#17 Discovering New Tools for Learning

Throughout the course of this program we’ve only explored a very small sampling of all the different tools that exist out there.  If we had the time, there are sooo many more we could explore. (And if you’re this far into the program, I think you know what I mean.) Jane Hart’s annual survey of the Top 100 Tools  for Learning is compiled from the contributions of learning professionals worldwide.

Although only time will tell which of these new collaborative, social networking and information tools will remain on top, one thing is for sure, they’re not going to go away anytime soon.

Are you surprised by any of the tools on this list? Jane’s annual lists are an insightful look at how the way we learn is changing. Take a look at her article, The Web is 25 years old – so how has it changed the way we learn?

For this discovery exercise, select any site from the Top 100 Tools  for Learning  list and explore it. If you like, you can also browse Jane’s Directory of Learning & Performance tools that has over 2,000 tools. With so many to choose from, it might be handy to first select a category that interests you (like Presentation tools or Personal Organizers) and then simply select a tool/site to explore. The majority of these are free, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something that is new to you.

If you’d like a few suggestions. Here are a few tools that I’ve found very useful.

  • Canva – amazingly simple graphic design
  • Google Docs – The easiest way to collaborate on documents.
  • Trello – a great, easy to use tool for managing workflows. Shows at a glance who is doing what.
  • IFTTT (If This Then That) – is a service that lets you connect different web apps (like Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Dropbox, etc.) together through simple conditional statements known as “Recipes”. Check out “How to Be 100x More Productive: The 35 Best IFTTT Recipes
  • Join.me – dead simple online meetings and screen sharing. It’s so easy, even my dad can use it!

Discovery Exercise:

  1. Select any site/tool from the Top 100 Tools  for Learning or the Directory of Learning & Performance tools .
  2. Explore the site you selected.
  3. Leave a comment about your discovery. (Or better yet blog about it and link back to this page!)

What did you like or dislike about the tool?
What were the site’s useful features?
What applications can you see any for its use in your organization?



3 thoughts on “#17 Discovering New Tools for Learning

  1. I felt overwhelmed and unsure of where to even begin to identify a tool that I might want to explore. The list seemed endless. So then I narrowed my focus to one business problem / issue that I might like to explore to see what was out there. I settled on quizzes. Just typing in the word quiz led to quizznator an elearning tool for teachers, instructors, and homeschoolers. It seems geared to the secondary and postsecondary market but I still think I’ll look into it more and see whether there are features that would work well in other environments.


  2. Tried join.me, here are my notes:

    vo-ip and screen sharing service, an alternative to Skype.

    Could be used for 1on1 training or demos of my software.

    Free plan covers what I could use. Piece of software to install. Pro plan allows recording and single window sharing.


    Nice user experience, part of LogMeIn, supplier for tools to support end users. Make sense, adds credibility to the offer.

    Works inside a browser using Flash

    Didn’t try a meeting, that would require the participation of a tweep.
    The meeting id: https://join.me/649-419-817

    via #LearnCamp

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