Begin september 2021 publiceert Jane Hart voor de vijftiende keer de Top 200 Tools for Learning. Tot donderdag 26 augustus 2021 kun je jouw top 10 inzenden. Deze blogpost bevat mijn top 10. Ik wil graag benadrukken dat ik dit jaar een overzicht heb gemaakt van de meest gebruikte tools. Het zijn niet per definitie mijn favoriete tools. Daarom verschilt dit overzicht van eerdere edities.
Leertechnologieën zijn technologieën die speciaal voor leren, opleiden en onderwijs zijn ontwikkeld of om tools die voor een ander doel zijn ontwikkeld, maar wel voor leerdoeleinden worden gebruikt.
Jane hanteert drie categorieën:
- Categorie 1: Tools voor persoonlijk en professioneel leren
- Categorie 2: Tools voor werkplek leren
- Categorie 3: Tools voor onderwijs en opleiden.
Uiteraard moet je vooral goed nadenken over je ontwerp en je didactiek. Maar je zult volledig online leren en blended learning op een gegeven moment ook keuzes moeten maken wat betreft leertechnologieën. Het overzicht van Jane is dan informatief en bruikbaar. Daarom werk ik er graag aan mee.
On behalf of Jane, I will proceed in English.
- I don’t use every application for the purpose of learning. You can learn from your work, but working is not always learning. Learning is a cognitive and social process in which feedback and reflection are important. That is not always the case when you are using tools.
- Applications I use most intensively, are not always my favorite applications. You often have to accept tools that an organization offers to you. For virtual classroom sessions, I usually use applications available by the organisation that asks me to provide a virtual classroom session.
Here are the most frequently used tools of 2021:
- WordPress (Category 1)
Since several years on number 1. I use WordPress to blog. My weblog is my most important learning tool. I blog to process what I see and read, to reflect, to share knowledge and as an archive. My blogposts are thoughts under construction. I started to blog with Typepad. I use WordPress since December 2011. Most of the feedback I receive via LinkedIn, nowadays.
- Inoreader (Category 1)
When Google stopped the provision of Google Reader, I experimented with several alternative RSS readers. Soon, Inoreader became my new gateway to a large amount of weblogs. Six years ago I added some Twitter-lists to this feed reader. I use Inoreader of my iPhone, iPad and MacBook. It is easy to organise and share items or save items. Therefore Inoreader is crucial for curating information. However, curating is only a first step in learning. You need process the information, if you really want to learn (e.g. understand, apply and create).
- Pocket (Category 1)
I use Pocket to save blogposts and online articles. I read them on my iPhone, iPad an Macbook (often input for blog posts). I also have the opportunity to tweet, mail or save them to Diigo. In short, I use Inoreader for curating content, Pocket for storing it and -mostly- WordPress for processing the content.
- Keynote (Category 1, 2 and 3)
I use the Apple’s presentation for virtual classrooms, webinars, keynotes, presentations (e.g. in projects) and introductions in workshops (since March 2020 especially for webinars and virtual classrooms; I have to export the presentation to PDF if I want to share it with learners). In addition, producing presentations in Keynote fosters re-structuring my thoughts. Therefore, Keynote is also a tool for personal and professional learning.
- MS Teams (Category 2 and 3)
Most organizations I work, use MS teams for collaboration and to provide online workshops and online presentations. That is why I use this application very frequently. MS Teams is definitely not my favorite application. This application has several functional limitations. And switching between different accounts is anything but smooth. Unfortunately, we often use sub-optimal tools to facilitate important processes. My favorite tool for virtual classroom sessions is still Vitero Inspire.
- Mentimeter (Category 2 and 3)
I use Mentimeter (pro-version) during virtual classsroom sessions, webinars, workshops and presentations for activating previous knowledge, to identify beliefs or opinions, or to start discussions. Very easy to use. Mentimeter has different types of questions, and it enables you reuse events. It can be used with large groups as well. The free version has serious limitations.
- Deeplr (Category 1).
A really great translator. Not as many languages as Google Translator. But I am more satisfied about the translations. We must also become less dependent on technology giants such as Google.
- Moodle (Category 3).
As far as learning management systems/virtual (digital) learning environments are concerned, I am quite ‘agnostic’. Nevertheless, I use Moodle as a teacher for more than ten years now. Several organizations, I work for, are using Moodle. I do use other learning management systems as well, like yOUlearn at the Open University in the Netherlands (based on Liferay). The reason is that I mention Moodle as an example of an LMS/VLE is that a lot of people declared that the LMS/VLE is dead. This declaration is more than 10 years old. However, the LMS/VLE is like Mark Twain. The report of its death is an exaggeration. Moodle has been in existence for many years and is still the most widely used digital learning environment. It is a bit like a Swiss army knife with attractive functionalities and a lot of configuration possibilities. That is a strength and a pitfall as well.
- Franz (Category 1)
Franz is a free messaging app that combines chat & messaging services into one application. I have combined WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook Messenger in Franz. I use it on my MacBook and it helps me to review received messages and to send messages in different messaging services, in a very efficient way.
- SelfControl (Category 1,2,3)
You don’t use this tool for learning. You use this tool to avoid distriction while you are learning. You add websites to a blocklist or allowlist. Next, you specify a time period in which you do not want to be distracted. During this time you cannot visit the websites on the blocklist, or you can only visit the websites on the allowlist. You are in control about when you start the app, how long you want to use it and which websites you can visit during this time. Unfortunately it is not possible to add applications to the list. And you still need to avoid using the smartphone or tablet.
De eerste twee edities van de top 10 heb ik bij Jane Hart gepubliceerd, en zijn helaas niet meer online te vinden. Zie wel:
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