Here are the 2016 Top 200 Tools for Learning list compiled by Jane Hart of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. How are all these tools being used for learning? Take a look at the Best of Breed 2016 list where I categorise the different tools, or the 3 sub-lists Top 100 Tools for Personal Learning 2016, Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2016 and the Top 100 Tools for Education 2016 To get an overview of how the tools in these 3 Top 100 lists fit into the Top 200 list, see the Comparison View. Analysis of this year’s list appears beneath the list.
Although the 1st Top 100 Tools list in 2007 was hailed as “cutting edge”, this 10th list (together with the sub-lists) offers a better indication of the state of play of the use of tools for learning – i.e. a mix of both tradition and innovation. This year’s big news is that Twitter loses its No 1 place on the list after 7 years, but the Top 200 list contains a huge variety of tools – with many more new tools being included this year. Here are this year’s Movers and Shakers.
- Individuals continue to reap the benefits of the opportunities offered to them on the Web to learn in all kinds of ways – both planned and unplanned, formal and informal, through content and people, online or on smart devices.
- Education is also making use of a wide range of multi-purpose web-based tools – probably because they are free and easy to use – alongside dedicated educational tools.
- Workplace learning, however, is still largely dominated by the use of traditional commercial tools for creating, delivering and managing e-learning. However, there is increasing use of new-style content development tools and greater use is being made of tools for social collaboration (and social learning) within work teams and groups.