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Top 100 Tools for Learning from C4LPT (2012)


The Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT), hosted by Jane Hart, is a free resource site on the use of new technologies for learning and performance. Since 2007, she has been summarizing on the best 100 learning tools by collecting opinions from professional experts each year. The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 were voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide. This is the 6th annual survey.

Her short analysis highlights:

The top tool for the 4th year running is Twitter, with both YouTube (2nd) and Google Docs (aka Google Drive)  (3rd) retaining their places for the 3rd year in succession.

Once again the list is dominated by free online social tools. However, what struck me when compiling the list this year (and reading many of the notes added to the individual contributors’ lists) was the huge difference between the tools that are now being used in education compared with those in workplace learning….

In terms of tool trends, this year’s list has seen an increase in the popularity of curation tools and social magazines for the iPad (like ScoopitFlipboard and Zite).  We also see the appearance of  visual, virtual pinboards on the list – and Pinterest is in fact the highest new entrant (in at #36) – with Learnist also making a late appearance. There is therefore a clear trend this year in using tools to “organize” digital resources, as well as a continued interest in notetaking tools; Evernote continues its rise up the list, and MS OneNote makes its way back up the list again too (probably due to its new mobile apps).

Below is the slideset available via Slideshare and beneath it the textual list.  Other pages are available as follows:

Short analysis of the list | Best of Breed (categorised list) | Winners & Losers 2012

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