Top 100 Tools for Learning

This has been shared on a few sites (thank you Polly-Alida Farrington for posting). The information is so good I wanted to pass this on as well.

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies has released its list of top 100 tools for learning from a survey of 155 educators (81 from the education field and 74 from workplace learning). Each of these educators listed their top 10 tools for learning for both their personal learning and for creating learning solutions for others.

You can view the full results here.

Below is a table of the top 10 broken down by workplace learning and formal education.

For workplace learning

For formal education

  1. PowerPoint
  2. Audacity
  3. Articulate
  4. Moodle
  5. Snagit
  6. Captivate
  7. Slideshare
  8. Word
  9. Flash
  10. Camtasia
  1. YouTube
  2. flickr
  3. PowerPoint
  4. Wikispaces
  5. Slideshare
  6. Voicethread
  7. Audacity
  8. Moodle
  9. Ning
  10. Jing

From CLPT analysis:

What does this show? It certainly seems to confirm my feeling that formal, traditional (Learning 1.0) approaches (i.e. content-based courses, tutorials, etc) are still dominant in the workplace, whilst educators are embracing a much wider range of Web 2.0 tools to create more social, collaborative and informal approaches to learning.

I can’t agree with this more. I attend monthly chapter meetings for ASTD and it seems that educators and librarians are light years ahead of most of corporate America when it comes to using Web 2.0 for learning.

Take a look at the full list and share your thoughts. I’m surprised that Bloglines or another news reader is not higher on the list. I know for me personally that would rank as #1.

Announcing Free Use Photos – A New Flickr Group

How often do you need a quick photo to illustrate a point or concept? Are you ever concerned about the copyright restrictions? Well look no further!

Inspired by Michael Casey and his 50 Reasons Not to Change post (and the comments that followed). Tony Tallent and I have created a Flickr group called Free Use Photos where all the photos are free and can be used with no restrictions.

We encourage everyone in the library and education communities to join and share photos that can be used for displays, presentations, blogs, or any other imaginable use. Tony has already added some great photos to the group that will give you an idea of what we are looking for.


Have you ever tried to send someone a link to an item from

Sometimes links can be so long that they break apart in email programs and no longer work. Why do they break? Because a URL cannot have any spaces in it. When a URL spans across multiple lines in an email message, some email programs will add a hard return that breaks the link in two.

The solution?


Tiny URL is a free service at that takes a long link such as my link above that was 115 characters and creates a new link,, of only 24 characters.

Best of all, the new link never expires. TinyURL has a huge database where they store the old and new URLs together so that if you click on the TinyURL link in 2 years, the link will still work.

Try it yourself!