Category Archives: Players and readers

Readers and players for desktop and mobile devices

16 – iPad and Apps

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Apple’s iPad together with the huge range of apps available for it make it a very popular “learning” device. It is the most popular tablet on the list.

Cost:  Commercial device. Free and commercial apps
Available: Download
Website:www.apple.com/ipad
Categories:  players, devices

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 16  2014: 47  2013: 34  2012: 34  2011: 41  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected the iPad as one of their top tools

“iPad in the classroom  – the killer educational tool” 2013

“My two year grandson uses iPad – and learning to learn by himself” 2013

“The iPad for multimedia consumption”  Urs Frei 2013

36 – Feedly

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Feedly is an RSS reader that lets you organise, read and share the content of your favourite sites. It is now the only dedicated feed reader on the list.

Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Hosted
Websitehttps://feedly.com/
Categories: readers/players

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 36  2014: 19  2013: 19  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Feedly as one of their top tools

“is my feed reader to keep track of blogs and news sites via RSS” Harold Jarche, 2015

“all blogs in one place” Natalie Raeber, 2015

“This is my RSS reader. I spend a lot of time here – for each item that appears in OLDaily I read something like a hundred posts. I’m in the middle of a large scale reorganization of my feed sources. There’s so much out there, I think people don’t realize this.” Stephen Downes, 2014

65 – Kindle & App

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Kindle is a series of e-reader devices developed by Amazon. Kindle desktop and mobile apps are also available so that you don’t need a device to read a Kindle book.

Cost:  Commercial device. Free app
Available: Download
Website:

Categories:  players, devices

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 65  2014: 35  2013: 78  2012: 70  2011: 82=  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Kindle as one of their top tools

“You can always having something to read when you’re in the mood with the Kindle app on your phone or tablet. Also, there are many self-published books that are only available in digital versions. The Kindle App opens up lots of opportunities for learning.” Connie Malamed, 2014

“I read something every day on my Kindle PaperWhite. I can upload PDFs and comment on them and also upload a whole wishlist of books I hope to read. I read every night before sleeping. It used to be tangible hard copy books, but I find the Kindle easier. Will I be missing the hard copy books by this time next year?” Jenny Mackness, 2014

75 – iTunes & iTunesU

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iTunes is a digital media player that lets you that lets you organize your music, movies, TV shows, and more on your Mac or PC, then add it to your iPod, iPhone or iPad. iTunesU is a section of Apple’s iTunes Music Store that features free educational audio and video from universities and other organizations to download.

Cost: Free
Available: Download
Websitewww.apple.com/itunes/
Categories: audio, readers/players

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 75  2014: 63  2013: 61  2012: 47  2011: 66  2010: 51=  2009: 41=  2008: 28  2007: 26

Comments from some of those who selected iTunes or iTunesU as one of their Top Tools

“Brilliant collection of courses. There’s a whole series of inspiring lesson ideas for educators that I’m working my way through.” 2015

“Learning designers are often addicted to learning and what better way to fulfill your obsession than to listen to podcasts while exercising, driving and doing household chores? I listen to podcasts on brain science, design, business, writing, spirituality, technology, pop-culture, TED talks and stories from This American Life. Story podcasts are great for road trips.” Connie Malamed, 2014

Adobe Reader

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Adobe Acrobat Reader software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF document

Cost: Free.
Available: Download
Website: https://get.adobe.com/reader/
Categories: readers/players

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: 

  • 2015: –  2014: –  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: 80=  2007: 72=

Android Phones, Tablets & Apps

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Android is Google’s popular mobile platform that powers a number of different smartphones and tablets. There is also a wide range of apps that can be used across these devices.

Cost:  Commercial device. Free and commercial apps
Available: Download
Website:  http://www.android.com/
Categories:  players, devices

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: –  2014: –  2013: 95  2012: 94  2011: 90  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

 

Awasu

Awasu is a state-of-the-art feed reader that comes loaded with features for both casual personal use and professional, high-powered information management.

Cost: Free.
Available: Download
Websitehttp://www.awasu.com/
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: –
Categories: readers/players