EdTech

Using EdTech tools – where to start?

217 educational technologists and learning professionals from around the world are currently collaboratively to create a list of the Top 100 Tools for Learning in 2008.

This list has been compiled for the past few years by the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, and is a good jumping off point if you have been thinking of trying out some new tools in your teaching practice, or are looking for new tools to boost your own productivity.

Social bookmarking tool Delicious, web browser FireFox and RSS reader Google Reader currently sit 1, 2 and 3 on the list.

Tools that seem to be gaining traction among educator and educational technologists are the microblogging site Twitter, (although at least one high profile EdTech user has recently abandoned the service). Twitter is up from 43rd to 11th place since last year. Social networking site Ning (31 to 16) and collaborative slideshow tool VoiceThread (101 to 23) are also on the rise.

The Centre is accepting entries and votes for the list until October 31.

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Wrangler of learning technologies by day, Dad, cyclist, soccer fan and, lately, home roaster of coffee by night. INFJ. I am the Manager of Educational Technologies at BCcampus, working primarily on open education projects. This blog is a personal blog and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BCcampus.

Comments

  1. LinkedIn was the surprise for me. I always saw that as much more of a professional networking tool as opposed to an EdTech tool. But if the goal of your learning is to be networked to the right people, it makes sense that it is that high on the list.

  2. I’m surprised that Twitter is as high as it is, and that YouTube is as low as it is. I put YouTube number two on mine, I think, with delicious #1, as it is on the master list. I should take some time to think of how NetVibes can work for me – I use Bloglines as an aggregator, but would like more “one-stop” shopping.

  3. Hi Jan,

    I hear you about the blinders. It's easy to start straying down a path that sometimes doesn't seem like it has value in the hopes that someday it may pay off.

    Personally, the tools I use on a daily basis to keep up are Firefox, tricked out with a dozen or so useful extensions. Useful FireFox extenions could be a list unto itself. Hmmm.

    Netvibes is my personal aggregation page. Like you, RSS is the glue that holds much of my online life together, and Netvibes is my aggregator. Can't live online with it.

    Third tool is Delicious to not only keep track of my bookmarks, but also to see what my peers are finding interesting on the web.

    In the class, delicious is also one of my primary tools that I encourage students to use. I also make an effort to show them RSS and how RSS feeds can be used to simplify staying up to date in their field. Wiki's are the final tool in the classroom trifecta for me.

    Funny, email didn't crack the top 100. I wonder if that is because it is so ubiquitous or because it is so loathed by users?

  4. Hi Clint,

    I am looking forward to the finalized results of that list. My own caveat with lists of that type is to consciously put my filters on before viewing them. If I add a tool, I have to take one away, because I just can’t attend to them all. I have to give myself permission to move between the tools and not try to juggle them all.

    RSS used to be the focus tool for me, then my own blog, with lots of reading and commenting. Now that my students are blogging, I spend a lot of time supporting that, so my time for professional blogging is down. Twitter is a key tool for learning for me…I can keep it open and learn from my pln while I am doing other things. It combines a sort of RSS with the faces and personalities of the folks I like to learn from.

    Maybe when the list comes out I will drop Twitter for another…but I can’t quite picture that right now!

    What tools would be in your top three? Which tools do you encourage your students to experiment with?

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