At the Reynolds Center, we like to talk about tools that help us dig into data or to share our stories.
So my eye was caught this morning by a list of Top Tools for Learning 2012. That is a list of the best tools around today to help us learn. It’s a very cool list. These are tried and true Websites or apps that make it easy to gather or investigate content and share knowledge.
Jane Hart, founder of C4LPT.co.uk (Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies), says the list of Top 100 Tools for Learning is compiled from the votes of 582 professionals worldwide – 55% working in education, 45% working in non-educational organizations. This is the 6th year she’s done the survey.
New entrants on the list this year include Pinterest, Google Translate, Flipboard and Instapaper. And No. 1 for the past four years: Twitter.
In 2012, Hootsuite climbed up 32 places from the year before to land at No. 41. TweetDeck dropped by 3 spots to No. 40. A couple of other returning tools that are growing in popularity are OneNote, Adobe Connect, Khan Academy and SurveyMonkey.
PBWorks dropped 54 places to No. 88 on the list, while LinkedIn slipped just 2 places to No. 23 out of 100.
Full rankings are here at Winners and Losers 2012. And, if you really want to dig into what professionals have thought about learning tools over time, here is a database reflecting each year the survey has been carried out: Top 100 Tools 2007-2012.
Take a look at Hart’s slideshow for information about all 100 tools. (Thanks to eagle-eyed Jeremy Caplan, Education Director Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at CUNY, who saw this first.)