Digital Notebooks, Personal Learning Systems & Digital Portfolios

Last updated: November 21, 2019 at 19:22 pm

Tools used to organise and manage personal learning, performance including digital portfolios. Listed in alphabetical order. means is on the Top Tools for Learning 2019.

ActExs (Action Extracts)
An iOS and Android app that combines the features of note taking, PDF annotation, list and conference apps, and KPI tracking.
Cost:  Free   |  Available: Download app

AM-Notebook is a multi-featured personal information manager that provides an easy and reliable way to save notes, to do lists, tasks and contacts within a light weight tray icon tool.
 Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download

Free online editor. Notes are saved to your browser, so you can come back to continue editing your notes.
Cost:  Free  | Available: Hosted

Breakdown Notes
Tool to make notes, mindmaps and diagrams. Ideal for studying and brainstorming.
Cost:  Free  | Available: Hosted

Create, learn and share best study notes online
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Note-taking tool – not just for textual notes but also for web clipping. It can also be used across mobile computing devices. Notebooks are also shareable.
Cost:  Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 25
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Google Keep
Save your thoughts wherever they are.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 83
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Single application can help you organize your life.
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Knowledge NoteBook is a research-based note-taking and studying tool.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download
A simple, free and open-source note-keeping tool to help you manage the tons of little information bits you need to keep track of each day.
Cost:  Free. Open Source  |  Available: Download

Take notes from your browser. Share and collaborate with others in real-time.
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

The easiest way for anyone to build & maintain beautiful portfolios of work. No design or code required.
Cost:  Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted

Free form personal organiser
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

A free cross platform planner app for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier to manage.
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Notability is a note-taking app for mobile devices and the desktop. It supports text, images, and audio recordings, and contains a sketchpad that lets you draw images as well as mark up images, Web clips, and clip art.
Cost:  Small charge  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 183
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Notebook G
Notebook G is your online organiser
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

OneNote is note-taking software for capturing all of your ideas and to-dos on the go, brought to you by Microsoft Office.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 22
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PebblePad is a Personal Learning Space and portfolio platform, used in colleges, universities and professional bodies. Can be used independently by individuals.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Availability: Online. Download app
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2019: 164
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Write a note that self-destructs.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Quicklyst helps you take beautiful outline-style notes that help you structure your ideas. You can use Quicklyst on an iPad, iPhone, Kindle, or Android device.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted

Remember the milk
Remember the Milk lets you manage your tasks quickly and easily.  Works with Google Calendar, Twitter, iPhone and Gmail.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted/Download

SnapBits is a free service that may be used to securely store, search, sort and easily retrieve “Bits” of information.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

SNIPPit is a simple post-it like notes organizer. You can create snippets of text on the fly in your private area, and personalize them. Then you can organize all your notes in categories by using one or more keywords.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

TiddlyWiki is a unique non-linear notebook for capturing, organising and sharing complex information.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Application for collecting and processing your thoughts following the GTD methodology.
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download

Manage tasks and projects anywhere with Todoist. At home. At school. At work. Online. Offline. And across 10+ platforms.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

TruQu is a real-time feedback tool which employees can use in order to learn and improve performance.
Cost: Commercial. Free Trial  |  Available: Hosted

Wiki tool for use as a personal notepad.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download (for Mac)

WorkFlowy is a better way to organize your thoughts.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted

ZuluPad is a notepad on crack. It’s a place to jot down class notes, appointments, to-do lists, favorite websites, annotated bookmarks, pretty much anything you can think of.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download