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A Collection of Best-of-the-Year Lists (and a spotlight on one)

bestoftheyearWhile I suspect some of you are quite sick of them, for me a truly fun part of the new year is stopping to look back at the bounty of the past year’s discoveries in the form of best lists.

Many of our friends–reviewers, publishers, bloggers, etc.–have been hard at work collecting their picks for best-of-the-year across media formats.bestsqr

So, I thought it would be handy to gather them together in the form of a little curated list of best lists.

There’s so much goodness to browse that it’s hard to pick particular lists to amplify.  In my mind, one is a little different in terms of its longitudinal value for those of us leading educational technology efforts in our schools.

I want to point your attention to one of the lists that was actually compiled on the basis of surveys back in September by Jane Hart at the UK-based Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.  Now in its 12th year, the annual Top Tools for Learning List gathers from the results of an open survey among learning professionals who nominate their own Top 10 Digital Tools in the spring.  It is a treasure trove for discovery! And, the combined lists longitudinally demonstrate an evolution of the tools we use for learning in schools and as professionals and regularly present trends in the way we work and learn.  (See this A-Z list and Hart’s trend analysis.)

This year’s three sub-lists:

  • Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018
  • Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2018
  • Top 100 Tools for Education 2018

are visualized as an 2018 Top Tools for Learning as both an interactive table (divided into 30 categories of tools with their movement in popularity since 2017), as well as a downloadable interactive infographic.

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I am still working on my list of lists, so please let me know what I’ve missed!  (Sorry, I cannot figure out how to embed tools like Wakelet in WordPress.)

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


  1. Your wakelet collection is a treasure trove!!! I’m loving wakelet, looks like you are too! (There should be an embed option at the bottom of your wakelet window that will give you the code to add via the HTML view in wordpress.)

  2. ’m loving wakelet,


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