Top 100 Tools for Education

Generated from the Top 200 Tools for Learning, these are the tools selected by contributions as valuable and useful within education (that is primary and secondary (K12 ) education, colleges and universities, as well as adult education, Click on the  tool name for more information about how it is used. The number in brackets shows its place on the Top 200 list. Some observations beneath the list.

  1. YouTube (1)
  2. Google Docs/Drive (5)
  3. PowerPoint  (4)
  4. Google Search (2)
  5. Twitter (3)
  6. Dropbox (10)
  7. Prezi (14)
  8. Kahoot (15)
  9. Powtoon (22)
  10. Word (16)
  11. Moodle (27)
  12. Screencast-O-Matic (31)
  13. WordPress (9)
  14. Google Chrome (33)
  15. Facebook (6)
  16. Google Forms (34)
  17. Skype (7)
  18. Padlet 35
  19. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) (40)
  20. Camtasia (24)
  21. Slideshare 18
  22. OneNote (19)
  23. Pinterest 29
  24. Gmail (32)
  25. TED Talks/Ed (21)
  1. Audacity (28)
  2. Evernote (17)
  3. Office Mix (42)
  4. Trello (43)
  5. iSpring (44)
  6. Google Maps (49)
  7. Khan Academy (52)
  8. Quizlet (53)
  9. Wikipedia (11)
  10. Snagit (26)
  11. Socrative 55
  12. iPad & Apps 58
  13. Sway (59)
  14. Google Hangouts (41)
  15. Google Plus (45)
  16. Blogger (56)
  17. Adobe Connect (62)
  18. Whats App 13
  19. Articulate 25
  20. Excel 46
  21. Diigo 54
  22. Google Scholar 60
  23. Canvas 67
  24. Poll Everywhere 68
  25. SurveyMonkey 70
  1. Movie Maker (77)
  2. Google Classroom (80)
  3. Adobe Captivate (39)
  4. edPuzzle (81)
  5. Easygenerator (51)
  6. Udutu (61)
  7. Scoopit (72)
  8. Edmodo (86)
  9. Weebly (88)
  10. ThingLink (90)
  11. Clarify (92)
  12. Explain Everything (95)
  13. Google Sites (96)
  14. Blackboard (99)
  15. Mahara 100
  16. Webex 36
  17. Desire2Learn (D2) (108)
  18. Jing (109)
  19. SharePoint (38)
  20. Nearpod (110)
  21. Outlook (50)
  22. Wix (112)
  23. Canva (57)
  24. Keynote (64)
  25. Firefox (65)
  1. iMovie (69)
  2. Piktochart (85)
  3. GoAnimate (89)
  4. TodaysMeet (94)
  5. OneDrive (103)
  6. eXe (114)
  7. Animoto (115)
  8. Blackboard Collaborate (123)
  9. Zoom (65)
  10. Turnitin (126)
  11. Grammarly (128)
  12. Pixton (130)
  13. Sakai (131)
  14. BigBlueButton (146)
  15. Schoology (150)
  16. Notability (152)
  17. Kaltura (155)
  18. Moovly (156)
  19. Explaindio (157)
  20. Zeetings (158)
  21. ILIAS (159)
  22. Remind (160)
  23. WeVideo (161)
  24. Showbie (162)
  25. PlayPosit (165)

Observations

  • Although some commercial e-learning tools (Camtasia, Articulate, Captivate, easygenerator, Udutu) appear on the list, there is also the use of open source tools (eXe) and innovative new content development tools (Office Mix, Sway) and animated explainers (Powtoon, Explain Everything, GoAnimate, Moovly, Explaindio)
  • Interactive video tools are very popular (TED Ed, edPuzzle, Thinglink, PlayPosit)
  • A range of course management systems are in use (Moodle, Canvas, Google Classroom, Edmodo, Blackboard, Sakai, Schoology, ILIAS) as well as portfolio platforms (Mahara, Pathbrite)
  • Google Apps for Education (GAFE) ranked very highly as did all the Google products (including Google Classroom)
  • OneNote is of more value in education (than Evernote) due to its Classroom mode
  • There is increasing use of classroom response tools (Kahoot, Socrative, Poll Everywhere, Nearpod, TodaysMeet, Zeetings)
  • Education making good use of free website tools (Weebly, Wix, Google Sites)
  • Also a number of other education-specific tools on the list (eg Quizlet, Turnitin, Grammarly, Remind, Showbie)

There is more interest in the use social networks within education than workplace learning, and indeed much more use of free online social tools than commercial tools.

The primary smart device of choice in education is the iPad.