top tools 2017

Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. This is the 11th year!

Voting closes on 22 September 2017.

Here are my top tools this year, with the past five years shown below. It’s interesting to note that my preferred tools have not changed that much over the years.

Please add yours!

10. SocialCast: I have reconnected with the Change Agents Worldwide community of practice, and am spending more time sharing and learning on this platform.

9: Slack: This social sharing platform, with activity streams, is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack ‘communities of practice’: the essential space between work groups and social networks.

8. Zoom: I purchased a pro account this year and am using this very simple video conference platform to connect and learn, such as with my Beta Conversations.

7: Apple Preview: is the productivity tool I use the most, so I can focus on learning, not fighting with applications. It lets me annotate pictures, resize images, add signatures, and most importantly ensures I do not have to use Adobe Acrobat to open PDF’s. It is a huge time-saver.

6. 1Password: You could call this a tool for unlearning. This password manager reduces my cognitive load by not having to memorize any passwords as well as create passwords that are much stronger than I could do on my own. It synchronizes across all my devices and helps keep my online presence more secure.

5: Diigo: Social bookmarks are a quick way for me to save a web page and find it easily. I have thousands I regularly search.

4: Keynote: Apple’s presentation application has enabled me to improve my slide presentations, through its simplicity and lack of clip art.

3: Feedly: A feed reader, or aggregator, to keep track of blogs and news sites via RSS.

2: Twitter: Next to my blog, Twitter is my best learning tool and allows me to stay connected to a diverse network.

1: WordPress: Powers my blog (+2,900 posts), which is the core of my sense-making. It’s easy to use, has a huge community, and there are many plug-ins and additions available. I also use it to deliver my online PKM workshop.

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