Every year, Jane Hart asks, “What are the most popular digital tools for learning and why?”. This is the sixteenth year Jane asked this question — and compiled the results into a valuable resource — and this is my eleventh year responding.
My responses have not changed too much from the past few years.
Zoom remains important because I have not travelled for business for the past three years and doubt I will again soon, so video conferencing is critical for my learning and work. Zoom still beats the competition in terms of usability.
Finally I have added two new learning platforms because I am starting to actively observe nature in our area. We have attracted several types of birds — catbirds, purple finches, goldfinches, cardinals, American redstarts, chickadees, etc. — and I use Merlin to identify them and learn more. I also use Seek by iNaturalist to identify plants and other animals. I became interested in identifying milkweed in our area as that is the only source of food for the monarch butterfly, which is now endangered.
So these are my top 10 tools for 2022.