Once again, Jane Hart is asking what are your top tools for learning? You can fill out the survey, write a blog post, or email Jane your list. Check out the link and submit your vote before 21 September.
All of my tools are used for personal/professional development as well as workplace learning. Some of these are not exactly what many people would consider ‘learning tools’ but any tool that gives me more time to learn, or enables learning with others, is in my opinion a learning tool. For me, work is learning, and learning is the work.
10. FramaDate: It’s an open source alternative to Doodle, to set up a meeting date/time or create a poll. They do not sell or share your data. Given that my work is global I can quickly get people together so we can focus on learning with each other.
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 three active Slack ‘communities of practice’: the essential space between work groups and social networks.
8. Diigo: Social bookmarks are a quick way for me to save a web page and find it easily. I have thousands I regularly search.
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, meaning one fewer vector of malware on my system. 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. It is the best value for my money ever.
4: Keynote: Apple’s presentation application has enabled me to improve my slide presentations, through its simplicity and lack of clip art.
3: InoReader: My latest feed reader, or aggregator, to keep track of blogs and news sites via RSS. I pay for this subscription service.
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 (+3,000 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.