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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009

Here comes Jane Hart’s growing list of tools for learning professionals. You can also contribute to this list by sending your top 10 tools for learning. I’m the 106th contributor on the list.
Here is my top 10 list:
1.Wikispaces: Collaborative wikis are my very first favourite on the list. You can create your own social workplace and collaborate with your colleagues to create any projects you want. I have been using my wikispace as my e-portfolio. Also, we have a wikispace that we exchange our ideas at school with my colleagues for more than three years now. Here is the video of Common Craft “Wikis in Plain English
2.Twitter: : This is the micro-blogging site that you simply answer one question “What are you doing?” using not more than 140 letters. People are tweeting about latest events,new blog posts,new sites and I have been having more fun and I learn a lot more than I thought I would. Here comes CommonCraft’s “Twitter in Plain English” video.
3.Animoto: The easiest and the best site to create slideshow. You can easily narrate your pictures with text and music. Here are the examples of animoto slideshows that our 2nd and 3rd grade students created.The first one is about “Responsibilities“, the other one is about “Traffic Signs“.
4.Ning: is another social networking site that you can use to collaborate with your students or your colleagues.
5.Wordle: This is a nice site to create word clouds from the text you provide. Why not give a try? You can see my wordle of top 10 list at the beginning of this post.
6.Secondlife: This is the 3D world that you can interact with all other people all over the world. I am a new user on Secondlife but I had the chance to have a walk, dance, chat and even go to British Council’s island and travel around the island on the Loch Ness monster. There are so many online sessions that are being held on Secondlife and what a pity that I couldn’t attend any of them.
7.Voki: You can get your talking avatar using voki. You customize your character and record your voice with a microphone. Here is a voki that a 6 year old EFL student created.
8.Voicethread: Here comes my favourite podcasting & digital storytelling tool. You can create voice group conversations whether it is video, audio, documents or pictures. Here are two examples of voicethread.”Little Elephant” and “Traffic Rules“.
9.Glogster: is an online poster where you can create your page using vidoes, audios, pictures, links and animated stuff. I have been using my glog as an introduction to my e-portfolio.
10.Pimpampum: There are different applications that you can use in your classes. My favourites are Bookr (You create your e-book using Flickr pictures and adding your text), Bubblr (You can create your comic strips using Flickr pictures and bubbles), Phrasr (You can find pictures from Flickr that match with your words)
When we think the internet not only as a place to look up stuff, we’ll see all the benefits and the fun part of it.