Top 10 Learning Tools 2012

Jane Hart heeft weer haar jaarlijkse Top 100 Tools for Learning survey gelanceerd. Ik heb elk jaar meegedaan aan deze enquête. Dit jaar wil ik dan ook niet achterblijven.

For Jane’s sake I will write in English.

I use the tools described below especially for my own professional  learning. When I provide workshops or classes I use different tools (like Moodle, Wallwisher, Poll Everywhere, PBWiki or Slideshare).

More or less I use the most important tools for several years. Okay: WordPress took the place of Typepad. But ofcourse it is all about blogging. Pocket is the new name of Read It Later. It seems to be very hard for newcomers to get in between. Probably I reached my maximum social media bandwith.

As said last year: the most important tools are tools that are are able to synchronise between my Macbook, work laptop, iPad and iPhone.

  1. iPad – Since a few month I use the third generation. An excellent for flexible and just in time learning, I use it to communicate with others, to read e-books and documents, to blog, to check my RSS-feeds, to make notes, to read websites and blog posts offline, for watching TED-videos, to mindmap, and so on.
  2. Newsrack – This is an app that is connected with Google Reader. I use this app on my Macbook, iPhone and iPad to read more than 500 RSS feeds. Synchronisation is important to check information. Newsrack has different sharing options. An important one is the option to send it to Pocket, formerly knows as Read it Later.
  3. Twitter – Twitter alerts to new resources used by other experts. I use it to share thoughts and information with other learning professionals. Great for asking questions (and giving answers). Personally, I hardly visit Twitter’s website. I use Tweetdeck on my Macbook, Twittelator on my iPad and Tweetbot on my iPhone.
  4. Google Drive – This tool enables me to collaborate with others on document. Moreover, I can access important resources on every device I use.
  5. iPhone – I use it to search for information on wikipedia (even geo-based), to search with Google, for e-mail, for twitter, to check RSS-feeds, to phone, for sms and Whatsapp, to check Facebook, and to listen to podcasts (sometimes).
  6. WordPress – I use this blog tool for some months now, istead of Typepad. Userfriendly and reliable. Helps me reflecting on developments.
  7. Blogsy – an iPad app that I can use for blogging on different weblogs.
  8. OpenU – open learning platform of the Open University in the Netherlands. I particular I learn a lot of the online masterclasses of learning sciences and technologies .
  9. Pocket (formerly known as Read it later) – great tool. I use it to save blogposts and online articles offline. I read them on my iPad. I also have the opportunity to tweet, mail or save them to Diigo or Evernote.
  10. Diigo – Since Yahoo’s announcement about the end of Delicious, I use Diigo to save and share interesting websites and blogposts. I use it to collect sources for presentations, papers, articles and -of course- blogposts.

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