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  1. Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 Compiled by Jane Hart Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www.C4LPT.co.uk
  2. About the Top 100 Tools 2011 List This is the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools. In 2011, 531 learning professionals from around the world shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning. From their contributions the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 list was compiled You can view the list and analysis at www.c4lpt.co.uk. Jane Hart is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. www.C4LPT.co.uk Jane is an independent consultant, speaker and writer
  3. Twitter 1 Keep in touch with colleagues and friends no matter where you are or what you’re doing in less than 140 characters Cost: Free Available: Online www.twitter.com Previous rankings: 2010: 1 | 2009: 1 | 2008: 11 | 2007: 43
  4. YouTube 2 A place where you can host and share videos. Cost: Free Available: Online www.youtube.com Previous rankings: 2010: 2 | 2009: 3 | 2008: 18 | 2007: 22
  5. Google Docs 3 To create, store and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online, where you can work on your own or collaboratively. Includes Google Forms. Cost: Free Available: Online docs.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 3 | 2009: 5 | 2008: 7 | 2007: 14
  6. Skype 4 For text and voice message conversations with others. Cost: Free Available: Download www.skype.net Previous rankings: 2010: 6 | 2009: 11= | 2008: 4 | 2007: 3
  7. Wordpress 5 A blogging platform that is free and easy to use. Cost: Free, Open Source Available: Online/Download www.wordpress.com and www.wordpress.org Previous rankings: 2010: 8 | 2009: 6 | 2008: 5 | 2007: 6
  8. Dropbox 6 Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you've installed Dropbox on. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online/Download www.dropbox.com Previous rankings: 2010: 13 | 2009: 71= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  9. Prezi 7 Build amazing, non-linear presentations where you can zoom in and out of a visual map containing words, links, images, videos, etc. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.prezi.com Previous rankings: 2010: 12 | 2009: 28 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  10. Moodle 8 Course management system with social functionality. Cost: Free, Open source Available: Download www.moodle.org Previous rankings: 2010: 10 | 2009: 14= | 2008: 9 | 2007: 12=
  11. Slideshare 9 A place where you can store and share your presentations with others and create a slidecast (a narrated presentation). Cost: Free Available: Online www.slideshare.net Previous rankings: 2010: 5 | 2009: 7 | 2008: 20 | 2007: 31
  12. Glogster EDU 10 Make an interactive poster. Cost: Free Available: Online edu.glogster.com Previous rankings: 2010: 25 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  13. Wikipedia 11 This online encyclopaedia has been written collaboratively by thousands of people from around the world. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wikipedia.org Previous rankings: 2010: 16 | 2009: 17 | 2008: 13 | 2007: 26=
  14. Blogger/Blogspot 12 A simple and quick way to get a blog up and running. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wikipedia.org Previous rankings: 2010: 14 | 2009: 14= | 2008: 10 | 2007: 9
  15. Diigo 13 A social annotation tool where you can highlight, clip and sticky-note any page and then share your findings with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.diigo.com Previous rankings: 2010: 15 | 2009: 22= | 2008: 35 | 2007: 72
  16. Facebook 14 A social networking site with over 700 million members, that includes many applications that allow it be used productively in education and business Cost: Free Available: Online www.facebook.com Previous rankings: 2010: 9 | 2009: 31= | 2008: 24 | 2007: 17=
  17. Google Search 15 A powerful web-based search engine, so to find any information, you just “Google” it! Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 17 | 2009: 20 | 2008: 26= | 2007: -
  18. Google Reader 16 A web-based reader to aggregate and manage all your news and blog (RSS) feeds in one place. Cost: Free Available: Online www.evernote.com Previous rankings: 2010: 7 | 2009: 4 | 2008: 3 | 2007: 7
  19. Evernote 17 Lets you capture things (web pages, screenshots, photos, note, etc), which you can tag, store and find again fast. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online/Download www.evernote.com Previous rankings: 2010: 23 | 2009: 27 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  20. Jing 18 A desktop program you can use to instantly capture screenshots and videos – and then share them. Cost: Free Available: Download www.jingproject.com Previous rankings: 2010: 17 | 2009: 20 | 2008: 26= | 2007: -
  21. PowerPoint 19 Presentation software – part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download office.microsoft.com/powerpoint Previous rankings: 2010: 21 | 2009: 13 | 2008: 8 | 2007: 5
  22. Gmail 20 A web-based email service with many megabytes of storage space for archiving mail threads. Cost: Free Available: Online mail.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 31 | 2009: 21 | 2008: 14 | 2007: 7=
  23. LinkedIn 21 A public social network aimed at the professional community. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.linkedIn.com Previous rankings: 2010: 30 | 2009: 38= | 2008: 30 | 2007: 31
  24. Edmodo 22 A private social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. Cost: Free Available: Online www.edmodo.com Previous rankings: 2010: 46 | 2009: 88 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  25. Wikispaces 23 A platform that lets you create a wiki for collaborative working and/or learning. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.wikispaces.com Previous rankings: 2010: 17 | 2009: 29 | 2008: 19 | 2007: 15
  26. Delicious 24 A place to store your bookmarks online, tag them and share them with your colleagues and/or students. Cost: Free Available: Online www.delicious.com Previous rankings: 2010: 4 | 2009: 2 | 2008: 1 | 2007: 2
  27. Voicethread 25 A platform that lets you create collaborative presentations by collecting comments - both text and voice. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.voicethread.com Previous rankings: 2010: 19 | 2009: 19 | 2008: 23 | 2007: -
  28. NEW !! Google+ 26 A new social networking site launched in 2011. Cost: Free Available: Online plus.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  29. Animoto 27 Lets you create videos from your images. Cost: Free Available: Online www.animoto.com Previous rankings: 2010: 28 | 2009: 31= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  30. Camtasia 28 Record your screen to create training, demo, and presentation videos, aka screencasts. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp Previous rankings: 2010: 27 | 2009: 26 | 2008: 26= | 2007: 50=
  31. Audacity 29 A sound editor and recorder. Cost: Free, Open Source Available: Download audacity.sourceforge.net Previous rankings: 2010: 24 | 2009: 9= | 2008: 12 | 2007: 11
  32. NEW !! TED 30 Riveting talks by riveting people, free to the world. Cost: Free Available: Online www.ted.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  33. Yammer 31 Private social networking platform for in-company use as well as for external networks. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.yammer.com Previous rankings: 2010: 68 | 2009: 71= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  34. Google Earth 32 Combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. Cost: Free Available: Download earth.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 41 | 2009: 43= | 2008: 40= | 2007: 40=
  35. NEW !! Scoop.it 33 Leverage curation to increase your visibility. Publish gorgeous magazines. Cost: Free Available: Online scoop.it Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  36. PBWorks 34 A collaboration solution suitable for both business and education – previously known as PBwiki. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.pbworks.com Previous rankings: 2010: 33 | 2009: 34 | 2008: 35= | 2007: 43=
  37. Google Apps 35 Software-as-a-service for business and education - email, information sharing and security . Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.google.com/a Previous rankings: 2010: 34 | 2009: 38= | 2008: 68= | 2007: -
  38. Flickr 36 A place where you can store your photos and share them with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.flickr.com Previous rankings: 2010: 20 | 2009: 18 | 2008: 15 | 2007: 16
  39. Tweetdeck 37 Social media dashboard for keeping you in touch with your contacts on Twitter, Facebook, etc Cost: Free Available: Download www.tweetdeck.com Previous rankings: 2010: 37 | 2009: 43 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  40. Google Maps 38 Searchable and zoomable maps, where you can find businesses and get directions. Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com/maps Previous rankings: 2010: 58 | 2009: 67 | 2008: 34 | 2007: 36=
  41. Wordle 39 Input or copy in some text and generate a visual cloud of the most frequently use words. Tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts and colour scheme. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wordle.net Previous rankings: 2010: 22 | 2009: 30 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  42. Voki 40 Create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.. Cost: Free Available: Online www.voki.com Previous rankings: 2010: 75 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  43. NEW !! Symbaloo 41 Symbaloo is a new way to organize, share your online life and discover that of others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.symbaloo.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  44. Word 42 Word processing software – part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download office.microsoft.com/word Previous rankings: 2010: 60 | 2009: 36= | 2008: 22 | 2007: 10
  45. Google Sites 43 Lets you create simple, secure group web and wiki sites. Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com/sites Previous rankings: 2010: 39= | 2009: 71= | 2008: 59= | 2007: -
  46. NEW !! iPad and Apps 44 Tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple and 3rd party applications that run on it Cost: Commercial Available: To purchase; some free apps www.apple.com/ipad Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  47. Google Chrome 45 A browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer and easier. Cost: Free Available: Download www.google.com/chrome Previous rankings: 2010: 44 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  48. Articulate 46 Three powerful yet easy-to-use products - Presenter, Engage and Quizmaker – to create e-learning content. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.articulate.com Previous rankings: 2010: 43 | 2009: 24 | 2008: 25 | 2007: 22=
  49. SnagIt 47 Capture anything on your screen, edit the image and print it or share it as you wish. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.techsmith.com/snagit.asp Previous rankings: 2010: 58 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  50. Adobe Captivate 48 Create powerful and engaging Flash-based simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training without programming knowledge or multimedia skills. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.adobe.com/products/captivate Previous rankings: 2010: 38 | 2009: 22= | 2008: 30= | 2007: 17=
  51. Vimeo 49 Vimeo is a respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make. Cost: Free Available: Online www.vimeo.com Previous rankings: 2010: 70 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  52. NEW !! Geogebra 50 A geometry package providing for both graphical and algebraic input. Cost: Free Available: Download www.geogebra.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  53. Screenr 51 It lets you record on your Mac or PC, and then play on the Web or on an iPhone. Cost: Free Available: Online www.screenr.com Previous rankings: 2010: 58 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  54. Mindmeister 52 A collaborative mind-mapping tool. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.mindmeister.com Previous rankings: 2010: 73= | 2009: 55= | 2008: 42= | 2007: -
  55. Picasa 53 Locate and organise all the photos on your computer, edit and add effects to your photos, and share your photos with others. Cost: Free Available: Download picasa.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 46 | 2009: 63 | 2008: - | 2007: 57=
  56. Wallwisher 54 An online noticeboard maker. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wallwisher.com Previous rankings: 2010: 26 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  57. iPhone/iPod & Apps 55 Phone, internet and multimedia device developed by Apple with access to thousands of applications. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.apple.com/iphone Previous rankings: 2010: 39 | 2009: 31= | 2008: 50= | 2007: 43=
  58. Scribd 56 A place to store documents - doc, ppt, pdf, xls, etc and share them with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.scribd.com Previous rankings: 2010: 54 | 2009: 71= | 2008: 83= | 2007: 50=
  59. Ning 57 Create your own customised private social networks and communities. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.ning.com Previous rankings: 2010: 31 | 2009: 11= | 2008: 16 | 2007: 31=
  60. NEW !! eFront 58 A modern learning system, bundled with key enterprise functionality ranging from skill-gap analysis and branch management to tailor-made reports. Cost: Free, Open source & Paid for Available: Download www.efrontlearning.net Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  61. Adobe Connect 59 A web communication system that enables IT professionals to provide enterprise web communication solutions for training, marketing, enterprise web conferencing, and online collaboration. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.adobe.com/products/connect Previous rankings: 2010: 61= | 2009: 41= | 2008: 66= | 2007: 72=
  62. Blackboard Collaborate 60 (prev Elluminate) Helping you create virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx Previous rankings: 2010: 35 | 2009: 43= | 2008: 50= | 2007: 50=
  63. OpenOffice 61 An office suite of tools to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Cost: Free, Open source Available: Download www.openoffice.org Previous rankings: 2010: 61 | 2009: 71= | 2008: 41= | 2007: 31=
  64. Storybird 62 Storybirds are short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share and print. Cost: Free Available: Online www.storybird.com Previous rankings: 2010: 71 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  65. NEW !! Knol 63 Share what you know and write a knol. Cost: Free Available: Online knol.google.com/k Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  66. Livebinders 64 Your 3-ring binder for the Web. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.mindmeister.com Previous rankings: 2010: 61 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  67. SharePoint 65 An integrated suite of Microsoft products to create an intranet and collaboration portal. Cost: Commercial Available: Installed sharepoint.microsoft.com Previous rankings: 2010: 75= | 2009: 50= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  68. iTunes and iTunes U 66 Listen to music and podcasts as well as watch videos. Educational podcasts available at iTunes U. Cost: Free Available: Download/Online www.apple.com/itunes Previous rankings: 2010: 51 | 2009: 41= | 2008: 28 | 2007: 26=
  69. NEW !! Mahara 67 Mahara is an e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Cost: Free, open source Available: Download www.mahara.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  70. NEW !! Lino 68 lino is a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser. Cost: Free Available: Online linoit.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  71. Outlook 69= This email client is part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download office,microsoft.com/outlook Previous rankings: 2010: 95 | 2009: 67= | 2008: 38= | 2007: 17=
  72. Posterous Spaces 69= Posterous Spaces is an easy way to share safely online. Publish to multiple Spaces on the web, by email, or by using the iPhone or Android apps. Cost: Free Available: Online www.posterous.com Previous rankings: 2010: 36 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  73. NEW !! Storify 69= Storify helps its users tell stories by curating social media. Cost: Free Available: Online www.storify.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  74. Udutu 69= Create courses quickly and easily either on your own or collaboratively with others. Easily import existing content. Cost: Free, HostingCharge Available: Online udutu.com Previous rankings: 2010: 95 | 2009: 64= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  75. Hootsuite 73 Social media dashboard: monitor mentions, track results, schedule updates, assign tasks, and spread messages. Cost: Free Available: Online/Download www.hootsuite.com Previous rankings: 2010: 74= | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  76. NEW !! Big Blue Button 74= Web conferencing/virtual classroom software. Cost: Free, Open source Available: Download bigbluebutton.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  77. Edublogs 74= Blogging for teachers and students, made easy (based on Wordpress platform). Cost: Free, open source Available: Online www.edublogs.org Previous rankings: 2010: 48 | 2009: 49 | 2008: 59= | 2007: 72=
  78. Etherpad & Clones 74= A web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time. Clones include TypeWithMe, etc. Cost: Free Available: Download/Online www.etherpad.com and www.typewithme.com Previous rankings: 2010: 50 | 2009: 71= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  79. iGoogle 74= Here you can aggregate all the Google resources you use on your online desktop, e.g. gMail, Google Calendar, Google Reader and more. Cost: Free Available: Online google.com/ig Previous rankings: 2010: 44 | 2009: 16 | 2008: 17 | 2007: 17=
  80. iMovie 74= Makes viewing and working with video as intuitive as enjoying your photos. Part of Apple iLife Suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.apple.com/ilife/imovie Previous rankings: 2010: 95 | 2009: 88= | 2008: 66= | 2007: -
  81. NEW !! Khan Academy 74= A library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 235 practice exercises Cost: Free Available: Online www.khanacademy.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  82. Survey Monkey 74= Survey software for anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.surveymonkey.com Previous rankings: 2010: 48= | 2009: 88= | 2008: 54= | 2007: -
  83. Excel 81 Spreadsheet software – part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commecial Available: Download office.microsoft.com/excel Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: 50= | 2007: 27
  84. Google Calendar 82= Use it for your own personal diary or for scheduling events with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com/calendar Previous rankings: 2010: 53 | 2009: 50= | 2008: 29 | 2007: 36=
  85. NEW !! Kindle 82= E-book reader developed by Amazon. Cost: Commercial Available: Purchase www.amazon.com/kindle or amazon.co.uk/kindle Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  86. NEW !! Poll Everywhere 82= Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.polleverywhere.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  87. NEW !! Quizlet 82= The best way to study languages or almost anything. Cost: Free Available: Online www.quizlet.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  88. NEW !! Screencast-O-matic 82= Screencast-O-Matic is the original online screen recorder for one-click recording from your browser. Cost: Free Available: Online www.screencastomatic.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  89. TeacherTube 82= A place where you can host and share instructional videos. Cost: Free Available: Online netvibes.com Previous rankings: 2010: 90 | 2009: 64= | 2008: 80= | 2007: 57=
  90. Zotero 82= An easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives in the web browser itself. Cost: Free Available: Download www.zotero.org Previous rankings: 2010: 57 | 2009: - | 2008: 66= | 2007: 72=
  91. Blackboard 89 A suite of academic tools. Cost: Commecial Available: Installed www.blackboard.com Previous rankings: 2010: 68 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  92. Adobe Flash 90= Create powerful and engaging animations. Cost: Paid for Available: Download www.adobe.com/products/flash Previous rankings: 2010: 81= | 2009: 38 | 2008: 38 | 2007: 43
  93. Android Phones & Apps 90= Android is Google’s own Operating System. The Android OS sports an excellent web browser and integrates online tools pretty effectively.. Previous rankings: 2010: 85 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  94. Bubbl.us 90= A simple web application that lets you brainstorm online with others. Cost: Free Available: Online bubbl.us Previous rankings: 2010: 89 | 2009: 55= | 2008: 83= | 2007: -
  95. NEW !! Buddypress 90= Build a social network for your company or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of Wordpress. Cost: Free, open source Available: Download www.buddypress.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  96. NEW !! Composica 90= A social e-learning authoring system that offers real-time collaboration among team members. Cost: Paid for Available: Online www.composica.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  97. NEW !! Fuze Meeting 90= A collaboration and personal telepresence service that enables the mobile enterprise to share ay content, from any device, anywhere in the world. Cost: Paid for plans Available: Online www.fuzemeeting.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  98. Netvibes 90= A start page that provides you with access to all your digital resources in one place: blogs, news, videos, podcasts, pictures, email, etc Cost: Free Available: Online netvibes.com Previous rankings: 2010: 61 | 2009: 55= | 2008: 37 | 2007: 26
  99. NEW !! Paper.li 90= Publish Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any web content into an online newspaper.. Cost: Free Available: Online paper.li Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  100. NEW !! Read it Later 90= Save pages from your computer or phone. Read at home, work, on the plane, or during your commute; even without an internet connection Cost: Free Available: Download www.readitlaterlist.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  101. NEW !! Weebly 90= The easiest way to create a website or blog. Cost: Free Available: Online www.weebly.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  102. OneNote 100 Manage information with tools that save time and simplify your work – from Microsoft. Cost: Paid for Available: Download office.microsoft.com/onenote Previous rankings: 2010: 85 | 2009: 48 | 2008: 65 | 2007: 72

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5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools

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  1. Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 Compiled by Jane Hart Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www.C4LPT.co.uk
  2. About the Top 100 Tools 2011 List This is the 5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools. In 2011, 531 learning professionals from around the world shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning. From their contributions the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 list was compiled You can view the list and analysis at www.c4lpt.co.uk. Jane Hart is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. www.C4LPT.co.uk Jane is an independent consultant, speaker and writer
  3. Twitter 1 Keep in touch with colleagues and friends no matter where you are or what you’re doing in less than 140 characters Cost: Free Available: Online www.twitter.com Previous rankings: 2010: 1 | 2009: 1 | 2008: 11 | 2007: 43
  4. YouTube 2 A place where you can host and share videos. Cost: Free Available: Online www.youtube.com Previous rankings: 2010: 2 | 2009: 3 | 2008: 18 | 2007: 22
  5. Google Docs 3 To create, store and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations online, where you can work on your own or collaboratively. Includes Google Forms. Cost: Free Available: Online docs.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 3 | 2009: 5 | 2008: 7 | 2007: 14
  6. Skype 4 For text and voice message conversations with others. Cost: Free Available: Download www.skype.net Previous rankings: 2010: 6 | 2009: 11= | 2008: 4 | 2007: 3
  7. Wordpress 5 A blogging platform that is free and easy to use. Cost: Free, Open Source Available: Online/Download www.wordpress.com and www.wordpress.org Previous rankings: 2010: 8 | 2009: 6 | 2008: 5 | 2007: 6
  8. Dropbox 6 Put your files into your Dropbox on one computer, and they'll be instantly available on any of your other computers that you've installed Dropbox on. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online/Download www.dropbox.com Previous rankings: 2010: 13 | 2009: 71= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  9. Prezi 7 Build amazing, non-linear presentations where you can zoom in and out of a visual map containing words, links, images, videos, etc. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.prezi.com Previous rankings: 2010: 12 | 2009: 28 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  10. Moodle 8 Course management system with social functionality. Cost: Free, Open source Available: Download www.moodle.org Previous rankings: 2010: 10 | 2009: 14= | 2008: 9 | 2007: 12=
  11. Slideshare 9 A place where you can store and share your presentations with others and create a slidecast (a narrated presentation). Cost: Free Available: Online www.slideshare.net Previous rankings: 2010: 5 | 2009: 7 | 2008: 20 | 2007: 31
  12. Glogster EDU 10 Make an interactive poster. Cost: Free Available: Online edu.glogster.com Previous rankings: 2010: 25 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  13. Wikipedia 11 This online encyclopaedia has been written collaboratively by thousands of people from around the world. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wikipedia.org Previous rankings: 2010: 16 | 2009: 17 | 2008: 13 | 2007: 26=
  14. Blogger/Blogspot 12 A simple and quick way to get a blog up and running. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wikipedia.org Previous rankings: 2010: 14 | 2009: 14= | 2008: 10 | 2007: 9
  15. Diigo 13 A social annotation tool where you can highlight, clip and sticky-note any page and then share your findings with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.diigo.com Previous rankings: 2010: 15 | 2009: 22= | 2008: 35 | 2007: 72
  16. Facebook 14 A social networking site with over 700 million members, that includes many applications that allow it be used productively in education and business Cost: Free Available: Online www.facebook.com Previous rankings: 2010: 9 | 2009: 31= | 2008: 24 | 2007: 17=
  17. Google Search 15 A powerful web-based search engine, so to find any information, you just “Google” it! Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 17 | 2009: 20 | 2008: 26= | 2007: -
  18. Google Reader 16 A web-based reader to aggregate and manage all your news and blog (RSS) feeds in one place. Cost: Free Available: Online www.evernote.com Previous rankings: 2010: 7 | 2009: 4 | 2008: 3 | 2007: 7
  19. Evernote 17 Lets you capture things (web pages, screenshots, photos, note, etc), which you can tag, store and find again fast. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online/Download www.evernote.com Previous rankings: 2010: 23 | 2009: 27 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  20. Jing 18 A desktop program you can use to instantly capture screenshots and videos – and then share them. Cost: Free Available: Download www.jingproject.com Previous rankings: 2010: 17 | 2009: 20 | 2008: 26= | 2007: -
  21. PowerPoint 19 Presentation software – part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download office.microsoft.com/powerpoint Previous rankings: 2010: 21 | 2009: 13 | 2008: 8 | 2007: 5
  22. Gmail 20 A web-based email service with many megabytes of storage space for archiving mail threads. Cost: Free Available: Online mail.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 31 | 2009: 21 | 2008: 14 | 2007: 7=
  23. LinkedIn 21 A public social network aimed at the professional community. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.linkedIn.com Previous rankings: 2010: 30 | 2009: 38= | 2008: 30 | 2007: 31
  24. Edmodo 22 A private social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. Cost: Free Available: Online www.edmodo.com Previous rankings: 2010: 46 | 2009: 88 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  25. Wikispaces 23 A platform that lets you create a wiki for collaborative working and/or learning. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.wikispaces.com Previous rankings: 2010: 17 | 2009: 29 | 2008: 19 | 2007: 15
  26. Delicious 24 A place to store your bookmarks online, tag them and share them with your colleagues and/or students. Cost: Free Available: Online www.delicious.com Previous rankings: 2010: 4 | 2009: 2 | 2008: 1 | 2007: 2
  27. Voicethread 25 A platform that lets you create collaborative presentations by collecting comments - both text and voice. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.voicethread.com Previous rankings: 2010: 19 | 2009: 19 | 2008: 23 | 2007: -
  28. NEW !! Google+ 26 A new social networking site launched in 2011. Cost: Free Available: Online plus.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  29. Animoto 27 Lets you create videos from your images. Cost: Free Available: Online www.animoto.com Previous rankings: 2010: 28 | 2009: 31= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  30. Camtasia 28 Record your screen to create training, demo, and presentation videos, aka screencasts. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp Previous rankings: 2010: 27 | 2009: 26 | 2008: 26= | 2007: 50=
  31. Audacity 29 A sound editor and recorder. Cost: Free, Open Source Available: Download audacity.sourceforge.net Previous rankings: 2010: 24 | 2009: 9= | 2008: 12 | 2007: 11
  32. NEW !! TED 30 Riveting talks by riveting people, free to the world. Cost: Free Available: Online www.ted.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  33. Yammer 31 Private social networking platform for in-company use as well as for external networks. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.yammer.com Previous rankings: 2010: 68 | 2009: 71= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  34. Google Earth 32 Combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. Cost: Free Available: Download earth.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 41 | 2009: 43= | 2008: 40= | 2007: 40=
  35. NEW !! Scoop.it 33 Leverage curation to increase your visibility. Publish gorgeous magazines. Cost: Free Available: Online scoop.it Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  36. PBWorks 34 A collaboration solution suitable for both business and education – previously known as PBwiki. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.pbworks.com Previous rankings: 2010: 33 | 2009: 34 | 2008: 35= | 2007: 43=
  37. Google Apps 35 Software-as-a-service for business and education - email, information sharing and security . Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.google.com/a Previous rankings: 2010: 34 | 2009: 38= | 2008: 68= | 2007: -
  38. Flickr 36 A place where you can store your photos and share them with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.flickr.com Previous rankings: 2010: 20 | 2009: 18 | 2008: 15 | 2007: 16
  39. Tweetdeck 37 Social media dashboard for keeping you in touch with your contacts on Twitter, Facebook, etc Cost: Free Available: Download www.tweetdeck.com Previous rankings: 2010: 37 | 2009: 43 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  40. Google Maps 38 Searchable and zoomable maps, where you can find businesses and get directions. Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com/maps Previous rankings: 2010: 58 | 2009: 67 | 2008: 34 | 2007: 36=
  41. Wordle 39 Input or copy in some text and generate a visual cloud of the most frequently use words. Tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts and colour scheme. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wordle.net Previous rankings: 2010: 22 | 2009: 30 | 2008: - | 2007: -
  42. Voki 40 Create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.. Cost: Free Available: Online www.voki.com Previous rankings: 2010: 75 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  43. NEW !! Symbaloo 41 Symbaloo is a new way to organize, share your online life and discover that of others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.symbaloo.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  44. Word 42 Word processing software – part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download office.microsoft.com/word Previous rankings: 2010: 60 | 2009: 36= | 2008: 22 | 2007: 10
  45. Google Sites 43 Lets you create simple, secure group web and wiki sites. Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com/sites Previous rankings: 2010: 39= | 2009: 71= | 2008: 59= | 2007: -
  46. NEW !! iPad and Apps 44 Tablet computer developed and marketed by Apple and 3rd party applications that run on it Cost: Commercial Available: To purchase; some free apps www.apple.com/ipad Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  47. Google Chrome 45 A browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer and easier. Cost: Free Available: Download www.google.com/chrome Previous rankings: 2010: 44 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  48. Articulate 46 Three powerful yet easy-to-use products - Presenter, Engage and Quizmaker – to create e-learning content. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.articulate.com Previous rankings: 2010: 43 | 2009: 24 | 2008: 25 | 2007: 22=
  49. SnagIt 47 Capture anything on your screen, edit the image and print it or share it as you wish. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.techsmith.com/snagit.asp Previous rankings: 2010: 58 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  50. Adobe Captivate 48 Create powerful and engaging Flash-based simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training without programming knowledge or multimedia skills. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.adobe.com/products/captivate Previous rankings: 2010: 38 | 2009: 22= | 2008: 30= | 2007: 17=
  51. Vimeo 49 Vimeo is a respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make. Cost: Free Available: Online www.vimeo.com Previous rankings: 2010: 70 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  52. NEW !! Geogebra 50 A geometry package providing for both graphical and algebraic input. Cost: Free Available: Download www.geogebra.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  53. Screenr 51 It lets you record on your Mac or PC, and then play on the Web or on an iPhone. Cost: Free Available: Online www.screenr.com Previous rankings: 2010: 58 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  54. Mindmeister 52 A collaborative mind-mapping tool. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.mindmeister.com Previous rankings: 2010: 73= | 2009: 55= | 2008: 42= | 2007: -
  55. Picasa 53 Locate and organise all the photos on your computer, edit and add effects to your photos, and share your photos with others. Cost: Free Available: Download picasa.google.com Previous rankings: 2010: 46 | 2009: 63 | 2008: - | 2007: 57=
  56. Wallwisher 54 An online noticeboard maker. Cost: Free Available: Online www.wallwisher.com Previous rankings: 2010: 26 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  57. iPhone/iPod & Apps 55 Phone, internet and multimedia device developed by Apple with access to thousands of applications. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.apple.com/iphone Previous rankings: 2010: 39 | 2009: 31= | 2008: 50= | 2007: 43=
  58. Scribd 56 A place to store documents - doc, ppt, pdf, xls, etc and share them with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.scribd.com Previous rankings: 2010: 54 | 2009: 71= | 2008: 83= | 2007: 50=
  59. Ning 57 Create your own customised private social networks and communities. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.ning.com Previous rankings: 2010: 31 | 2009: 11= | 2008: 16 | 2007: 31=
  60. NEW !! eFront 58 A modern learning system, bundled with key enterprise functionality ranging from skill-gap analysis and branch management to tailor-made reports. Cost: Free, Open source & Paid for Available: Download www.efrontlearning.net Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  61. Adobe Connect 59 A web communication system that enables IT professionals to provide enterprise web communication solutions for training, marketing, enterprise web conferencing, and online collaboration. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.adobe.com/products/connect Previous rankings: 2010: 61= | 2009: 41= | 2008: 66= | 2007: 72=
  62. Blackboard Collaborate 60 (prev Elluminate) Helping you create virtual classrooms, offices and meeting spaces. Cost: Commercial Available: Online www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx Previous rankings: 2010: 35 | 2009: 43= | 2008: 50= | 2007: 50=
  63. OpenOffice 61 An office suite of tools to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Cost: Free, Open source Available: Download www.openoffice.org Previous rankings: 2010: 61 | 2009: 71= | 2008: 41= | 2007: 31=
  64. Storybird 62 Storybirds are short, visual stories that you make with family and friends to share and print. Cost: Free Available: Online www.storybird.com Previous rankings: 2010: 71 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  65. NEW !! Knol 63 Share what you know and write a knol. Cost: Free Available: Online knol.google.com/k Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  66. Livebinders 64 Your 3-ring binder for the Web. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.mindmeister.com Previous rankings: 2010: 61 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  67. SharePoint 65 An integrated suite of Microsoft products to create an intranet and collaboration portal. Cost: Commercial Available: Installed sharepoint.microsoft.com Previous rankings: 2010: 75= | 2009: 50= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  68. iTunes and iTunes U 66 Listen to music and podcasts as well as watch videos. Educational podcasts available at iTunes U. Cost: Free Available: Download/Online www.apple.com/itunes Previous rankings: 2010: 51 | 2009: 41= | 2008: 28 | 2007: 26=
  69. NEW !! Mahara 67 Mahara is an e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Cost: Free, open source Available: Download www.mahara.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  70. NEW !! Lino 68 lino is a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser. Cost: Free Available: Online linoit.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  71. Outlook 69= This email client is part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download office,microsoft.com/outlook Previous rankings: 2010: 95 | 2009: 67= | 2008: 38= | 2007: 17=
  72. Posterous Spaces 69= Posterous Spaces is an easy way to share safely online. Publish to multiple Spaces on the web, by email, or by using the iPhone or Android apps. Cost: Free Available: Online www.posterous.com Previous rankings: 2010: 36 | 2009: 55= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  73. NEW !! Storify 69= Storify helps its users tell stories by curating social media. Cost: Free Available: Online www.storify.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  74. Udutu 69= Create courses quickly and easily either on your own or collaboratively with others. Easily import existing content. Cost: Free, HostingCharge Available: Online udutu.com Previous rankings: 2010: 95 | 2009: 64= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  75. Hootsuite 73 Social media dashboard: monitor mentions, track results, schedule updates, assign tasks, and spread messages. Cost: Free Available: Online/Download www.hootsuite.com Previous rankings: 2010: 74= | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  76. NEW !! Big Blue Button 74= Web conferencing/virtual classroom software. Cost: Free, Open source Available: Download bigbluebutton.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  77. Edublogs 74= Blogging for teachers and students, made easy (based on Wordpress platform). Cost: Free, open source Available: Online www.edublogs.org Previous rankings: 2010: 48 | 2009: 49 | 2008: 59= | 2007: 72=
  78. Etherpad & Clones 74= A web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time. Clones include TypeWithMe, etc. Cost: Free Available: Download/Online www.etherpad.com and www.typewithme.com Previous rankings: 2010: 50 | 2009: 71= | 2008: - | 2007: -
  79. iGoogle 74= Here you can aggregate all the Google resources you use on your online desktop, e.g. gMail, Google Calendar, Google Reader and more. Cost: Free Available: Online google.com/ig Previous rankings: 2010: 44 | 2009: 16 | 2008: 17 | 2007: 17=
  80. iMovie 74= Makes viewing and working with video as intuitive as enjoying your photos. Part of Apple iLife Suite. Cost: Commercial Available: Download www.apple.com/ilife/imovie Previous rankings: 2010: 95 | 2009: 88= | 2008: 66= | 2007: -
  81. NEW !! Khan Academy 74= A library of over 2,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 235 practice exercises Cost: Free Available: Online www.khanacademy.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  82. Survey Monkey 74= Survey software for anyone to create professional online surveys quickly and easily. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.surveymonkey.com Previous rankings: 2010: 48= | 2009: 88= | 2008: 54= | 2007: -
  83. Excel 81 Spreadsheet software – part of the Microsoft Office suite. Cost: Commecial Available: Download office.microsoft.com/excel Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: 50= | 2007: 27
  84. Google Calendar 82= Use it for your own personal diary or for scheduling events with others. Cost: Free Available: Online www.google.com/calendar Previous rankings: 2010: 53 | 2009: 50= | 2008: 29 | 2007: 36=
  85. NEW !! Kindle 82= E-book reader developed by Amazon. Cost: Commercial Available: Purchase www.amazon.com/kindle or amazon.co.uk/kindle Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  86. NEW !! Poll Everywhere 82= Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. Cost: Free & Paid plans Available: Online www.polleverywhere.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  87. NEW !! Quizlet 82= The best way to study languages or almost anything. Cost: Free Available: Online www.quizlet.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  88. NEW !! Screencast-O-matic 82= Screencast-O-Matic is the original online screen recorder for one-click recording from your browser. Cost: Free Available: Online www.screencastomatic.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  89. TeacherTube 82= A place where you can host and share instructional videos. Cost: Free Available: Online netvibes.com Previous rankings: 2010: 90 | 2009: 64= | 2008: 80= | 2007: 57=
  90. Zotero 82= An easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives in the web browser itself. Cost: Free Available: Download www.zotero.org Previous rankings: 2010: 57 | 2009: - | 2008: 66= | 2007: 72=
  91. Blackboard 89 A suite of academic tools. Cost: Commecial Available: Installed www.blackboard.com Previous rankings: 2010: 68 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  92. Adobe Flash 90= Create powerful and engaging animations. Cost: Paid for Available: Download www.adobe.com/products/flash Previous rankings: 2010: 81= | 2009: 38 | 2008: 38 | 2007: 43
  93. Android Phones & Apps 90= Android is Google’s own Operating System. The Android OS sports an excellent web browser and integrates online tools pretty effectively.. Previous rankings: 2010: 85 | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  94. Bubbl.us 90= A simple web application that lets you brainstorm online with others. Cost: Free Available: Online bubbl.us Previous rankings: 2010: 89 | 2009: 55= | 2008: 83= | 2007: -
  95. NEW !! Buddypress 90= Build a social network for your company or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of Wordpress. Cost: Free, open source Available: Download www.buddypress.org Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  96. NEW !! Composica 90= A social e-learning authoring system that offers real-time collaboration among team members. Cost: Paid for Available: Online www.composica.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  97. NEW !! Fuze Meeting 90= A collaboration and personal telepresence service that enables the mobile enterprise to share ay content, from any device, anywhere in the world. Cost: Paid for plans Available: Online www.fuzemeeting.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  98. Netvibes 90= A start page that provides you with access to all your digital resources in one place: blogs, news, videos, podcasts, pictures, email, etc Cost: Free Available: Online netvibes.com Previous rankings: 2010: 61 | 2009: 55= | 2008: 37 | 2007: 26
  99. NEW !! Paper.li 90= Publish Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or any web content into an online newspaper.. Cost: Free Available: Online paper.li Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  100. NEW !! Read it Later 90= Save pages from your computer or phone. Read at home, work, on the plane, or during your commute; even without an internet connection Cost: Free Available: Download www.readitlaterlist.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  101. NEW !! Weebly 90= The easiest way to create a website or blog. Cost: Free Available: Online www.weebly.com Previous rankings: 2010: - | 2009: - | 2008: - | 2007: -
  102. OneNote 100 Manage information with tools that save time and simplify your work – from Microsoft. Cost: Paid for Available: Download office.microsoft.com/onenote Previous rankings: 2010: 85 | 2009: 48 | 2008: 65 | 2007: 72

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