Top 100 tools for learning

Jane Hart has just published the final list of the top 100 tools for learning that she has compiled from the Top 10 Tool Contributions of 278 Learning Professionals worldwide. Jane’s list is always worth a read.

No real surprises in this year’s list in terms of the applications listed in the top 100 – however, of real interest is the fact that, for a list of the top 100 tools for learning, there’s only one LMS that has made it into the top 20.

Perhaps the dominance of other tools such as blogs, wikis, Twitter, Ning, Skype and iGoogle appearing to be used as tools to enable collaboration, sharing and interaction signals the direction things appear to be moving, and what the alternatives to the traditional LMS are emerging as.

Thanks again this year Jane – keep up the good work!

7 thoughts on “Top 100 tools for learning

  1. Thank you for posting this slide share. As a new educator, I am finding great tools to be incorporate into the classroom through technology and I found some great new ones that I did now know about through the top 100 lists. Sites and programs like Delicious, DimDim, twitter, Adobe, and Google Maps, are a few that have changed my life in the world of education and look forward to developing myself further in these areas to benefit the students in education today through technology.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing Jane Hart’s Top 100. Although I am familiar with a majority of them, there are still several new names and I am anxious to explore them further, especially tools such as Screentoaster which provide the opportunity for screen capture. I will also be investigating Posterous and DimDim. Teachers today have a wealth of tools at their disposal to enhance the curriculum. It just keeps getting better!

  3. This is a great list. I am also wondering about why there are not more LMS’s in the list. Whilst there are some other great resources here, I have often heard lots of teachers asking for the functionality that an LMS gives. Moodle does have potential, but often it is set up by a single member of staff and once a key member of staff leaves it can fall apart. What other LMS’s do schools use?

  4. How is this measured? 100 top, compared to…? Last year’s? Or impact in actual learning? Is this “education,” or “learning”? Big difference ($$, certification).
    Some are significant, definitely. 80% probably will have little impact on actual learning in education.

    But it’s a fascinating list and a fascinating time! Thanks!

    1. Hi Michael,
      From what I understand the list is compiled each year by Jane Hart – created on the basis of submissions and votes by a large group of educators from around the world. The top 100 is the result of this process, so is based on the opinion and preference of the educator group, rather than any specific measure of effect on learning etc.

  5. Thanks for not only providing a list of sites, but for also posting a brief description and link to each. I have used some of these sites, but many of them are new. I am just beginning a course in integrating technology in the classroom, so any help I can get in narrowing my search down to worthwhile sites is especially helpful.

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