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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012

From Jane Hart’s Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies…

Top 100

A learning tool is a tool to create or deliver learning content/solutions for others, or a tool for your own personal or professional learning.
Here is the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide. Below is the slideset available via Slideshare and beneath it the textual list.  Other pages are available as follows:
Short analysis of the list | Best of Breed (categorised list) | Winners & Losers 2012
Full Text: Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 | Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.

Create simple diagrams in a snap!

SimpleDiagrams is a small desktop application that helps you express your ideas quickly and simply. There’s just enough functionality to describe a thought or capture a process.
SimpleDiagrams keeps the visual expression of ideas clear through the simple design of library items and backgrounds. Because the last thing you want to do is overload your audience with over-cooked visuals.
Hating on your complex diagramming software? Come on, you’ve got better things to do. Making a diagram with SimpleDiagrams is simple and easy…dare we say fun. And with a standard friendly visual language, your diagrams are consistent and cohesive.

  • Drag, drop and size symbols from libraries
  • Add photos and post-notes
  • Various background styles (chalkboard, whiteboard, etc.)
  • Save diagrams on your computer
  • Export your diagram to PNG
  • Create custom libraries

And, since SimpleDiagrams is built on the Adobe AIR™ platform, it will run smoothly on Mac and Windows.
Here’s a screenshot of the application in use:


SimpleDiagrams is easy to use and you’ll be creating your diagrams in no time.
More info: SimpleDiagrams | Create simple diagrams in a snap!.

Create Instant Interactive Text Based Activities

Creating computer based materials can be incredibly time consuming and also very frustrating as websites and web based content can change so quickly, that’s why it is always so nice to discover tools like Textivate which can enable you to create instant interactivity using almost any text you find from around the web.
All you need to do is copy and paste your text into the Textivate window and then click on ‘textivate now’.
Here you can see some text I have copied from the Goldilocks story which I found on the Project Gutenberg site.
Now I get a range of different exercise types to choose from. All I have to do to generate the exercise is to click on one of the square and I instantly have an interactive activity.

Textivate activities

Full Text: Nik’s QuickShout: Create Instant Interactive Text Based Activities.

50 Indispensable EdTech Tools

Smarkphones make a difference

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
Full Text: 50 Indispensable EdTech Tools for 2012 – OnlineDegrees.org.

How to choose the best Ed-Tech tools for Online Instruction


How many ‘ed-tech’ tools are out there that can enhance online learning? I’d guess hundreds if not more. It’s almost on a daily basis that I come across a new educational technology tool. Before we move on – what is educational technology or ed-tech??? Ed-tech is a term for technological applications or tools that can be used in an educational environment to enhance instruction.That’s the theoretical definition though there are others but…

…what ed-tech can do when used effectively is to create meaningful, engaging instruction that motivates learners and supports learning objectives of a lesson or course.

In this post I’ll share how educators can use educational technology effectively with the aid of a five-step strategy.
Full Text: How to choose the best Ed-Tech tools for Online Instruction | online learning insights.

20 Teaching Tools to Consider

It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t been radically changed by technology, and education is no exception. Few classrooms these days operate without digital tools, gadgets, or applications that have made it easier for teachers to track student progress and tailor lessons to student needs and interests. While the tools of today are great, there are even more great technological teaching tools and practices on the horizon, many of which are just starting to be adopted in the classroom or are just making it out of the developmental stages. These tools offer new and often very promising ways to connect with students and improve the quality of education offered in schools. Read on to learn about just a few of the websites, programs, and amazing technologies of the future teachers and students alike will soon be using.
Full Text: 20 Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow – Online Universities.

13 Great Free Screencasting Tools for Creating Tutorials

For those of you who don’t know what screencasting tools are, they are tools that allow you to capture and record what you are doing on a computer screen so that you can play it back or show it to others. Screencasting tools are perfect for creating tutorials or presentations for students. With these tools, you can record what you were doing on the computer screen, play it back, and then go over whatever you are demonstrating step by step to a classroom. Here are some great, free screencasting tools that will allow you to record pictures, video and audio from your computer, edit them, and then use these recordings as teaching aids that will make it much easier to teach larger groups of people about procedures and operations that are performed on a computer.
With these free tools, you will be able to quickly create tutorials and lessons for your students or presentations for staff members that are professional looking and easy to follow.
Goview lets you record video of your screen and audio coming from your computer, edit the content, and then host your tutorials with no bandwidth limitations. You can also upload your screencasts to other sites and even protect them with passwords when storing them at Goview so no one but you and your students can access them. See their video.
Krut is better than most of these screencasting tools because its interface is so well-designed. The buttons on the interface allow you to quickly and easily record videos, take screenshots or change the area of the screen you want to record. You can also edit in sound later with Krut.
This is a free screencasting tool that is web-based and works for both Windows and mac users. As we said in a previous post If you are looking for a great screencasting tool that does not require any software installations, this is one of the best choices. You will be able to record your videos and then share them in a variety of ways. For example, you can share them as flash-based projects, or you can upload them to YouTube.
With this free tool you can create either avi videos or bitmap images. One of the best features of Aviscreen is its “follow the cursor” feature, which allows you to make a video of capture a screenshot of a smaller dimension while following all mouse activity happening all over the screen.
If you are looking to make high-quality tutorials, then Camstudio is one of the best free tools to use. It can record all screen and audio activity on your computer and produce high quality videos that at the same time, don’t take up a lot of bandwidth. The interface is also very simple to get a hang of and you can add annotations and other customized features to your videos as well.
Yet another tool that lets you make screencast recordings without having to download and install anything on your computer. It is very easy to use. Once you are ready to start, just click on the “Create” button, adjust to get the part of the screen you want to record into the shot, and start making your recording. See their video.
One of the best things about this free screencaster is that it allows you to drawn on what you have recorded and add notes and HTML pages to it. It also enables you to quickly and conveniently distribute your tutorial via email.
A pretty basic screen capture tool, but it does allow you to easily add text to your screencasts. It is also easily linked to your YouTube or Google Video accounts.
One limitation that Jing has is that you can only record for five minutes at a time. However, you will be able to edit these sections together later with no problem. It is great tool for quickly capturing video, audio and screenshots, because it is always present on your screen and ready to use. Jing allows you to add arrows, notes, and other visuals to your screencasts as well.
This is another free screencasting tool that helps you create presentations in the avi format, though you can also convert them into flv if you prefer that video format. The recording process is simple and the editing process is just as convenient and easy to grasp.
Screen jelly
This is a pretty simplistic tool that lets you record up to three minutes of screen video or computer audio at a time, and then share it via email or Twitter.
Oripa screen recorder
An excellent screen recorder for Windows users that can record your real time screen activity and then save it as a video file. You can even use your PC microphone and record your own audio to create a tutorial in real time without any editing needed.
One of the best features of this tool is that it has a zoom button that allows you to zoom into areas of your screen in order to enhance your presentations and tutorials.

David Lazar is a blogger at CometDocs.com. With a background in journalism, he enjoys writing about and following a variety of topics, including careers, technology and new media.

A Small Collection of Free eLearning Tools

Recently I was asked to showcase at the eACH Conference 2012,  some free elearning tools that can be used for deigning/developing elearning.  I presented just a few of my favourites out of the hundreds that are available within this 20 minute session.With some incredible inspiration from Jane Harts Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011 resources, my personal PLN, including various blog writers that I connect with like David Kelly, and items that I have used in my own development I put together this brief collection of tools.Inspiration and resources for more free tools/articles/ideas are found on the last 8 slides of this presentation.

Full Text: Discovery Through eLearning: A Small Collection of Free eLearning Tools.

12 free social media tools to make your life easier | Articles | Home


With the myriad tools available to help you with social media, often it’s hard to know which ones to try. People ask me whether there’s “an app for that,” and I love when I can give them the right tool.
Here are 12 of the best free tools, each one of which I use in my own business.
Full Text: 12 free social media tools to make your life easier | Articles | Home.