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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015

Each year Jane Hart does some serious crowd-sourcing.  Earlier this week, she released her 9th annual Top 100 Tools for Learning. 

Each year Jane’s list becomes a little checklist for me, actually a kind of shopping list.  I enjoy watching the trends and seeing what’s hot.

To create the list, Jane surveyed more than 2,000 learning professionals from around the world.  Some tools have simply become classics or staples.

As Jane notes: For the 7th year running Twitter is the No 1 tool on the list, although this year it is very closely followed by YouTube. Twitter is seen as a prime place for professional networking, news and updates. YouTube is described as a place to learn anything or to get just-in-time performance support.  So, if you need to make a case for the prevalence of these or other platforms that may be blocked in your school, this list may help you make the case. 

The lists of new/returning tools and movers include so many of the platforms I now see as essentials in my personal app-smashing toolkit. Among them: CanvaPiktochart, Videoscribe, ThingLink, iMovie, Kahoot, Padlet and Skype.

Examining the list reaffirms my introduction of several tools to my pre-service librarian classes and encourages me to explore so many options I’ve missed.

New (and returning) tools

Big movers UP the list

Jane Hart is a writer, speaker and independent workplace learning adviser, and founder of C4LPT.  Her blog was rated top of the 50 most socially shared Learning & Development blogs.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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