Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012

Jane Hart
Jane HartSpeaker, Writer & Independent Workplace Learning & Collaboration Adviser
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012
              6th Annual Survey
                                    Compiled by Jane Hart
   from the votes of 500+ learning professionals worldwide

  Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT)
                                       www.C4LPT.co.uk
What is a learning tool?
   Any tool that you could use to create or deliver learning
   content/solutions for others, or a tool you use for your own personal
   learning.

The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 has been compiled from the
votes of 582 learning professionals worldwide (55% working in
education and 45% in non-educational organizations).

Each tool is listed on a separate slide which provides:

 A brief description including cost, availability, link and summary of change
  from last year

 A list of rankings in previous surveys

 A quick view of where/how it is mainly being used, i.e. for Pers
  (personal/professional use), Edu (educational use), Ent (internal enterprise
  use). NOTE: absence of a tick in a box does not mean the tool is not, cannot
  nor should not be used in that way, rather that from an analysis of the
  contributions to the list that is where it is currently commonly being used.
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Twitter                                                    1

                                               Previous rankings
 An online social networking and micro-
 blogging service that enables its users       2011: 1
 to send and receive text-based                2010: 1
 messages (tweets) of up to 140                2009: 1
 characters.
                                               2008: 11
 Twitter retains its #1 position for the 4th
 year running.
                                               2007: 43

                                                        Pers   ✔
 Cost: Free
 Available: Online                                       Edu   ✔

 www.twitter.com                                         Ent
YouTube                                                2

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 2
A video-sharing site where users can       2010: 2
upload, view and share videos.             2009: 3
Retains its #2 position for the 3rd year   2008: 18
running.                                   2007: 22

Cost: Free                                          Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                     Edu   ✔
www.youtube.com
                                                     Ent
Google Docs/Drive                                      3

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 3
Google Docs is a free web-based word       2010: 3
processing, spreadsheet, presentation,     2009: 5
form and data storage service from
Google. Now referred to as Google          2008: 7
Drive.                                     2007: 14
Retains its #3 position for the 3rd year
running.                                            Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
                                                     Edu   ✔
Available: Online
                                                     Ent   (✔)
docs.google.com
Google Search                             11       4

                                        Previous rankings
Google Search is a web search engine.
                                        2011: 15
It is often described as the only       2010: 11
e-learning tool you’ll ever need.       2009: 8
Back again in the Top 5.
                                        2008: 6
                                        2007: 3
Cost: Free

Available: Online                                Pers   ✔

www.google.com                                    Edu

                                                  Ent
Wordpress                                            5

                                         Previous rankings
 Wordpress.com is free, web-based        2011: 5
 blogging software. Wordpress.org is
 free open source software that can be   2010: 8
 downloaded and used to build a          2009: 6
 website or blog.                        2008: 5
 Wordpress has been the most popular     2007: 6=
 blogging tool since the survey began.
                                                  Pers   ✔
 Cost: Free
                                                   Edu   ✔
 Available: Online/Download
                                                   Ent   ✔
 www.wordpress.com
 www.wordpress.org
Dropbox                                                6

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 6
A free file hosting service that offers    2010: 13
cloud storage, file synchronization, and   2009: 71=
client software.
                                           2008: -
Dropbox maintains its strong ranking in    2007: -
the top 10 for the 2nd year running.

                                                    Pers   ✔
Cost: Free and premium
versions                                             Edu   ✔
Available: Online/Download
                                                     Ent   ✔
www.dropbox.com
Skype                                    3         7

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 4
An application that allows users to     2010: 6
make text and voice calls over the      2009: 11=
Internet.
                                        2008: 4
Skype continues to hold a strong        2007: 3
position in the top 10, with only one
year outside it.
                                                 Pers   ✔

Cost: Free plus premium service                   Edu   ✔
Available: Download client
                                                  Ent   (✔)
www.skype.net
PowerPoint                                 11       8

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 19
A presentation programme and part of     2010: 21
the Microsoft Office suite.              2009: 13
PowerPoint is back again in the top 10   2008: 8
of the list.                             2007: 5

Cost: Commercial                                  Pers   ✔
Available: Download
                                                   Edu   ✔
www.microsoft.com/powerpoint
                                                   Ent   ✔
Facebook                                   5         9

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 14
The largest public social networking      2010: 9
site that lets you to make connections,   2009: 31=
share interests, and join groups.
                                          2008: 24
Back again in the Top 10 list.            2007: 17=
Cost: Free
                                                   Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                    Edu   ✔
www.facebook.com
                                                    Ent
Wikipedia                                   1        10

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 11
A free online encyclopaedia that you       2010: 16
can edit and contribute to.                2009: 17
Appears in the top 10 for the first time   2008: 13
in 6 years.                                2007: 26=
Cost: Free
                                                    Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                     Edu   (✔)
www.wikipedia.org
                                                     Ent
Moodle                                3        11

                                     Previous rankings
                                     2011: 8
A free open source course/learning   2010: 10
management system. Easy to install   2009: 14=
and configure.
                                     2008: 9
Drops out of the top 10 this year.   2007: 12=
Cost: Free
                                              Pers
Available: Download
www.moodle.org                                 Edu   ✔

                                               Ent   ✔
Evernote                                    5        12

                                           Previous rankings
A family of products that helps you        2011: 17
remember and act upon ideas, projects      2010: 23
and experiences across all the
computers, phones and tablets you          2009: 27
use.                                       2008: -
                                           2007: -
Continues its rise in the list since its
first appearance in 2009.
                                                    Pers   ✔
Cost: Free and premium service
                                                     Edu
Available: Download client
                                                     Ent
www.evernote.com
Slideshare                                  4        13

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 9
A free online slide hosting service
where users can upload, view and           2010: 5
share slidesets.                           2009: 7
Loses its position in the Top 10 after 3   2008: 20
years.                                     2007: 31

Cost: Free and premium service                      Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                     Edu   ✔
www.slideshare.net
                                                     Ent
Prezi                                        7        14

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 7
 Web-based presentation software and
 storytelling tool for exploring and        2010: 12
 sharing ideas on a virtual canvas.         2009: 28
                                            2008: -
 After a brief spell in the top 10 tools,
 Prezi falls back slightly this year.       2007: -

 Cost: Free and premium versions
                                                     Pers   ✔
 Available: Online                                    Edu   ✔

 www.prezi.com                                        Ent
Blogger/Blogspot                           3        15

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 12
An online service, owned by Google,       2010: 14
that allows users to create personal or   2009: 14=
multi-user blogs.
                                          2008: 10
Continues to maintain a steady position   2007: 9
in the list.

Cost: Free                                         Pers   ✔

Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔

                                                    Ent
www.blogger.com
Google Reader                                      16

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 16
A web-based aggregator that reads       2010: 7
RSS feeds online or offline.            2009: 4
Continues to maintain its position as   2008: 3
the most popular RSS reader on the      2007: 7=
list.

                                                 Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                 Edu

google.com/reader                                 Ent
Google+/Hangouts                           9        17

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 26
Last year’s highest ranked newcomer,
Google’s social network continues its     2010: -
climb up the chart this year. The video   2009: -
Google Hangouts are proving               2008: -
especially popular for hosting video
events.                                   2007: -

                                                   Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔

www.google.com/plus                                 Ent
Diigo                                     5        18

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 13
A social bookmarking, research, and
                                         2010: 15
knowledge sharing tool that lets you
take personal notes and highlight text   2009: 22=
information on web pages.                2008: 35=
                                         2007: 72=
The highest ranked social bookmarking
tool on the list.
                                                  Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
                                                   Edu   ✔
Available: Online
                                                   Ent
www.diiigo.com
Word                                     23      19

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: 42
A word processing programme and part   2010: 60
of the Microsoft Office suite.         2009: 36=
Word has jumped back up the list       2008: 22
again; creating quick and simple       2007: 10
documents is sometimes all that is
needed.
Cost: Commercial                                Pers   ✔

Available: Download                              Edu   ✔
www.microsoft.com/word
                                                 Ent   ✔
Yammer                                    11      20

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 31
This private enterprise social          2010: 68
networking platform continues to rise   2009: 71=
up the list. Acquired by Microsoft in
2012.                                   2008: -
                                        2007: -
This year moves into the Top 20.
Cost: Free and premium versions
                                                 Pers   (✔)
Available: Online
www.yammer.com                                    Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent   ✔
EduGlogster                                 11      21

                                          Previous rankings
Supports the creation and sharing of      2011: 10
Glogs - interactive posters loaded with   2010: 25
text, graphics, music, videos, etc.
                                          2009: 55=
Glogster EDU is a secure learning
platform for teachers and students.       2008: -
                                          2007: -
Despite losing its place in the top 10,
Glogster is still a popular educational
                                                   Pers
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔

www.glogster.com/edu                                Ent
Edmodo                                                 22

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 22
A free and secure social learning           2010: 46
network for teachers, students and          2009: 88
schools.
                                            2008: -
Appears to be stabilizing its position on   2007: -
the list.
Cost: Free
                                                     Pers
Available: Online
www.edmodo.com                                        Edu   ✔

                                                      Ent
LinkedIn                                  2        23

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 21
LinkedIn is the most popular business-   2010: 30
oriented professional networking site.   2009: 38=
It continues to maintain a steady        2008: 30
position on the list.                    2007: 31

Cost: Free and premium versions                   Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                   Edu
www.linkedIn.com
                                                   Ent   ✔
Scoop.it                                     9        24

                                            Previous rankings
A social media publishing platform
                                            2011: 33
where users curate content on their         2010: -
favourite topics and share it as a visual   2009: -
magazine.
                                            2008: -
This popular content curation service       2007: -
continues its climb up the list.

Cost: Free                                           Pers   ✔

Available: online                                     Edu   ✔

                                                      Ent
www.scoop.it


.
TED Talks/Ed                              5        25

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 30
 TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas
 Worth Spreading - annual conferences,   2010: -
 the annual TED Prize and local TEDx     2009: -
 events. TED ED are” lessons worth
                                         2008: -
 sharing”.
                                         2007: -
 Another newcomer from 2011 that
 continues to rise up the chart.
                                                  Pers   ✔
 Cost: Free
                                                   Edu   ✔
 Available: Online
                                                   Ent
 www.ted.com
 ed.ted.com
Jing                                       8        26

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 18
A screencasting program that lets you
capture anything you see on your
                                          2010: 17
computer screen, as an image or short     2009: 20
video, and share it instantly.            2008: 26=
A small drop back on the list this year
                                          2007: -

Cost: Free                                         Pers   ✔

Available: Download                                 Edu   ✔

www.techsmith.com/jing.html                         Ent   ✔
Gmail                                    7        27

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 20
Gmail is a free, webmail service
provided by Google.                     2010: 31
                                        2009: 21
The most popular email service/client   2008: 14
on the list.
                                        2007: 7=
Cost: Free
                                                 Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                  Edu   (✔)
www.gmail.com
                                                  Ent   (✔)
Camtasia                                             28

                                          Previous rankings
Tool to record on-screen activity, edit   2011: 28
and enhance your content, and share       2010: 27
in high-quality to viewers anywhere.
                                          2009: 26
Continues to maintain a consistent        2008: 26=
position on the list                      2007: 50=
Cost: Commercial
                                                   Pers
Available: Download
                                                    Edu   ✔
www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html
                                                    Ent   ✔
Audacity                                           29

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 29
Open source audio recording and         2010: 24
editing program that lets you mix       2009: 9=
sounds, record sounds and edit sounds
                                        2008: 12
                                        2007: 11
Cost: Free
Available: Download                              Pers   ✔
audacity.sourceforge.net
                                                  Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent   ✔
Wikispaces                                7        30

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 23
A free wiki hosting platform providing   2010: 17
community wiki spaces, visual page       2009: 29
editing, and discussion areas.
                                         2008: 19
A small drop down the list this year.    2007: 15
Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Online                                 Pers   ✔
www.wikispaces.com
                                                   Edu   ✔

                                                   Ent
Voicethread                                  6        31

                                            Previous rankings
A web-based digital-storytelling            2011: 25
application that allows users to share
their stories through test, audio, images   2010: 19
or videos.                                  2009: 19
                                            2008: 23
A small decrease in position on the
chart this year.                            2007: -

Cost: Free and premium versions
                                                     Pers
Available: Online
                                                      Edu   ✔
www.voicethread.com                                   Ent
Adobe Connect                                  27      32

                                             Previous rankings
                                             2011: 59
Web conferencing software (formerly
Macromedia Breeze) powering secure           2010: 61=
web meeting, elearning and webinar           2009: 41=
events.                                      2008: 66=
With a big climb up the list it is now the   2007: 72=
highest ranked web conferencing
software on the list.
                                                      Pers
Cost: Commercial
Available: Online                                      Edu
adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html                   Ent   ✔
Google Sites                             10      33

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: 43
A free service from Google to create   2010: 39=
and share web and wiki (editable)      2009: 71=
pages.
                                       2008: 59=
The highest ranked web and wiki        2007: -
software on the list.

                                                Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                Edu   ✔

www.google.com/sites                             Ent   (✔)
iPad and Apps                              10      34

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 44
Apple’s tablet and the huge range of     2010: -
apps available for it make it a very
                                         2009: -
popular “learning” device..
                                         2008: -
Cost: iPad – Commercial;
      Apps – vary                        2007: -
Available: iPad to purchase from Apple
and other stores, Apps available from             Pers   ✔
iTunes online store
                                                   Edu   ✔
www.apple.com/ipad
                                                   Ent
Google Chrome                              10      35

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 45
This free web browser is the most        2010: 44
popular browser on the list. There are   2009: 55=
now many plugins and extensions
available to extend its functionality.   2008: -
                                         2007: -
Google Chrome continues to move up
the list.
Cost: Free                                        Pers   ✔

Available: Online                                  Edu
www.google.com/chrome
                                                   Ent
Pinterest
                                                       36

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: -
 The highest new entry on the 2012 list.    2010: -
 Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It lets   2009: -
 you organize and share images you          2008: -
 find on the web.                           2007: -

 Cost: Free                                          Pers   ✔
 Available: Online
                                                      Edu   ✔
 www.pinterest.com
                                                      Ent
Articulate                                   9        37

                                            Previous rankings
 E-Learning authoring software includes     2011: 46
 Articulate Studio (Presenter, Engage
 and Quizmaker ‘09) as well as              2010: 43
 Storyline.                                 2009: 24
 Movement back up the list for Articulate   2008: 25
 is due to the popular Storyline product    2007: 22=
 launched in 2012.
 Cost: Commercial                                    Pers
 Available: Download
                                                      Edu   ✔
 www.articulate.com
                                                      Ent   ✔
Google Maps                                        38

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 38
A web-mapping service that lets you     2010: 58
embed interactive maps into your        2009: 67
website.
                                        2008: 34
Continues to be a popular tool on the   2007: 36=
list.
Cost: Free
                                                 Pers   ✔
Available: Online
www.google.com/maps                               Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent   ✔
Animoto                                     12      39

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 27
Lets you turn your photos, video clips,   2010: 28
and music into videos to share with       2009: 31=
everyone.
                                          2008: -
A decrease in position on the list from   2007: -
the previous 3 years.

Cost: Free and premium versions                    Pers   ✔

Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔

                                                    Ent
www.animoto.com
Tweetdeck                                3        40

                                        Previous rankings
A social media dashboard application
for management of Twitter and
                                        2011: 37
Facebook accounts.                      2010: 37
Purchased by Twitter in May 2011. the   2009: 43
version in November 2011 dropped        2008: -
support for LinkedIn, Google Buzz,      2007: -
Foursquare and MySpace accounts,
which may be the reason for a small
drop down the list                               Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
                                                  Edu
Available: Online/Download
                                                  Ent
www.tweetdeck.com
Hootsuite                                     32      41

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 73
A social media management dashboard         2010: 74=
that lets you manage and measure            2009: -
your social networks.
                                            2008: -
A substantial increase in its position on   2007: -
the list since the previous two years.

                                                     Pers   ✔
Cost: Free and premium version
Available: Online/Download                            Edu

www.hootsuite.com                                     Ent
SnagIt                                    5        42

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 47
A screen capture program that lets you   2010: 58
grab an image or video of what you see   2009: 55=
on your computer screen, add effects,
and share with anyone.                   2008: -
                                         2007: -
Continues its climb up the list.

Cost: Commercial                                  Pers   ✔

Available: Download                                Edu   ✔

                                                   Ent   ✔
www.techsmith.com/snagit.html
Adobe Captivate                            5        43

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 48
Authoring software for rapidly creating
                                          2010: 38
and maintaining interactive eLearning
content.                                  2009: 22=
Maintains a consistent position on the    2008: 30=
list.                                     2007: 17=

Cost: Commercial                                   Pers

Available: Download                                 Edu   ✔
adobe.com/products/captivate.html
                                                    Ent   ✔
Livebinders                                   20      44

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 64
Lets you organize your digital
information into nice presentable           2010: 61
containers - like 3-ring binders on your    2009: -
shelf.                                      2008: -
Big increase in position on this list for   2007: -
Livebinders this year.
Cost: Free
                                                     Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                      Edu   ✔
www.livebinders.com
                                                      Ent
Sharepoint                                 20      45

                                         Previous rankings
A collaboration platform to make it
                                         2011: 65
easier for people to work together.      2010: 75=
Sharepoint increases its position        2009: 50=
substantially on the list this year as   2008: -
enterprise collaboration becomes a key   2007: -
theme.
Cost: Commercial
                                                  Pers
Available: Installed
                                                   Edu   (✔)
sharepoint.com
                                                   Ent   ✔
Mindmeister                                  6        46

                                            Previous rankings
Online mind mapping software that
                                            2011: 52
allows users to visualize their thinking.   2010: 73=
Mindmeister is the most popular             2009: 55=
mindmapping software on the list.           2008: 42=
                                            2007: -
Cost: Commercial
Available: Online                                    Pers   ✔

www.mindmeister.com                                   Edu   ✔

                                                      Ent
iTunes/iTunesU                                  19      47

                                              Previous rankings
 iTunes is a digital media player that lets   2011: 66
 you organize your music, movies, TV          2010: 51
 shows, and more on your Mac or PC,
 then add it to your iPod or iPhone.
                                              2009: 41=
                                              2008: 28
 iTunesU gives educators an easy way          2007: 26=
 to design complete courses with audio,
 video, and other content and distribute
 them through the iTunesU app.                         Pers   ✔
 Cost: Free                                             Edu   ✔
 Available: Online/Download
                                                        Ent
 www.apple.com/itunes
 www.apple.com/itunesu
Delicious                                 24      48

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 24
Delicious continue to move down the     2010: 4
list from its #1 position in 2008.      2009: 2
However, it is still a popular social   2008: 1
bookmarking site following its revamp   2007: 2
after its sale by Yahoo.
Cost: Free
                                                 Pers   ✔
Available: Online
www.delicious.com                                 Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent
Outlook                                       20      49

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 69=
Email programme part of the Microsoft       2010: 95=
Office Suite                                2009: 67=
A noticeable increase in its ranking this   2008: 38=
year.                                       2007: 17=
Cost: Commercial
                                                     Pers   ✔
Available: Download
www.microsoft.com/outlook                             Edu

                                                      Ent   ✔
Blackboard Collaborate
(previously Elluminate)                      10      50

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 60
 Offers a social, interactive learning
 experience with virtual classrooms,
                                           2010: 35
 online conferencing and instant           2009: 43=
 messaging.                                2008: 50=
 An increase in its position on the list
                                           2007: 50=
 this year.
                                                    Pers
 Cost: Commercial
                                                     Edu   ✔
 Available: Online
 www.blackboard.com/platforms/collabo                Ent
 rate/overview.aspx
SurveyMonkey                                23      51

                                          Previous rankings
Allows users to design surveys, collect
                                          2011: 74
responses, and analyse the responses      2010: 48=
of their created surveys.                 2009: 88=
SurveyMonkey has risen back up the
                                          2008: 54=
list again this year..                    2007: -
Cost: Free and premium versions
                                                   Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                    Edu   ✔
www.surveymonkey.com
                                                    Ent   ✔
Google Scholar                                    52

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: -
Back on the list again!
                                       2010: 66=
                                       2009: -
Google Scholar provides a simple way
to search broadly for scholarly        2008: 42=
literature.                            2007: 36=

Cost: Free                                      Pers   ✔

Available: Online                                Edu   (✔)
www.google.com/scholar
                                                 Ent
Adobe Photoshop                                     53

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: -
Back on the list again after two years
                                         2010: -
absence!                                 2009: 35
Photoshop is a professional image        2008: 59=
editing software package.                2007: 50=

Cost: Commercial                                  Pers   ✔

Available: Download                                Edu
www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.ht
                                                   Ent   ✔
ml
Webex                                             54

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: -
Back on the list again!.
                                       2010: 85=
                                       2009: 67=
Webex is web conferencing that
combines file and presentation         2008: -
sharing with voice, HD video and new   2007: -
meeting spaces.

                                                Pers
Cost: Commercial
Available: Online                                Edu

www.webex.com                                    Ent   ✔
Google Apps                                 20      55

                                          Previous rankings
A service from Google providing           2011: 35
independently customizable versions of    2010: 34
several Google products under a
custom domain name.                       2009: 38=
                                          2008: 68=
A decrease in its position from last
three years – although this may be due    2007: -
to voting for specific Google products.
Cost: Commercial                                   Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                    Edu   ✔
www.google.com/Apps
                                                    Ent   ✔
Khan Academy                                18      56

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 74
A library of over 2,600 videos covering   2010: -
everything from arithmetic to physics,    2009: -
finance, and history and 235 practice
exercises                                 2008: -
                                          2007: -
Increases its position on the list this
year.
Cost: Free                                         Pers

Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔
www.khanacademy.org
                                                    Ent
Google Translate                                   57

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: -
Another new entrant on the 2012 list.   2010: -
This is a free online language          2009: -
translation service for instantly       2008: -
translating text and web pages.         2007: -

Cost: Free                                       Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                  Edu
www.google.com/translate
                                                  Ent
Quizlet                                       24      58

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 82
A website providing learning tools for      2010: -
students, including flashcards, study
and game modes.                             2009: -
                                            2008: -
A big increase on last year’s position on   2007: -
the list.

Cost: Free                                           Pers

Available: Online                                     Edu   ✔

www.quizlet.com                                       Ent
Scribd                                  3        59

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: 56
Read, publish, and share documents
                                       2010: 54
and written works.                     2009: 71=
Has maintained a consistent position   2008: 83=
on the list over the last few years.   2007: 50=
Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Online                               Pers   ✔

www.scribd.com                                   Edu   ✔

                                                 Ent
Flickr                                       24      60


 Well known online photo management
                                           Previous rankings
 and sharing application.                  2011: 36
                                           2010: 20
 Substantial drop in position this year
 from previous 5 years. But may be just
                                           2009: 18
 due to the fact that the service is now   2008: 15
 taken for granted.                        2007: 16
 Cost: Free
                                                    Pers   ✔
 Available: Online
                                                     Edu   ✔
 www.flickr.com
                                                     Ent
Flipboard
                                                    61

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: -
New entrant to the list this year.       2010: -
                                         2009: -
A social magazine, available for iPad,
iPhone and Android.                      2008: -
                                         2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Download                               Pers   ✔

www.flipboard.com                                  Edu

                                                   Ent
Bing
                                                     62

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: -
Microsoft’s search engine makes it onto   2010: -
the list for the first time this year.    2009: -
                                          2008: -
Cost: Free                                2007: -
Available: Online
www.bing.com                                       Pers   ✔

                                                    Edu

                                                    Ent
Ning                                        6        63

                                           Previous rankings
Ning is the world's largest platform for   2011: 57
creating social websites.                  2010: 31
                                           2009: 11=
Continues to drop down the list since it
no longer supports the creation of free    2008: 16
communities.                               2007: 31=
Cost: Commercial
                                                    Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                     Edu   ✔
www.ning.com
                                                     Ent   ✔
Screenr                                   13      64

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 51
A web-based tool that lets you create   2010: 58
screencasts and publish them in high-   2009: 55=
definition Flash format.
                                        2008: -
Moves down the list this year.          2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                Pers   ✔
www.screenr.com
                                                  Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent   ✔
Firefox (and add-ons)                                 65

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: -
Back on the list again this year after a
                                           2010: 29
year’s absence, and despite having         2009: 9=
been the #1 tool in 2007.                  2008: 2
Firefox is an open source web-browser      2007: 1
from Mozilla.

                                                    Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
                                                     Edu
Available: Download
                                                     Ent
mozilla.org/firefox
Instapaper
                                                    66

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: -
New entrant to the list this year.
                                         2010: -
Instapaper is a service that allows      2009: -
users to save webpages and web           2008: -
articles to read later on your iPhone,
iPad or Kindle.                          2007: -

Cost: Free                                        Pers   ✔
Available: Download                                Edu
www.instapaper.com
                                                   Ent
Udutu                                    2        67

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 69
Create courses quickly and easily       2010: 95
either on your own or collaboratively   2009: 64=
with others. Easily import existing
content.                                2008: -
                                        2007: -
Cost: Free to create; hosting charge
                                                 Pers
Available: Online
www.udutu.com                                     Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent   ✔
MovieMaker
                                                  68

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: -
Back on the list this year after an    2010: -
absence of a couple of years.          2009: 83=
Microsoft’s MovieMaker lets you turn   2008: 83=
your videos and photos into movies.    2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Download                             Pers   ✔
windows.microsoft.com/en-
US/windows-live/movie-maker-get-                 Edu   ✔
started
                                                 Ent
Mindjet                                               69
(previously MindManager)

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: -
 Back on the list after 5 years!           2010: -
                                           2009: -
 A complete solution for visual
 information mapping, collaboration, and   2008: -
 task management that can be used on       2007: 17=
 Windows and Mac desktops, via the
 web and on mobile devices.
                                                    Pers   ✔
 Cost: Commercial
 Available: Online/Download                          Edu

 www.mindjet.com                                     Ent
Kindle                                      12      70

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 82
The ebook reader developed by             2010: -
Amazon.                                   2009: -
The Kindle has improved its position on   2008: -
the list since last year.                 2007: -
Cost: Commercial
Available: Purchase Kindle from local              Pers   ✔
Amazon online store, e.g.
www.amazon.com/kindle                               Edu

www.amazon.co.uk/kindle                             Ent
OneNote                                       29      71

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 100
Note-taking software for capturing all of   2010: 85=
your ideas and to-dos on the go,            2009: -
brought to you by Microsoft Office.
                                            2008: 66=
A significant increase in the ranking       2007: -
possibly due to its availability also as
an iPhone and iPad app.
Cost: Commercial                                     Pers   ✔

Available: Download                                   Edu
www.microsoft.com/onenote
                                                      Ent
Wallwisher                                18      72

                                        Previous rankings
                                        2011: 54
An online noticeboard.                  2010: 26
Continues to drop down the list again   2009: -
this year                               2008: -
                                        2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                Pers

www.wallwisher.com                                Edu   ✔

                                                  Ent
Zite
                                                    73

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: -
 New entrant to the list this year.      2010: -
                                         2009: -
 A social magazine that goes beyond
 manual customization to provide an      2008: -
 individually personalized experience.   2007: -

 Cost: Free                                       Pers   ✔
 Available: Online/Download
                                                   Edu
 www.zite.com
                                                   Ent
iPhone and apps                              19      74

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 55
Apple’s smartphone and the huge
                                           2010: 39
range of apps available for it make it a   2009: 31=
popular “learning” device despite its      2008: 50=
drop down the list this year.
                                           2007: 43=
Cost: iPhone – Commercial;
      Apps – vary
                                                    Pers   ✔
Available: iPhone to purchase from
Apple and other stores, Apps available               Edu   ✔
from iTunes online store
                                                     Ent   ✔
www.apple.com/iphone
Poll Everywhere                            7        75

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 82
Gather live responses in any venue:       2010: -
conferences, presentations,               2009: -
classrooms, print, etc,- using SMS,
web, or Twitter.                          2008: -
                                          2007: -
An increase in its position on the list
this year.
                                                   Pers   ✔

Cost: Free and paid plans                           Edu   ✔
Available: Online
                                                    Ent   ✔
www.polleverywhere.com
Pocket                                        14      76
(previously Read It Later)

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 90=
 Put articles, videos or pretty much        2010: -
 anything into Pocket. Save directly from   2009: -
 your browser or from apps like Twitter,
 Flipboard, Pulse and Zite.                 2008: -
                                            2007: -
 A new name, and an increased position
 on the list this year.
                                                     Pers   ✔
 Cost: Free
                                                      Edu
 Available: Online
                                                      Ent
 getpocket.com
Edublogs                                   3        77

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 74=
An educational blogging service for       2010: 48=
safe, secure class-sites and e-           2009: 49
portoflios.
                                          2008: 59=
A further drop down the list this year.   2007: 72=

Cost: Free                                         Pers   ✔
Available: Online
                                                    Edu   ✔
edublogs.org
                                                    Ent
Vimeo                                   29      78

                                      Previous rankings
                                      2011: 49
A video-sharing website where users   2010: 70
can upload, view and share videos.    2009: -
Falls back down the list this year.   2008: -
                                      2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Online                              Pers   ✔

www.vimeo.com                                   Edu   ✔

                                                Ent
Wordle                                      40      79

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 39
Wordle lets you generate word clouds
from text that you provide. You can       2010: 22
tweak your clouds with different fonts,   2009: 30
layouts, and colour schemes.              2008: -
Big drop down the list this year.         2007: -

Cost: Free                                         Pers   ✔
Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔
www.wordle.net
                                                    Ent
Symbaloo (and EDU)                           39      80

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: 41
A unique visual bookmarking tool that      2010: -
helps you keep your favourite links on a   2009: -
dashbaord.
                                           2008: -
A significant move down the list this      2007: -
year.
Cost: Free
                                                    Pers   ✔
Available: Download
www.symbaloo.com                                     Edu   ✔

www.symbaloo.com/edu                                 Ent
Excel                                                   81

                                             Previous rankings
                                             2011: 81
A spreadsheet programme and part of          2010: -
the Microsoft Office suite.                  2009: -
Excel maintains its place on the list this   2008: 50=
year.                                        2007: 27
Cost: Commercial
                                                      Pers   ✔
Available: Download
www.microsoft.com/excel                                Edu   ✔

                                                       Ent   ✔
Paper.li                                      8        82

                                             Previous rankings
                                             2011: 90=
 This is is a content curation service. It   2010: -
 enables people to publish a daily online
 newspapers based on topics they like.       2009: -
 An increase in its ranking since last
                                             2008: -
 year when it was a new entrant.             2007: -
 Cost: Free
 Available: Online                                    Pers   ✔

 paper.li                                              Edu

                                                       Ent
Lino                                        15      83

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 68
                                          2010: -
An online web sticky note service that
can be used to post memos, to-do lists,
                                          2009: -
ideas, and photos anywhere on an          2008: -
online web canvas.                        2007: -
Drops down the list this year.
Cost: Free                                         Pers   ✔
Available: Online                                   Edu   ✔
en.linoit.com/
                                                    Ent
Voki
                                         44      84

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: 40
Create speaking avatars and use them   2010: 75=
as a learning tool.                    2009: -
Drops back down the list this year     2008: -
                                       2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Download app
                                                Pers
www.voki.com
                                                 Edu   ✔

                                                 Ent
Buddypress                                5        85

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: 90
Open source social networking
program. It is a plugin that can be
                                         2010: -
installed on WordPress to transform it   2009: -
into social networking site.             2008: -
Small increase on the list this year.
                                         2007: -

Cost: Free                                        Pers
Available: Download
                                                   Edu   ✔
www.buddypress.org
                                                   Ent   ✔
eFront                             28      86

                                 Previous rankings
                                 2011: 58
An eLearning platform (aka       2010: -
Course/Learning Management       2009: -
System) for both education and
enterprises.                     2008: -
                                 2007: -
Drops down the list this year.

                                          Pers
Cost: Commercial
Available: Hosted/Installed                Edu   ✔

www.efrontlearning.net                     Ent   ✔
Open Office                                   26      87

                                            Previous rankings
                                            2011: 61
Open source office suite to create          2010: 61
documents, spreadsheets and                 2009: 71=
presentations. It is compatible with
Microsoft Office.                           2008: 41=
Big decrease in position on the list this
                                            2007: 31=
year.
Cost: Free                                           Pers   ✔

Available: Download                                   Edu   ✔
www.openoffice.org
                                                      Ent
PBWorks                                        54      88

                                             Previous rankings
Capture knowledge, share files, and          2011: 34
manage projects within a secure,             2010: 33
reliable environment.
                                             2009: 34
A significant drop down the list this year
after maintaining a good position for the
                                             2008: 35=
last 5 years.                                2007: 43=

Cost: Free and paid plans                             Pers

Available: Online                                      Edu
www.pbworks.com                                        Ent   ✔
Learnist
                                                     89

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: -
 New entrant to the list this year.
                                          2010: -
 Learnist makes it easy to share what     2009: -
 you know by curating the web. You can    2008: -
 use videos, blogs, books, docs, images
 or anything on the web to explain        2007: -
 anything.
                                                   Pers   ✔
 Cost: Free
                                                    Edu   ✔
 Available: Online
 www.learni.st                                      Ent
MentorMob
                                                      90

                                           Previous rankings
                                           2011: -
New entrant to the list this year.         2010: -
                                           2009: -
Lets you organize any video, article, or
website into a Learning Playlist.          2008: -
                                           2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                   Pers   ✔

www.mentormob.com                                    Edu   ✔

                                                     Ent
Mahara                                      24      91

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: 67
Mahara is two things: an ePortfolio and   2010: -
a social networking system combined.      2009: -
Open source software.
                                          2008: -
Moves down the list this year.            2007: -

Cost: Free                                         Pers
Available: Download
                                                    Edu   ✔
www.mahara.org
                                                    Ent
Doodle
                                                     92

                                          Previous rankings
                                          2011: -
New entrant to the list this year.
                                          2010: -
Use Doodle for easy event scheduling.     2009: -
You can propose several dates and         2008: -
times and the participants can indicate
their availability online.                2007: -

Cost: Free and premium version                     Pers   ✔
Available: Online                                   Edu
www.doodle.com
                                                    Ent   ✔
Keynote                                           93

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: -
Back on the list again.
                                       2010: 90=
Presentation software from Apple for   2009: 48
Mac computers.                         2008: 65
                                       2007: 72=
Cost: Commercial
Available: Download
                                                Pers   ✔
www.apple.com/keynote
                                                 Edu

                                                 Ent
Android phones                          6        94
& tablets
                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: 90
                                       2010: 85
Android is a mobile operating system   2009: -
developed and distributed by Google    2008: -
for touch screen smartphones and
tablets.                               2007: -
Small drop down the list this year.
                                                Pers   ✔
Cost: Commercial devices; apps vary
Available: Purchase devices.                     Edu
Apps available from:
                                                 Ent
www.google.com/play
Blackboard                                 6        95

                                          Previous rankings
Blackboard is a suite of academic tools   2011: 89
based around a course management
system.
                                          2010: 68
                                          2009: -
Small decrease in position on the list
this year.                                2008: -
Cost: Commercial
                                          2007: -
Available: Installed
                                                   Pers
www.blackboard.com
                                                    Edu   ✔

                                                    Ent
Tumblr                                            96

                                       Previous rankings
                                       2011: -
Back on the list again.
                                       2010: -
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share     2009: -
anything. Post text, photos, quotes,   2008: 83=
links, music, and videos from your
browser, phone, desktop, email or      2007: -
wherever you happen to be.
                                                Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
Available: Online                                Edu
www.tumblr.com                                   Ent
Quora
                                                    97

                                         Previous rankings
                                         2011: -
New entrant to the list this year.
                                         2010: -
Quora connects you to everything you     2009: -
want to know about. Quora aims to be     2008: -
the easiest place to write new content
and share content from the web.          2007: -
Cost: Free
                                                  Pers   ✔
Available: Online
www.quora.com                                      Edu

                                                   Ent
Skydrive
                                                   98

                                        Previous rankings
New entrant to the list this year.      2011: -
                                        2010: -
Store any file on your SkyDrive (from   2009: -
Microsoft) and it's automatically
available from your phone and           2008: -
computers —no syncing or cables         2007: -
needed.

                                                 Pers   ✔
Cost: Free
Available: Download                               Edu

windows.microsoft.com/skydrive                    Ent
Popplet
                                                    99

                                         Previous rankings
New entrant to the list this year.       2011: -
Popplet is a place for your ideas.
                                         2010: -
Collect inspiration, record thoughts,    2009: -
explore ideas, create galleries. Share   2008: -
popplets and collaborate in real time.
                                         2007: -
Cost: Free
                                                  Pers   ✔
Available: Online
www.popplet.com                                    Edu   ✔

                                                   Ent
iMovie                                      6        100



                                           Previous rankings
iMovie makes viewing and working           2011: 74=
with video as intuitive as enjoying your
photos. A built-in library automatically
                                           2010: 95=
organizes your video, so all the clips     2009: 88=
you’ve captured and movies you’ve          2008: 66=
created are just a click away.
                                           2007: -
Cost: Free
Available: Installed on Macs                        Pers    ✔

www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/                          Edu    ✔

                                                     Ent
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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012

  • 1. Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 6th Annual Survey Compiled by Jane Hart from the votes of 500+ learning professionals worldwide Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT) www.C4LPT.co.uk
  • 2. What is a learning tool? Any tool that you could use to create or deliver learning content/solutions for others, or a tool you use for your own personal learning. The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 has been compiled from the votes of 582 learning professionals worldwide (55% working in education and 45% in non-educational organizations). Each tool is listed on a separate slide which provides:  A brief description including cost, availability, link and summary of change from last year  A list of rankings in previous surveys  A quick view of where/how it is mainly being used, i.e. for Pers (personal/professional use), Edu (educational use), Ent (internal enterprise use). NOTE: absence of a tick in a box does not mean the tool is not, cannot nor should not be used in that way, rather that from an analysis of the contributions to the list that is where it is currently commonly being used.
  • 3. Top 100 Tools Website Visit the site for more information about the tools www.C4LPT.co.uk/top100tools A Practical Guide to the Top 100 Tools How to use the top 100 tools for personal A Practical Guide learning, in education and training, to the as well as for workforce collaboration. Top 100 Tools for Learning www.C4LPT.co.uk/top100tools/subscribe Contact Jane Hart, for advice and support on tools for learning, collaboration and performance Jane.Hart@c4lpt.co.uk on Twitter as @C4LPT
  • 4. Twitter 1 Previous rankings An online social networking and micro- blogging service that enables its users 2011: 1 to send and receive text-based 2010: 1 messages (tweets) of up to 140 2009: 1 characters. 2008: 11 Twitter retains its #1 position for the 4th year running. 2007: 43 Pers ✔ Cost: Free Available: Online Edu ✔ www.twitter.com Ent
  • 5. YouTube 2 Previous rankings 2011: 2 A video-sharing site where users can 2010: 2 upload, view and share videos. 2009: 3 Retains its #2 position for the 3rd year 2008: 18 running. 2007: 22 Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.youtube.com Ent
  • 6. Google Docs/Drive 3 Previous rankings 2011: 3 Google Docs is a free web-based word 2010: 3 processing, spreadsheet, presentation, 2009: 5 form and data storage service from Google. Now referred to as Google 2008: 7 Drive. 2007: 14 Retains its #3 position for the 3rd year running. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu ✔ Available: Online Ent (✔) docs.google.com
  • 7. Google Search  11 4 Previous rankings Google Search is a web search engine. 2011: 15 It is often described as the only 2010: 11 e-learning tool you’ll ever need. 2009: 8 Back again in the Top 5. 2008: 6 2007: 3 Cost: Free Available: Online Pers ✔ www.google.com Edu Ent
  • 8. Wordpress 5 Previous rankings Wordpress.com is free, web-based 2011: 5 blogging software. Wordpress.org is free open source software that can be 2010: 8 downloaded and used to build a 2009: 6 website or blog. 2008: 5 Wordpress has been the most popular 2007: 6= blogging tool since the survey began. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu ✔ Available: Online/Download Ent ✔ www.wordpress.com www.wordpress.org
  • 9. Dropbox 6 Previous rankings 2011: 6 A free file hosting service that offers 2010: 13 cloud storage, file synchronization, and 2009: 71= client software. 2008: - Dropbox maintains its strong ranking in 2007: - the top 10 for the 2nd year running. Pers ✔ Cost: Free and premium versions Edu ✔ Available: Online/Download Ent ✔ www.dropbox.com
  • 10. Skype 3 7 Previous rankings 2011: 4 An application that allows users to 2010: 6 make text and voice calls over the 2009: 11= Internet. 2008: 4 Skype continues to hold a strong 2007: 3 position in the top 10, with only one year outside it. Pers ✔ Cost: Free plus premium service Edu ✔ Available: Download client Ent (✔) www.skype.net
  • 11. PowerPoint  11 8 Previous rankings 2011: 19 A presentation programme and part of 2010: 21 the Microsoft Office suite. 2009: 13 PowerPoint is back again in the top 10 2008: 8 of the list. 2007: 5 Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu ✔ www.microsoft.com/powerpoint Ent ✔
  • 12. Facebook 5 9 Previous rankings 2011: 14 The largest public social networking 2010: 9 site that lets you to make connections, 2009: 31= share interests, and join groups. 2008: 24 Back again in the Top 10 list. 2007: 17= Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.facebook.com Ent
  • 13. Wikipedia 1 10 Previous rankings 2011: 11 A free online encyclopaedia that you 2010: 16 can edit and contribute to. 2009: 17 Appears in the top 10 for the first time 2008: 13 in 6 years. 2007: 26= Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu (✔) www.wikipedia.org Ent
  • 14. Moodle 3 11 Previous rankings 2011: 8 A free open source course/learning 2010: 10 management system. Easy to install 2009: 14= and configure. 2008: 9 Drops out of the top 10 this year. 2007: 12= Cost: Free Pers Available: Download www.moodle.org Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 15. Evernote 5 12 Previous rankings A family of products that helps you 2011: 17 remember and act upon ideas, projects 2010: 23 and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you 2009: 27 use. 2008: - 2007: - Continues its rise in the list since its first appearance in 2009. Pers ✔ Cost: Free and premium service Edu Available: Download client Ent www.evernote.com
  • 16. Slideshare 4 13 Previous rankings 2011: 9 A free online slide hosting service where users can upload, view and 2010: 5 share slidesets. 2009: 7 Loses its position in the Top 10 after 3 2008: 20 years. 2007: 31 Cost: Free and premium service Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.slideshare.net Ent
  • 17. Prezi 7 14 Previous rankings 2011: 7 Web-based presentation software and storytelling tool for exploring and 2010: 12 sharing ideas on a virtual canvas. 2009: 28 2008: - After a brief spell in the top 10 tools, Prezi falls back slightly this year. 2007: - Cost: Free and premium versions Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.prezi.com Ent
  • 18. Blogger/Blogspot 3 15 Previous rankings 2011: 12 An online service, owned by Google, 2010: 14 that allows users to create personal or 2009: 14= multi-user blogs. 2008: 10 Continues to maintain a steady position 2007: 9 in the list. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ Ent www.blogger.com
  • 19. Google Reader 16 Previous rankings 2011: 16 A web-based aggregator that reads 2010: 7 RSS feeds online or offline. 2009: 4 Continues to maintain its position as 2008: 3 the most popular RSS reader on the 2007: 7= list. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Available: Online Edu google.com/reader Ent
  • 20. Google+/Hangouts 9 17 Previous rankings 2011: 26 Last year’s highest ranked newcomer, Google’s social network continues its 2010: - climb up the chart this year. The video 2009: - Google Hangouts are proving 2008: - especially popular for hosting video events. 2007: - Pers ✔ Cost: Free Available: Online Edu ✔ www.google.com/plus Ent
  • 21. Diigo 5 18 Previous rankings 2011: 13 A social bookmarking, research, and 2010: 15 knowledge sharing tool that lets you take personal notes and highlight text 2009: 22= information on web pages. 2008: 35= 2007: 72= The highest ranked social bookmarking tool on the list. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu ✔ Available: Online Ent www.diiigo.com
  • 22. Word  23 19 Previous rankings 2011: 42 A word processing programme and part 2010: 60 of the Microsoft Office suite. 2009: 36= Word has jumped back up the list 2008: 22 again; creating quick and simple 2007: 10 documents is sometimes all that is needed. Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu ✔ www.microsoft.com/word Ent ✔
  • 23. Yammer  11 20 Previous rankings 2011: 31 This private enterprise social 2010: 68 networking platform continues to rise 2009: 71= up the list. Acquired by Microsoft in 2012. 2008: - 2007: - This year moves into the Top 20. Cost: Free and premium versions Pers (✔) Available: Online www.yammer.com Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 24. EduGlogster  11 21 Previous rankings Supports the creation and sharing of 2011: 10 Glogs - interactive posters loaded with 2010: 25 text, graphics, music, videos, etc. 2009: 55= Glogster EDU is a secure learning platform for teachers and students. 2008: - 2007: - Despite losing its place in the top 10, Glogster is still a popular educational Pers Cost: Free Available: Online Edu ✔ www.glogster.com/edu Ent
  • 25. Edmodo 22 Previous rankings 2011: 22 A free and secure social learning 2010: 46 network for teachers, students and 2009: 88 schools. 2008: - Appears to be stabilizing its position on 2007: - the list. Cost: Free Pers Available: Online www.edmodo.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 26. LinkedIn 2 23 Previous rankings 2011: 21 LinkedIn is the most popular business- 2010: 30 oriented professional networking site. 2009: 38= It continues to maintain a steady 2008: 30 position on the list. 2007: 31 Cost: Free and premium versions Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu www.linkedIn.com Ent ✔
  • 27. Scoop.it 9 24 Previous rankings A social media publishing platform 2011: 33 where users curate content on their 2010: - favourite topics and share it as a visual 2009: - magazine. 2008: - This popular content curation service 2007: - continues its climb up the list. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: online Edu ✔ Ent www.scoop.it .
  • 28. TED Talks/Ed 5 25 Previous rankings 2011: 30 TED is a non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading - annual conferences, 2010: - the annual TED Prize and local TEDx 2009: - events. TED ED are” lessons worth 2008: - sharing”. 2007: - Another newcomer from 2011 that continues to rise up the chart. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu ✔ Available: Online Ent www.ted.com ed.ted.com
  • 29. Jing 8 26 Previous rankings 2011: 18 A screencasting program that lets you capture anything you see on your 2010: 17 computer screen, as an image or short 2009: 20 video, and share it instantly. 2008: 26= A small drop back on the list this year 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu ✔ www.techsmith.com/jing.html Ent ✔
  • 30. Gmail 7 27 Previous rankings 2011: 20 Gmail is a free, webmail service provided by Google. 2010: 31 2009: 21 The most popular email service/client 2008: 14 on the list. 2007: 7= Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu (✔) www.gmail.com Ent (✔)
  • 31. Camtasia 28 Previous rankings Tool to record on-screen activity, edit 2011: 28 and enhance your content, and share 2010: 27 in high-quality to viewers anywhere. 2009: 26 Continues to maintain a consistent 2008: 26= position on the list 2007: 50= Cost: Commercial Pers Available: Download Edu ✔ www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html Ent ✔
  • 32. Audacity 29 Previous rankings 2011: 29 Open source audio recording and 2010: 24 editing program that lets you mix 2009: 9= sounds, record sounds and edit sounds 2008: 12 2007: 11 Cost: Free Available: Download Pers ✔ audacity.sourceforge.net Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 33. Wikispaces 7 30 Previous rankings 2011: 23 A free wiki hosting platform providing 2010: 17 community wiki spaces, visual page 2009: 29 editing, and discussion areas. 2008: 19 A small drop down the list this year. 2007: 15 Cost: Free and premium versions Available: Online Pers ✔ www.wikispaces.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 34. Voicethread 6 31 Previous rankings A web-based digital-storytelling 2011: 25 application that allows users to share their stories through test, audio, images 2010: 19 or videos. 2009: 19 2008: 23 A small decrease in position on the chart this year. 2007: - Cost: Free and premium versions Pers Available: Online Edu ✔ www.voicethread.com Ent
  • 35. Adobe Connect  27 32 Previous rankings 2011: 59 Web conferencing software (formerly Macromedia Breeze) powering secure 2010: 61= web meeting, elearning and webinar 2009: 41= events. 2008: 66= With a big climb up the list it is now the 2007: 72= highest ranked web conferencing software on the list. Pers Cost: Commercial Available: Online Edu adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html Ent ✔
  • 36. Google Sites  10 33 Previous rankings 2011: 43 A free service from Google to create 2010: 39= and share web and wiki (editable) 2009: 71= pages. 2008: 59= The highest ranked web and wiki 2007: - software on the list. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Available: Online Edu ✔ www.google.com/sites Ent (✔)
  • 37. iPad and Apps  10 34 Previous rankings 2011: 44 Apple’s tablet and the huge range of 2010: - apps available for it make it a very 2009: - popular “learning” device.. 2008: - Cost: iPad – Commercial; Apps – vary 2007: - Available: iPad to purchase from Apple and other stores, Apps available from Pers ✔ iTunes online store Edu ✔ www.apple.com/ipad Ent
  • 38. Google Chrome  10 35 Previous rankings 2011: 45 This free web browser is the most 2010: 44 popular browser on the list. There are 2009: 55= now many plugins and extensions available to extend its functionality. 2008: - 2007: - Google Chrome continues to move up the list. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu www.google.com/chrome Ent
  • 39. Pinterest 36 Previous rankings 2011: - The highest new entry on the 2012 list. 2010: - Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It lets 2009: - you organize and share images you 2008: - find on the web. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.pinterest.com Ent
  • 40. Articulate 9 37 Previous rankings E-Learning authoring software includes 2011: 46 Articulate Studio (Presenter, Engage and Quizmaker ‘09) as well as 2010: 43 Storyline. 2009: 24 Movement back up the list for Articulate 2008: 25 is due to the popular Storyline product 2007: 22= launched in 2012. Cost: Commercial Pers Available: Download Edu ✔ www.articulate.com Ent ✔
  • 41. Google Maps 38 Previous rankings 2011: 38 A web-mapping service that lets you 2010: 58 embed interactive maps into your 2009: 67 website. 2008: 34 Continues to be a popular tool on the 2007: 36= list. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online www.google.com/maps Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 42. Animoto  12 39 Previous rankings 2011: 27 Lets you turn your photos, video clips, 2010: 28 and music into videos to share with 2009: 31= everyone. 2008: - A decrease in position on the list from 2007: - the previous 3 years. Cost: Free and premium versions Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ Ent www.animoto.com
  • 43. Tweetdeck 3 40 Previous rankings A social media dashboard application for management of Twitter and 2011: 37 Facebook accounts. 2010: 37 Purchased by Twitter in May 2011. the 2009: 43 version in November 2011 dropped 2008: - support for LinkedIn, Google Buzz, 2007: - Foursquare and MySpace accounts, which may be the reason for a small drop down the list Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu Available: Online/Download Ent www.tweetdeck.com
  • 44. Hootsuite  32 41 Previous rankings 2011: 73 A social media management dashboard 2010: 74= that lets you manage and measure 2009: - your social networks. 2008: - A substantial increase in its position on 2007: - the list since the previous two years. Pers ✔ Cost: Free and premium version Available: Online/Download Edu www.hootsuite.com Ent
  • 45. SnagIt 5 42 Previous rankings 2011: 47 A screen capture program that lets you 2010: 58 grab an image or video of what you see 2009: 55= on your computer screen, add effects, and share with anyone. 2008: - 2007: - Continues its climb up the list. Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu ✔ Ent ✔ www.techsmith.com/snagit.html
  • 46. Adobe Captivate 5 43 Previous rankings 2011: 48 Authoring software for rapidly creating 2010: 38 and maintaining interactive eLearning content. 2009: 22= Maintains a consistent position on the 2008: 30= list. 2007: 17= Cost: Commercial Pers Available: Download Edu ✔ adobe.com/products/captivate.html Ent ✔
  • 47. Livebinders  20 44 Previous rankings 2011: 64 Lets you organize your digital information into nice presentable 2010: 61 containers - like 3-ring binders on your 2009: - shelf. 2008: - Big increase in position on this list for 2007: - Livebinders this year. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.livebinders.com Ent
  • 48. Sharepoint  20 45 Previous rankings A collaboration platform to make it 2011: 65 easier for people to work together. 2010: 75= Sharepoint increases its position 2009: 50= substantially on the list this year as 2008: - enterprise collaboration becomes a key 2007: - theme. Cost: Commercial Pers Available: Installed Edu (✔) sharepoint.com Ent ✔
  • 49. Mindmeister 6 46 Previous rankings Online mind mapping software that 2011: 52 allows users to visualize their thinking. 2010: 73= Mindmeister is the most popular 2009: 55= mindmapping software on the list. 2008: 42= 2007: - Cost: Commercial Available: Online Pers ✔ www.mindmeister.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 50. iTunes/iTunesU  19 47 Previous rankings iTunes is a digital media player that lets 2011: 66 you organize your music, movies, TV 2010: 51 shows, and more on your Mac or PC, then add it to your iPod or iPhone. 2009: 41= 2008: 28 iTunesU gives educators an easy way 2007: 26= to design complete courses with audio, video, and other content and distribute them through the iTunesU app. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu ✔ Available: Online/Download Ent www.apple.com/itunes www.apple.com/itunesu
  • 51. Delicious  24 48 Previous rankings 2011: 24 Delicious continue to move down the 2010: 4 list from its #1 position in 2008. 2009: 2 However, it is still a popular social 2008: 1 bookmarking site following its revamp 2007: 2 after its sale by Yahoo. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online www.delicious.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 52. Outlook  20 49 Previous rankings 2011: 69= Email programme part of the Microsoft 2010: 95= Office Suite 2009: 67= A noticeable increase in its ranking this 2008: 38= year. 2007: 17= Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download www.microsoft.com/outlook Edu Ent ✔
  • 53. Blackboard Collaborate (previously Elluminate)  10 50 Previous rankings 2011: 60 Offers a social, interactive learning experience with virtual classrooms, 2010: 35 online conferencing and instant 2009: 43= messaging. 2008: 50= An increase in its position on the list 2007: 50= this year. Pers Cost: Commercial Edu ✔ Available: Online www.blackboard.com/platforms/collabo Ent rate/overview.aspx
  • 54. SurveyMonkey  23 51 Previous rankings Allows users to design surveys, collect 2011: 74 responses, and analyse the responses 2010: 48= of their created surveys. 2009: 88= SurveyMonkey has risen back up the 2008: 54= list again this year.. 2007: - Cost: Free and premium versions Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.surveymonkey.com Ent ✔
  • 55. Google Scholar 52 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list again! 2010: 66= 2009: - Google Scholar provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly 2008: 42= literature. 2007: 36= Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu (✔) www.google.com/scholar Ent
  • 56. Adobe Photoshop 53 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list again after two years 2010: - absence! 2009: 35 Photoshop is a professional image 2008: 59= editing software package. 2007: 50= Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.ht Ent ✔ ml
  • 57. Webex 54 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list again!. 2010: 85= 2009: 67= Webex is web conferencing that combines file and presentation 2008: - sharing with voice, HD video and new 2007: - meeting spaces. Pers Cost: Commercial Available: Online Edu www.webex.com Ent ✔
  • 58. Google Apps  20 55 Previous rankings A service from Google providing 2011: 35 independently customizable versions of 2010: 34 several Google products under a custom domain name. 2009: 38= 2008: 68= A decrease in its position from last three years – although this may be due 2007: - to voting for specific Google products. Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.google.com/Apps Ent ✔
  • 59. Khan Academy  18 56 Previous rankings 2011: 74 A library of over 2,600 videos covering 2010: - everything from arithmetic to physics, 2009: - finance, and history and 235 practice exercises 2008: - 2007: - Increases its position on the list this year. Cost: Free Pers Available: Online Edu ✔ www.khanacademy.org Ent
  • 60. Google Translate 57 Previous rankings 2011: - Another new entrant on the 2012 list. 2010: - This is a free online language 2009: - translation service for instantly 2008: - translating text and web pages. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu www.google.com/translate Ent
  • 61. Quizlet  24 58 Previous rankings 2011: 82 A website providing learning tools for 2010: - students, including flashcards, study and game modes. 2009: - 2008: - A big increase on last year’s position on 2007: - the list. Cost: Free Pers Available: Online Edu ✔ www.quizlet.com Ent
  • 62. Scribd 3 59 Previous rankings 2011: 56 Read, publish, and share documents 2010: 54 and written works. 2009: 71= Has maintained a consistent position 2008: 83= on the list over the last few years. 2007: 50= Cost: Free and premium versions Available: Online Pers ✔ www.scribd.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 63. Flickr  24 60 Well known online photo management Previous rankings and sharing application. 2011: 36 2010: 20 Substantial drop in position this year from previous 5 years. But may be just 2009: 18 due to the fact that the service is now 2008: 15 taken for granted. 2007: 16 Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.flickr.com Ent
  • 64. Flipboard 61 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - 2009: - A social magazine, available for iPad, iPhone and Android. 2008: - 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Download Pers ✔ www.flipboard.com Edu Ent
  • 65. Bing 62 Previous rankings 2011: - Microsoft’s search engine makes it onto 2010: - the list for the first time this year. 2009: - 2008: - Cost: Free 2007: - Available: Online www.bing.com Pers ✔ Edu Ent
  • 66. Ning 6 63 Previous rankings Ning is the world's largest platform for 2011: 57 creating social websites. 2010: 31 2009: 11= Continues to drop down the list since it no longer supports the creation of free 2008: 16 communities. 2007: 31= Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.ning.com Ent ✔
  • 67. Screenr  13 64 Previous rankings 2011: 51 A web-based tool that lets you create 2010: 58 screencasts and publish them in high- 2009: 55= definition Flash format. 2008: - Moves down the list this year. 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Online Pers ✔ www.screenr.com Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 68. Firefox (and add-ons) 65 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list again this year after a 2010: 29 year’s absence, and despite having 2009: 9= been the #1 tool in 2007. 2008: 2 Firefox is an open source web-browser 2007: 1 from Mozilla. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu Available: Download Ent mozilla.org/firefox
  • 69. Instapaper 66 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - Instapaper is a service that allows 2009: - users to save webpages and web 2008: - articles to read later on your iPhone, iPad or Kindle. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu www.instapaper.com Ent
  • 70. Udutu 2 67 Previous rankings 2011: 69 Create courses quickly and easily 2010: 95 either on your own or collaboratively 2009: 64= with others. Easily import existing content. 2008: - 2007: - Cost: Free to create; hosting charge Pers Available: Online www.udutu.com Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 71. MovieMaker 68 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list this year after an 2010: - absence of a couple of years. 2009: 83= Microsoft’s MovieMaker lets you turn 2008: 83= your videos and photos into movies. 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Download Pers ✔ windows.microsoft.com/en- US/windows-live/movie-maker-get- Edu ✔ started Ent
  • 72. Mindjet 69 (previously MindManager) Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list after 5 years! 2010: - 2009: - A complete solution for visual information mapping, collaboration, and 2008: - task management that can be used on 2007: 17= Windows and Mac desktops, via the web and on mobile devices. Pers ✔ Cost: Commercial Available: Online/Download Edu www.mindjet.com Ent
  • 73. Kindle  12 70 Previous rankings 2011: 82 The ebook reader developed by 2010: - Amazon. 2009: - The Kindle has improved its position on 2008: - the list since last year. 2007: - Cost: Commercial Available: Purchase Kindle from local Pers ✔ Amazon online store, e.g. www.amazon.com/kindle Edu www.amazon.co.uk/kindle Ent
  • 74. OneNote  29 71 Previous rankings 2011: 100 Note-taking software for capturing all of 2010: 85= your ideas and to-dos on the go, 2009: - brought to you by Microsoft Office. 2008: 66= A significant increase in the ranking 2007: - possibly due to its availability also as an iPhone and iPad app. Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu www.microsoft.com/onenote Ent
  • 75. Wallwisher  18 72 Previous rankings 2011: 54 An online noticeboard. 2010: 26 Continues to drop down the list again 2009: - this year 2008: - 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Online Pers www.wallwisher.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 76. Zite 73 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - 2009: - A social magazine that goes beyond manual customization to provide an 2008: - individually personalized experience. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online/Download Edu www.zite.com Ent
  • 77. iPhone and apps  19 74 Previous rankings 2011: 55 Apple’s smartphone and the huge 2010: 39 range of apps available for it make it a 2009: 31= popular “learning” device despite its 2008: 50= drop down the list this year. 2007: 43= Cost: iPhone – Commercial; Apps – vary Pers ✔ Available: iPhone to purchase from Apple and other stores, Apps available Edu ✔ from iTunes online store Ent ✔ www.apple.com/iphone
  • 78. Poll Everywhere 7 75 Previous rankings 2011: 82 Gather live responses in any venue: 2010: - conferences, presentations, 2009: - classrooms, print, etc,- using SMS, web, or Twitter. 2008: - 2007: - An increase in its position on the list this year. Pers ✔ Cost: Free and paid plans Edu ✔ Available: Online Ent ✔ www.polleverywhere.com
  • 79. Pocket  14 76 (previously Read It Later) Previous rankings 2011: 90= Put articles, videos or pretty much 2010: - anything into Pocket. Save directly from 2009: - your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. 2008: - 2007: - A new name, and an increased position on the list this year. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu Available: Online Ent getpocket.com
  • 80. Edublogs 3 77 Previous rankings 2011: 74= An educational blogging service for 2010: 48= safe, secure class-sites and e- 2009: 49 portoflios. 2008: 59= A further drop down the list this year. 2007: 72= Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ edublogs.org Ent
  • 81. Vimeo  29 78 Previous rankings 2011: 49 A video-sharing website where users 2010: 70 can upload, view and share videos. 2009: - Falls back down the list this year. 2008: - 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Online Pers ✔ www.vimeo.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 82. Wordle  40 79 Previous rankings 2011: 39 Wordle lets you generate word clouds from text that you provide. You can 2010: 22 tweak your clouds with different fonts, 2009: 30 layouts, and colour schemes. 2008: - Big drop down the list this year. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ www.wordle.net Ent
  • 83. Symbaloo (and EDU)  39 80 Previous rankings 2011: 41 A unique visual bookmarking tool that 2010: - helps you keep your favourite links on a 2009: - dashbaord. 2008: - A significant move down the list this 2007: - year. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Download www.symbaloo.com Edu ✔ www.symbaloo.com/edu Ent
  • 84. Excel 81 Previous rankings 2011: 81 A spreadsheet programme and part of 2010: - the Microsoft Office suite. 2009: - Excel maintains its place on the list this 2008: 50= year. 2007: 27 Cost: Commercial Pers ✔ Available: Download www.microsoft.com/excel Edu ✔ Ent ✔
  • 85. Paper.li 8 82 Previous rankings 2011: 90= This is is a content curation service. It 2010: - enables people to publish a daily online newspapers based on topics they like. 2009: - An increase in its ranking since last 2008: - year when it was a new entrant. 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Online Pers ✔ paper.li Edu Ent
  • 86. Lino  15 83 Previous rankings 2011: 68 2010: - An online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, 2009: - ideas, and photos anywhere on an 2008: - online web canvas. 2007: - Drops down the list this year. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu ✔ en.linoit.com/ Ent
  • 87. Voki  44 84 Previous rankings 2011: 40 Create speaking avatars and use them 2010: 75= as a learning tool. 2009: - Drops back down the list this year 2008: - 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Download app Pers www.voki.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 88. Buddypress 5 85 Previous rankings 2011: 90 Open source social networking program. It is a plugin that can be 2010: - installed on WordPress to transform it 2009: - into social networking site. 2008: - Small increase on the list this year. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers Available: Download Edu ✔ www.buddypress.org Ent ✔
  • 89. eFront  28 86 Previous rankings 2011: 58 An eLearning platform (aka 2010: - Course/Learning Management 2009: - System) for both education and enterprises. 2008: - 2007: - Drops down the list this year. Pers Cost: Commercial Available: Hosted/Installed Edu ✔ www.efrontlearning.net Ent ✔
  • 90. Open Office  26 87 Previous rankings 2011: 61 Open source office suite to create 2010: 61 documents, spreadsheets and 2009: 71= presentations. It is compatible with Microsoft Office. 2008: 41= Big decrease in position on the list this 2007: 31= year. Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Download Edu ✔ www.openoffice.org Ent
  • 91. PBWorks  54 88 Previous rankings Capture knowledge, share files, and 2011: 34 manage projects within a secure, 2010: 33 reliable environment. 2009: 34 A significant drop down the list this year after maintaining a good position for the 2008: 35= last 5 years. 2007: 43= Cost: Free and paid plans Pers Available: Online Edu www.pbworks.com Ent ✔
  • 92. Learnist 89 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - Learnist makes it easy to share what 2009: - you know by curating the web. You can 2008: - use videos, blogs, books, docs, images or anything on the web to explain 2007: - anything. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Edu ✔ Available: Online www.learni.st Ent
  • 93. MentorMob 90 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - 2009: - Lets you organize any video, article, or website into a Learning Playlist. 2008: - 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Online Pers ✔ www.mentormob.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 94. Mahara  24 91 Previous rankings 2011: 67 Mahara is two things: an ePortfolio and 2010: - a social networking system combined. 2009: - Open source software. 2008: - Moves down the list this year. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers Available: Download Edu ✔ www.mahara.org Ent
  • 95. Doodle 92 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - Use Doodle for easy event scheduling. 2009: - You can propose several dates and 2008: - times and the participants can indicate their availability online. 2007: - Cost: Free and premium version Pers ✔ Available: Online Edu www.doodle.com Ent ✔
  • 96. Keynote 93 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list again. 2010: 90= Presentation software from Apple for 2009: 48 Mac computers. 2008: 65 2007: 72= Cost: Commercial Available: Download Pers ✔ www.apple.com/keynote Edu Ent
  • 97. Android phones 6 94 & tablets Previous rankings 2011: 90 2010: 85 Android is a mobile operating system 2009: - developed and distributed by Google 2008: - for touch screen smartphones and tablets. 2007: - Small drop down the list this year. Pers ✔ Cost: Commercial devices; apps vary Available: Purchase devices. Edu Apps available from: Ent www.google.com/play
  • 98. Blackboard 6 95 Previous rankings Blackboard is a suite of academic tools 2011: 89 based around a course management system. 2010: 68 2009: - Small decrease in position on the list this year. 2008: - Cost: Commercial 2007: - Available: Installed Pers www.blackboard.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 99. Tumblr 96 Previous rankings 2011: - Back on the list again. 2010: - Tumblr lets you effortlessly share 2009: - anything. Post text, photos, quotes, 2008: 83= links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or 2007: - wherever you happen to be. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Available: Online Edu www.tumblr.com Ent
  • 100. Quora 97 Previous rankings 2011: - New entrant to the list this year. 2010: - Quora connects you to everything you 2009: - want to know about. Quora aims to be 2008: - the easiest place to write new content and share content from the web. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online www.quora.com Edu Ent
  • 101. Skydrive 98 Previous rankings New entrant to the list this year. 2011: - 2010: - Store any file on your SkyDrive (from 2009: - Microsoft) and it's automatically available from your phone and 2008: - computers —no syncing or cables 2007: - needed. Pers ✔ Cost: Free Available: Download Edu windows.microsoft.com/skydrive Ent
  • 102. Popplet 99 Previous rankings New entrant to the list this year. 2011: - Popplet is a place for your ideas. 2010: - Collect inspiration, record thoughts, 2009: - explore ideas, create galleries. Share 2008: - popplets and collaborate in real time. 2007: - Cost: Free Pers ✔ Available: Online www.popplet.com Edu ✔ Ent
  • 103. iMovie 6 100 Previous rankings iMovie makes viewing and working 2011: 74= with video as intuitive as enjoying your photos. A built-in library automatically 2010: 95= organizes your video, so all the clips 2009: 88= you’ve captured and movies you’ve 2008: 66= created are just a click away. 2007: - Cost: Free Available: Installed on Macs Pers ✔ www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/ Edu ✔ Ent