crossed my desk over the last few days as Google released updates to its Google Bookmark service.  What I found surprised me and I think this tool is going to be amazingly useful in a classroom to make it easy to create lists around specific topics.

Recently I do keep a few Bookmarks in Firefox and use Xmarks to synchronize them.  I love this service and have used it since it was Foxmarks quite some time ago.  In addition to syncing my bookmarks, it keeps my QuickFox text files and my UpdateScanner setup synchronized across machines.  Xmarks is not foolproof though and I have frequently ended up with multiple copies of my bookmarks despite my best intentions.  I now keep Xmarks in check by only automatically updating on one machine and manually on the others.

I also store bookmarks in Delicious for reference and enjoy easily publishing them automatically on my WordPress sites using for WordPress.

I last tried Google Bookmarks a few months ago and found the disconnect between my GMail page, where I live, and the Google Toolbar, where I could find bookmarks easily, a bit hard to navigate. The first thing I noticed was how easily it imported my Firefox bookmarks and that sharing a List was easy.

That seems to be the least of what Bookmarks are useful for.  I was impressed with what a list actually is and what they are useful for.  Check out my Google Bookmarks public list and you will see this video (below) or this presentation.