As you know, there are a ton of tools out there. So how do you know which ones are worth the time to look into and use? Most of us depend on the word of mouth from our peers. Back in 2007, Jane Hart started building an annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list based on the contributions of learning professionals worldwide. You can view the alphabetical list from 2007 to present at http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/top-100-tools-2007-2013/.
It is interesting to see how tools move up and down the list. Some tools are a flash in the pan but others hold steady as reliable tools. Twitter has been #1 for five years running. I agree. This is where I get so much information about what people are using, how they are using it, and the success or failure of it.
Some tools that used to be popular but have had significant drops recently are wikis (Wikispaces and PBWiki), Delicious, and Google Sites. I admit, I've dropped my Google Site and have not visited my Delicious site in some time.
Tools on the rise are Dropbox and Skydrive providing cloud file storage and collaboration. Emodo is an educational social networking site that has been rising and holding steady the past five years.
Tools that have held steady over the years include: Blogger, Camtasia, Diigo, Evernote, Facebook, iTunes/iTunesU, LinkedIn, Moodle, PowerPoint, Prezi, Screenr, SharePoint, Slideshare, Snagit, Survey Monkey, Udutu, Wikipedia, Word and Yammer. I hope most of these sound familiar to you. There may be some you don't know. If so, it's worth your time to look into them as they have been around for a while and have proven themselves to be worth the investment.
To view the 2013 Top 100 Tools for Learning, visit
Jane Hart is an independent adviser on Workplace Learning & Collaboration, and Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. Jane has been a speaker at conferences and training around the world. She is the 2013 recipient of the Colin Corder Award for Outstanding Contribution to Learning, presented at the Learning Awards 2013 by the Learning & Performance Institute.