Jane Hart is currently collating this year’s list of Top 100 tools for learning. As usual, most of the tools that hit the top 10 list are likely to be those that are best at supporting personal learning – ie. those that bring most benefit to the individual.
Certainly my own list, already submitted via Learning Conversations, is heavily geared towards that:
- Flipboard – one of the best mobile apps I’ve seen for consuming and filtering content.
- Jing – a free tool, from the makers of Camtasia, for creating quick annotated images or 5 minute screen capture movies
- Evernote – I’m starting to use this as my sole note-taking and thinking tool. The way it synchronizes across all my devices is almost magical!
- Google Chrome – I haven’t found a browser yet that matches it for simplicity and speed – essential for a knowledge worker
- b2evolution – one of the most powerful multi-user, multi-blog platforms out there. I don’t use even 50% of that power, but it’s been the basis of my blog for many years. Its spam control measures are great.
- WordPress – the website/blogging platform of choice for new projects. It’s just so simple to use and to tweak. Spam control is a bit rubbish though!
- Yammer – after considerable research, this is still the best corporate social platform available. Great multi-platform capabilities, and they really understand what drives conversation.
- Google Reader – even though the interface has now lost quite a bit of “social’ functionality, it’s still the place where I maintain the list of RSS feeds from people and organisations that keep me up-to-date. It’s where I go for deep-thinking. The link with Flipboard is excellent.
- Twitter – Perfect for quick breaks to have a conversation with people who are around at the same time. Anything more extended than a couple of lines doesn’t work on Twitter (IMO), but nice to feel you’re part of a wider community. The link with Flipboard brings Twitter posts to life.
- Yed Graph Editor – I’m still playing with this, but it’s becoming an extremely useful tool to me; for organising thoughts and ideas.
There’s not a trace of anything that a large organisation would consider a learning tool (apart from, perhaps, Yammer).
So, here’s a different list, with a more “corporate” perspective (Wyver Solutions currently has no commercial relationship with any of these products/organisations). The list really highlights those that are best of breed, and do not necessarily mean these are automatically recommended. Each organisation has different constraints and needs – which means a pragmatic and considered approach to tool selection is essential.
As I’ve said, if you come to me for help with finding suitable technologies, I won’t necessarily recommend any of these. Your needs and constraints (eg. cost, existing systems etc) may dictate a different solution. However, these do represent (in my opinion) the best of the current breed of tools that can help learning and development.
Posted: 20 September 2012