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25 Tools
                                             A Toolbox for Learning Professionals
                                                                  2009 Version


                                                                Compiled by Jane Hart
                                                         Social Media & Learning Consultant
                                                   Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies
                                                                  www.C4LPT.co.uk




Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May
About the Toolbox




                                               This Toolbox contains 25 categories of learning
                                               tool.

                                               Within each tool category I provide the name
                                               of the most popular tools from the emerging
    Jane Hart is a Social Media and
    Learning Consultant who has a long         2009 Top Tools for Learning, as selected by
    track record of helping both               learning professionals worldwide .
    businesses and education understand
    how new technologies can be used for
    learning. Jane currently focuses on        The majority of the tools are FREE, although a
    helping organizations introduce social
    media tools and platforms into their
                                               number of commercial tools are included.
    learning and performance support           Some of the tools are desktop tools; others are
    initiatives.
                                               online services.

                                                Full details of all the tools in the Toolbox are at:

                                                           www.c4lpt.co.uk/25Tools/


Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
25 Tool Categories
1.     Web browser                                        14.    Course authoring tool
2.     Social bookmarking tool                            15.    Screen capture tool
3.     Blogging tool                                      16.    Demo/Screencasting tool
4.     RSS/Feed Reader                                    17.    Web authoring tool
5.     Micro-blogging tool                                18.    Wiki tool
6.     Email                                              19.    Image/photo tools
7.     Instant messaging tool                             20.    Audio/podcasting tools
8.     Personal productivity tool                         21.    Video tools
9.     Mind mapping tool                                  22.    Personal dashboard
10.    Presentation tool                                  23.    Course management system
11.    Presentation sharing tool                          24.    Social networking tool
12.    Online office suite                                25.    Integrated social media platform
13.    Web conferencing tool


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Web browser

  A web browser is a fundamental tool in the Toolbox; it is your
  window onto the web.

                                 The award-winning browser, Firefox is still
                                 the browser of choice, because it is more
                                 than just a browser; there are hundreds of
                                 extensions available provide an enormous
                                 range of extra functionality.

                                 But why not try Google Chrome, which is
                                 quickly gaining market share.
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Social bookmarking tool


 Store your books online, tag (i.e. categorise) them and share
 them with others.

                                     Delicious is the leading social bookmarking
                                     tool.

                                     Diigo, however, takes social bookmarking
                                     to the next step, and supports social
                                     annotation


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Blogging tool

 Personal and professional blogging is now considered a
 mainstream activity.

                                WordPress is the people’s favourite blogging
                                tool. This has now become a very sophisticated
                                tool with many plugins available to embed
                                resources - and yet remains easy to use.
                                Available as a hosted service or to install as a
                                blogging platform.

                                Google’s Blogger is, however, also a firm
                                favourite.
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RSS/Feed Reader

   Have the news or blog updates sent to you! Although modern
   day browsers let you read RSS feeds easily, a feed reader will
   let you manage all your subscriptions in one place.

                                        Google Reader is the most popular
                                        online feed reader and also lets you
                                        share postings with others.

                                        Bloglines is another favourite online
                                        feed reader.

                                                                                4
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Micro-blogging tool

                                       Micro-blogging has really taken off this
                                       year, and this is mainly due to Twitter.
                                       You can communicate with your contacts
                                       - using up to 140 characters – and keep
                                       up to date with what they are doing and
                                       what is happening in the world.

                                       If you are looking for a desktop Twitter,
                                       client, then Tweetdeck is one to consider.


                                                                             5
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Email

  Email is now a well-recognised and understood communication
  tool. But do you want web mail or a desktop client?

                               gMail (or GoogleMail as it’s known in the UK)
                               is an efficient webmail service that provides
                               you with tons of free storage space – and no
                               worrying about spam and viruses.

                               Outlook is a well-respected commercial
                               desktop email client, and part of the Microsoft
                               Office suite.
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Instant messaging tool


                                       Instant messaging is now almost as
                                       commonplace as email. Skype provides
                                       an easy way of not only text messaging
                                       but also free computer-to-computer
                                       voice calls - with low charges out to
                                       landlines (SkypeOut) - as well calls into
                                       Skype from landlines (SkypeIn)




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Personal Productivity Tool

   A personal productivity tool is one that lets you work more
   effectively and efficiently.
                                    This year, the leading productivity tool is
                                    Evernote. Use it to capture, clip and share
                                    notes on the web. There are versions
                                    available for the desktop or mobile phone.

                                    Another useful productivity tool is Google
                                    Calendar, where you can share your diary
                                    online. This makes scheduling meetings and
                                    other events an easy process.

                                                                            8
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Mind mapping tool

  A mind mapping tool is great for organising your thoughts or
  just brainstorming – either on your own or with others.

                                     FreeMind is an open source, desktop mind
                                     mapping tool.

                                     Bubbl.us is a web application where you
                                     can create mind maps online, share your
                                     work, embed them in your blog or website,
                                     email or print them.


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Presentation tool

  A presentation tool is another fundamental tool for a learning
  professional.

                           PowerPoint (a commercial tool) is the most well-
                           known tool desktop tool – and invaluable for
                           many – and is the basis for a number of tools in
                           this Toolbox.

                           A new breed of dedicated online presentation
                           tools is appearing, and Prezi is emerging as a very
                           popular free tool. Presentations are created
                           online but are also downloadable.
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Presentation sharing tool

  If you create presentations with PowerPoint or other desktop
  software, then here’s some popular tools for hosting them
  online and sharing them with others.

                                  With Slideshare you can even synchronise
                                  your presentation with an audio file to create
                                  a narrated presentation.

                                  With Voicethread you can create an audio
                                  slideshow and comments can also be left by
                                  others.

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Online office suite

  Do you need to work collaboratively on presentations
  documents or spreadsheets with your team or colleagues? Or
  want to share your results with others more widely? Then this
  is where an online office suite is of great value.

                              Google Docs is the most popular of the office
                              tools. You can start from scratch on a document
                              or upload existing content created in MS Office,
                              for example.

                              Zoho is another online suite with a large range of
                              productivity and collaborative apps.
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Web conferencing tool

  Web conferencing tools let you present to a small or large group
  of individuals, browse the web and even share your computer
  screen. They also provide a chat backchannel.

                                     Dimdim is the most popular free, open
                                     source web conferencing tool.

                                     Of the many commercial tools available,
                                     Adobe Connect is emerging as a strong
                                     favourite.


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Course authoring tool

  There are a number of tools available to creating interactive,
  multimedia online courses. The most popular tools in this
  category are all commercial tools.

                           Articulate E-Learning Studio consists of three
                           main products: Presenter (which lets you create
                           Flash-based courses from PowerPoint), Engage
                           and Quizmaker. All are available separately.

                           Lectora provides course developers with a
                           comprehensive authoring environment.

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Screen capture tool

  If you want to capture a screenshot or image for a learning
  resource, a good screen capture tool is a must.


                                  Snagit, a commercial tool from Techsmith is
                                  the most popular screen capture tool

                                  Jing, also from Techsmith, is a free always-
                                  ready program that instantly captures and
                                  shares images and videos.



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Demo/screencasting tool

  If you want to create a software demo or other screencast, then
  here are the most popular tools:

                                  Both Camtasia, from Techsmith, and
                                  Captivate, from Adobe, are popular
                                  commercial tools …

                                  whereas Jing, also from Techsmith, is a free
                                  always-ready program that instantly captures
                                  and shares images and video.


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Web authoring tool

  If you want to build a web site, there are a number of tools to
  help you to do this. Here are the ones that learning
  professionals like.

                                Dreamweaver is a powerful desktop web
                                authoring tool. It is a commercial tool from
                                Adobe.

                                Google Sites is a free online tool to create
                                simple, secure group web or wiki
                                sites. More wiki tools also appear in the
                                next category.
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Wiki tool

  Wiki tools support collaborative working and learning. A
  number of users can edit a page and thereby create a
  collaborative document.

                                  PBworks (previously PBwiki) is a firm
                                  favourite, particularly amongst
                                  workplace learning professionals. The
                                  basic version is free, there are other
                                  professional price plans.

                                  Wikispaces has a strong following in
                                  the education world.
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Image/photo tools
  An image is worth a thousand words! Here are some popular
  image and photo tools:
                           If you are looking for a place to host your personal
                           or professional picture collection, then Flickr is
                           the place to do it! It is also a great source of
                           (often) copyright-free images.

                           If you are looking for a photo imaging tool, the
                           commercial Photoshop from Adobe, is designed
                           for professional and serious amateur
                           photographers.

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Audio/podcasting tools
  Podcasts – or MP3 audio files – have become a very familiar
  format. The following two tools are the favourite tools for
  creating and listening to audio files and podcasts.
                             Audacity is a free, open source, downloadable
                             tool, that makes recording and editing audio
                             very simple. With the extra encoder you can
                             convert your audio files into MP3 podcasts.

                             Although many web pages have embedded
                             audio players, iTunes is a must-have audio
                             player that allows you to subscribe to podcasts,
                             and also access iTunesU.
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Video tools
  Video is a very powerful medium for presenting information or
  instruction of all kinds.

                              YouTube is a favourite resource for finding
                              videos. It is also very easy to upload your
                              own videos and share them with others.

                              Nowadays videos can easily be created using
                              webcams, camcorders and even mobile
                              phones. The Flip is an affordable and popular
                              mini camcorder.


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Personal dashboad
  Personal dashboard tools or start pages allow you to aggregate
  all your digital resources - mail, RSS feeds, videos, etc - in one
  place. You can also design the layout and look of your start
  page.

  The two most popular, free start page tools are:

                               iGoogle and Netvibes




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Course management system
                      A course management system lets you manage
                      learners and their use of course content. The
                      system of choice for many learning professionals –
                      both in education and in the workplace - is the free,
                      open source platform, Moodle.

                      In addition to core course management
                      functionality it also includes some social media tools
                      like discussion forums, blogging and wiki tools.

                      If you can't install Moodle in-house, then there are
                      low-cost hosting solutions available.
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Social networking tool

                              You may already belong to a public social
                              network like Facebook or LinkedIn, where you
                              can also set up a dedicated group for network
                              members to join easily.

                              However, if you want to create a private social
                              network, for instance to provide the community
                              side of a learning programme, then Ning is a
                              popular online platform.



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Integrated social media platform
                            Too many different social media tools to choose from?
                            Concerned about personal and organisational data privacy
                            and security on external sites?

                            Then, Elgg, the free, open source integrated social media
                            platform brings together social networking, social
                            bookmarking, blogging, wikis, RSS feeds, messaging and
                            more in one platform. With Elgg you can create a social
                            learning and collaboration platform for use across the
                            whole organisation. Individuals can have a personal
                            dashboard and groups can work together.

                            If you can't install Elgg in-house, then there are low-cost
                            hosting solutions available.

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Tool Information & Tutorials




                    Full details of all the Tools in this Toolbox are at:
                                 www.c4lpt.co.uk/25Tools/


                  For other popular tools take a look at the emerging
                            Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
                                           at
                          www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/




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  • 1. 25 Tools A Toolbox for Learning Professionals 2009 Version Compiled by Jane Hart Social Media & Learning Consultant Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www.C4LPT.co.uk Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May
  • 2. About the Toolbox This Toolbox contains 25 categories of learning tool. Within each tool category I provide the name of the most popular tools from the emerging Jane Hart is a Social Media and Learning Consultant who has a long 2009 Top Tools for Learning, as selected by track record of helping both learning professionals worldwide . businesses and education understand how new technologies can be used for learning. Jane currently focuses on The majority of the tools are FREE, although a helping organizations introduce social media tools and platforms into their number of commercial tools are included. learning and performance support Some of the tools are desktop tools; others are initiatives. online services. Full details of all the tools in the Toolbox are at: www.c4lpt.co.uk/25Tools/ Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 3. 25 Tool Categories 1. Web browser 14. Course authoring tool 2. Social bookmarking tool 15. Screen capture tool 3. Blogging tool 16. Demo/Screencasting tool 4. RSS/Feed Reader 17. Web authoring tool 5. Micro-blogging tool 18. Wiki tool 6. Email 19. Image/photo tools 7. Instant messaging tool 20. Audio/podcasting tools 8. Personal productivity tool 21. Video tools 9. Mind mapping tool 22. Personal dashboard 10. Presentation tool 23. Course management system 11. Presentation sharing tool 24. Social networking tool 12. Online office suite 25. Integrated social media platform 13. Web conferencing tool Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 4. Web browser A web browser is a fundamental tool in the Toolbox; it is your window onto the web. The award-winning browser, Firefox is still the browser of choice, because it is more than just a browser; there are hundreds of extensions available provide an enormous range of extra functionality. But why not try Google Chrome, which is quickly gaining market share. 1 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 5. Social bookmarking tool Store your books online, tag (i.e. categorise) them and share them with others. Delicious is the leading social bookmarking tool. Diigo, however, takes social bookmarking to the next step, and supports social annotation 2 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 6. Blogging tool Personal and professional blogging is now considered a mainstream activity. WordPress is the people’s favourite blogging tool. This has now become a very sophisticated tool with many plugins available to embed resources - and yet remains easy to use. Available as a hosted service or to install as a blogging platform. Google’s Blogger is, however, also a firm favourite. 3 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 7. RSS/Feed Reader Have the news or blog updates sent to you! Although modern day browsers let you read RSS feeds easily, a feed reader will let you manage all your subscriptions in one place. Google Reader is the most popular online feed reader and also lets you share postings with others. Bloglines is another favourite online feed reader. 4 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 8. Micro-blogging tool Micro-blogging has really taken off this year, and this is mainly due to Twitter. You can communicate with your contacts - using up to 140 characters – and keep up to date with what they are doing and what is happening in the world. If you are looking for a desktop Twitter, client, then Tweetdeck is one to consider. 5 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 9. Email Email is now a well-recognised and understood communication tool. But do you want web mail or a desktop client? gMail (or GoogleMail as it’s known in the UK) is an efficient webmail service that provides you with tons of free storage space – and no worrying about spam and viruses. Outlook is a well-respected commercial desktop email client, and part of the Microsoft Office suite. 6 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 10. Instant messaging tool Instant messaging is now almost as commonplace as email. Skype provides an easy way of not only text messaging but also free computer-to-computer voice calls - with low charges out to landlines (SkypeOut) - as well calls into Skype from landlines (SkypeIn) 7 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 11. Personal Productivity Tool A personal productivity tool is one that lets you work more effectively and efficiently. This year, the leading productivity tool is Evernote. Use it to capture, clip and share notes on the web. There are versions available for the desktop or mobile phone. Another useful productivity tool is Google Calendar, where you can share your diary online. This makes scheduling meetings and other events an easy process. 8 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 12. Mind mapping tool A mind mapping tool is great for organising your thoughts or just brainstorming – either on your own or with others. FreeMind is an open source, desktop mind mapping tool. Bubbl.us is a web application where you can create mind maps online, share your work, embed them in your blog or website, email or print them. 9 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 13. Presentation tool A presentation tool is another fundamental tool for a learning professional. PowerPoint (a commercial tool) is the most well- known tool desktop tool – and invaluable for many – and is the basis for a number of tools in this Toolbox. A new breed of dedicated online presentation tools is appearing, and Prezi is emerging as a very popular free tool. Presentations are created online but are also downloadable. 10 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 14. Presentation sharing tool If you create presentations with PowerPoint or other desktop software, then here’s some popular tools for hosting them online and sharing them with others. With Slideshare you can even synchronise your presentation with an audio file to create a narrated presentation. With Voicethread you can create an audio slideshow and comments can also be left by others. 11 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 15. Online office suite Do you need to work collaboratively on presentations documents or spreadsheets with your team or colleagues? Or want to share your results with others more widely? Then this is where an online office suite is of great value. Google Docs is the most popular of the office tools. You can start from scratch on a document or upload existing content created in MS Office, for example. Zoho is another online suite with a large range of productivity and collaborative apps. 12 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 16. Web conferencing tool Web conferencing tools let you present to a small or large group of individuals, browse the web and even share your computer screen. They also provide a chat backchannel. Dimdim is the most popular free, open source web conferencing tool. Of the many commercial tools available, Adobe Connect is emerging as a strong favourite. 13 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 17. Course authoring tool There are a number of tools available to creating interactive, multimedia online courses. The most popular tools in this category are all commercial tools. Articulate E-Learning Studio consists of three main products: Presenter (which lets you create Flash-based courses from PowerPoint), Engage and Quizmaker. All are available separately. Lectora provides course developers with a comprehensive authoring environment. 14 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 18. Screen capture tool If you want to capture a screenshot or image for a learning resource, a good screen capture tool is a must. Snagit, a commercial tool from Techsmith is the most popular screen capture tool Jing, also from Techsmith, is a free always- ready program that instantly captures and shares images and videos. 15 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 19. Demo/screencasting tool If you want to create a software demo or other screencast, then here are the most popular tools: Both Camtasia, from Techsmith, and Captivate, from Adobe, are popular commercial tools … whereas Jing, also from Techsmith, is a free always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video. 16 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 20. Web authoring tool If you want to build a web site, there are a number of tools to help you to do this. Here are the ones that learning professionals like. Dreamweaver is a powerful desktop web authoring tool. It is a commercial tool from Adobe. Google Sites is a free online tool to create simple, secure group web or wiki sites. More wiki tools also appear in the next category. 17 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 21. Wiki tool Wiki tools support collaborative working and learning. A number of users can edit a page and thereby create a collaborative document. PBworks (previously PBwiki) is a firm favourite, particularly amongst workplace learning professionals. The basic version is free, there are other professional price plans. Wikispaces has a strong following in the education world. 18 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 22. Image/photo tools An image is worth a thousand words! Here are some popular image and photo tools: If you are looking for a place to host your personal or professional picture collection, then Flickr is the place to do it! It is also a great source of (often) copyright-free images. If you are looking for a photo imaging tool, the commercial Photoshop from Adobe, is designed for professional and serious amateur photographers. 19 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 23. Audio/podcasting tools Podcasts – or MP3 audio files – have become a very familiar format. The following two tools are the favourite tools for creating and listening to audio files and podcasts. Audacity is a free, open source, downloadable tool, that makes recording and editing audio very simple. With the extra encoder you can convert your audio files into MP3 podcasts. Although many web pages have embedded audio players, iTunes is a must-have audio player that allows you to subscribe to podcasts, and also access iTunesU. 20 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 24. Video tools Video is a very powerful medium for presenting information or instruction of all kinds. YouTube is a favourite resource for finding videos. It is also very easy to upload your own videos and share them with others. Nowadays videos can easily be created using webcams, camcorders and even mobile phones. The Flip is an affordable and popular mini camcorder. 21 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 25. Personal dashboad Personal dashboard tools or start pages allow you to aggregate all your digital resources - mail, RSS feeds, videos, etc - in one place. You can also design the layout and look of your start page. The two most popular, free start page tools are: iGoogle and Netvibes 22 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 26. Course management system A course management system lets you manage learners and their use of course content. The system of choice for many learning professionals – both in education and in the workplace - is the free, open source platform, Moodle. In addition to core course management functionality it also includes some social media tools like discussion forums, blogging and wiki tools. If you can't install Moodle in-house, then there are low-cost hosting solutions available. 23 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 27. Social networking tool You may already belong to a public social network like Facebook or LinkedIn, where you can also set up a dedicated group for network members to join easily. However, if you want to create a private social network, for instance to provide the community side of a learning programme, then Ning is a popular online platform. 24 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 28. Integrated social media platform Too many different social media tools to choose from? Concerned about personal and organisational data privacy and security on external sites? Then, Elgg, the free, open source integrated social media platform brings together social networking, social bookmarking, blogging, wikis, RSS feeds, messaging and more in one platform. With Elgg you can create a social learning and collaboration platform for use across the whole organisation. Individuals can have a personal dashboard and groups can work together. If you can't install Elgg in-house, then there are low-cost hosting solutions available. 25 Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009
  • 29. Tool Information & Tutorials Full details of all the Tools in this Toolbox are at: www.c4lpt.co.uk/25Tools/ For other popular tools take a look at the emerging Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 at www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/ Compiled by Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, May 2009