Top Tools for 2019

A little over a month ago, I blogged about my current top tools for learning…though, in reality, they were a combination of tools for learning and for teaching.

Jane Hart is now out with the compiled list of top tools for learning for 2019 – the aggregate Top 200, the Top 100 for Personal and Professional Learning, the Top 100 for Workplace Learning, and the Top 100 for Higher Education.  These lists were compiled from 2,524 votes from 46 countries.

Looking back at my top 10 and where they fell in this year’s Top 200 and Top EDU 100:

One could say that four of my top 10 were in the global top 10 of the Top 200 tools – Twitter, Zoom, WordPress, and Youtube.  One could also note that all ten of mine were in the top 100 of the global Top 200 tools, but that three of mine – Tweetdeck, Feedly, and Inoreader did not show up in the Top 100 for Higher Education.

Perhaps that suggests that I need to explore some of the emerging tools highlighted by Jane.  Her breakdown of Higher Education tools around Didactics / Discourse / Discovery / Doing was informative:

For the Top 200, Jane noted that:

At first glance you might think there is very little difference in the list from previous years but whilst there is little movement at the top of the list, the bottom half is quite volatile with, once again, some significant movements in the tools as a number of popular tools have dropped back in the chart, probably as they become more commonplace. There are also 29 new entrants and 13 returning tools on this year’s list. One additional point about the list this year is that no devices have been included on it, e.g iPads, iPhones, etc.

That is interesting, as not too long ago, iPads and even Apple Watches made her list (and mine).

I also found Stephen Downes’ remark interesting:

It’s worth noting that there is no learning technology (properly So-Called) in the top 10. The top is LinkedIn Learning [Lynda], at position 13, and then Articulate at 20 and Kahoot at 21.

I might argue that Youtube does belong with learning technology as much as the three he noted…it just is a question of filters employed.  But his point is well taken.

Anyway, lots to digest here.  The Learning Community worldwide owes Jane Hart a big THANK YOU for continuing this annual tradition since 2007.

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