Last week Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies released the 2015 Top 10 Tools for Learning. Now in its ninth year, this list is a creditable indicator of trends in the top online learning tools used worldwide. It has been compiled from the votes of over 2,000 individuals from 63 countries, working in different roles in education and workplace learning.
For the 7th consecutive year, Twitter is the most popular learning tool but it is now closely followed by Youtube. The closing of this gap is not surprising as students will tell you, if they want to learn how to do something they head for Youtube. Statistics indicate that the number of people watching YouTube each day has increased by 40% y/y since March 2014.
Top of the list are Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Docs/Drive, Powerpoint and Dropbox. Screencast-O-Matic has returned to the Top 100 at 27th place after last appearing in 2011 at position 82. This is perhaps a reflection of its popularity as a video creating tool for Flipped Learning and assessment feedback in the classroom.
It’s surprising that Flipboard has not yet made the list but its time will come, no doubt. Check out Jane’s presentation with the full run down of the Top 10 Tools for Learning 2015 and associated resources yourself for a wealth of popular learning tools.