Category Archives: Documentation tools

04 – Google Docs/Drive

google-docs-logo

Create and share docs, spreadsheets and presentations – individually or collaboratively. Build online forms for data collection

Cost: Free.
Available: Hosted
Websitewww.google.com/docs
Categories: documentationpdfpresentations, spreadsheetsforms/polls/surveyscodesignfilesharing

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 4  2014: 2  2013: 2  2012: 3  2011: 3  2010: 3  2009: 5  2008: 17  2007: 24

Comments from those who selected Google Drive/Docs as one of their Top  Tools 

“For everyday collaboration and transparent cooperation, these have become my go-to tools. There is a lot of room for improvement, but their wide acceptance makes them very useful.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“This is where students and teachers create docs and designs at school and then finish them at home if necessary” Theresa Corpus, 2015

“This tool enable signals me to collaborate with others on documents. Moreover, I can access important resources on every device I use. I use Google Forms to identify opinions of participants in workshops” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“Google Forms –  I am making all my quizzes this year in Forms and grading with Flubaroo. Google Google Slides – I use this in lecture and students use to create” 2015

30 – Word

word

Microsoft Word is a popular and versatile word processing tool used for creating all kinds of paper-based materials. It is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite

Cost: Commercial. Free tiral
Available: Download. Hosted (Office365)
Websitewww.microsoft.com/word
Categories: documentation

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 30  2014: 17  2013: 17  2012: 19  2011: 42  2010: 60  2009: 36=  2008: 22  2007: 10

Comments from some of those that selected Word as one of their Top Tools 

“Use to prepare scripts for e-learning” Robert Craigo, 2015

“I simply use it for so many things in the classroom. For lessons, lesson plans, activities, notes etc.” 2015

“My writing tool for longer posts, articles, and of course books, and writing is a powerful force for organizing my thoughts, and a great way to share them and get feedback.” Clark Quinn, 2015

 

70 – Sway

sway

Microsoft’s Sway is a free app to create web content. You can embed a variety of resources into Sway, e.g. images, audio, video, maps, animations, presentations from Office Mix etc, and then share it online.

Cost: Free
Available: Download
Website: https://sway.com/
Categories: documentationpresentations

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 70  2014: –  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Sway as one of their Top Tools 

“A fresh new way to create interesting interactive content” 2015

94 – Adobe Acrobat Pro

acrobat

Adobe Acrobat Pro lets you create, combine, and control Adobe PDF documents for easy, more secure distribution, collaboration, and data collection

Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Available: Download
Websitewww.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/
Categories: pdf

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015:

  • 2015: 94  2014: –  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: 88=  2008: 59=  2007: 72=

Comments from some of those who selected it as one of their Top Tools

“deliver secure study guides with hyperlinked index pages” Louisa van der Linden, 2015

“to create fillable documents, which we use in our learning platform” 2015

“because it’s easy to edit and reduce size of PDF handouts” Marie Desjardin, 2015

96 – Wordle

wordle

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: http://www.wordle.net/
Categories: documentation
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015:

  • 2015: 96  2014: 73  2013: 73  2012: 79  2011: 39  2010: 22  2009: 30  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those that selected Wordle as one of their Top Tools 

“Using Wordle is a great way to see the major themes and ideas in an article.” 2015

“a creative way for students to brainstorm and synthesize” Diane Lowery 2014