top tools for 2015

toolsJane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. Voting closes on 18 September.

Here are my top tools this year, with last year’s position shown in brackets.

Please add yours!

10 (new): Netflix: I find I am watching a lot of documentaries on this popular video streaming service and I am learning a lot. The latest was a series on the American civil war.

9 (new): Slack: this message application is a great way to stay connected and work in small groups and I am a member of two active Slack communities. More information on why Slack is more than chat.

8 (new): Skype: I find I am using Skype more to stay in touch with people through conversations and text messaging.

7 (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 have Adobe Acrobat to open PDF’s. It is a huge time-saver.

6 (new): Pixabay: is a great source for copyright free photos to use in presentations.

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

4 (4): Feedly: is my feed reader to keep track of blogs and news sites via RSS.

3 (3): Diigo: Social bookmarks are a quick way for me to save a web page and find it easily.

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

1 (1): WordPress: powers my blog, which is the core of my PKM. 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 workshops.

7 Responses to “top tools for 2015”

  1. Fleur

    Thanks for sharing Harold. There are a number you’ve mentioned that I haven’t heard of before and will check them out i.e. Pixabay and Slack

    This is my first year to vote – mine are:

    (1) Twitter – I’m promoting this as a learning tool to anyone who will listen!
    (2) Diigo – great for housing and sharing pre and post reading materials for learning programs as well as storing all the links I will one day go back to
    (3) Padlet – great tool to get people using their smart devices and interacting in formal training – if you use more than one Padlet board you can store the links in Diigo and just have people type in one URL on their device
    (4) Yammer – great tool for social learning and connecting with others – my organisation introduced it late last year
    (5) Powerpoint – to create learning and performance support tools, toolkits etc which I find lends itself to more creativity than Word plus easier to use and format.
    (6) Coursera – I have completed a number of really helpful programs on Coursera this year.
    (7) Evernote – Taking notes, photos, making checklists etc. I like that it synchronises with my other devices so I can refer to my notes anywhere, anytime.
    (8) YouTube – for lots of just in time technical learning for just about any application
    (9)Adobe Connect – I’ve just learnt how to use this to facilitate live online training – if you put in the effort it can be more engaging than some face-to-face training I’ve attended
    (10) Quora – I’ve just discovered this one – just testing this one out for now – jury is out on it’s level of learning effectiveness for the time being.

  2. tyelmene

    Yes, Thanks for starting this Harold!

    My Top 10 Learning Specific Tools/Resource (not knowledge work, just the learning functions):

    #1 – DevonThinkPro/DevonAgentPro + Bookends [integration – is my automated information acquisition/binning w/ metadata platform.

    #2 – Tinderbox – is a ‘conceptual’ and ‘compositional’ information processor that helps you visually and analytically develop your thinking with notes as design artifacts.

    #3 – Google – hey, it’s Google-my tricks are using Boolean and going 10 pages deep.

    #4 – Twitter/lists + Nuzzle – is my emergent information dialogue system.

    #5 – YouTube – I learn as much ‘how to’ stuff on YouTube as anywhere else.

    #6 – ScoopIt – is my core concentration information curation platform.

    #7 – Declara – is another of the 6-7 curation platforms I use, but because its based on shared learning and the dashboard acts like a shred PLE, I kinda like this one best

    #8 – Kumu – is an online dynamic relationship mapping/system’s analysis service (for learning systemic relational and cause/effect, etc.-just a thing I like to keep developing)

    #9 – MacJournal – is my personal reflective learning journalling system.

    #10 – LibraryThing – is the place I often learn about new books that are highly related to my current library and interests (though I love cheating with Blinkest now).

    #10 + (future) – Myelin – I’m guessing that the future will be bound up in self-directed and crowd-sourced cooperative-peer learning – that’s what Myelin promises to be!


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