Top 10 learning tools 2016

2016 is the 10th anniversary of the Top 100 for learning tools, compiled by Jane Hart. This year, there will be a Top 200 for learning tools. Read more about the list here.

We would like to contribute with our own list of a couple of our favorite learning tools.

Learning tools1. WordPress.
Categories: educational, workplace and personal & professional learning.

We use WordPress as a single sign on platform to combine all sorts of learning tools. We help schools in primary, secondary and higher education build their own network, with a wide range of educational scenarios. For example: e-portfolio’s, online modules, reflection, (interactive) feedback, workspaces, learning analytics, content development and distributing / sharing, serious gaming and newsletters. It’s a popular platform worldwide, based on open source technology.

2. Scratch.
Category: educational and personal and professional learning.

Very easy tool to learn the basic principles of programming. It is online and free of charge, so teachers and students can start immediately. It is meant for children from primary school onwards, suitable for anyone who would like to learn about programming. We recommend teachers in primary schools and librarians to use this tool if they want to start with programming lessons.

3. Big blue button.
Category: educational.

This is a virtual classroom with various options to increase engagement of students during and after sessions. You can use a chatroom, polls and emojicons, use whiteboard controls for annotations and record your sessions with playback opportunities. It is open source software. Our teachers train other teachers to use this tool, so that they are able to facilitate long distance learning.

4. Edpuzzle.
Category: educational.

Any Youtube or Vimeo film can be made into a complete lesson, while adding extra information and tests. The lessons can be followed by students you add to a class individually. There is a possibility to specify when and how long students can take to complete their test. Our teachers use this learning tool to translate videos for bilingual education.

5. Quizlet.
Category: educational.

This is a learning tool with many study sets and the possibility to create your own. You can use flashcards or games like rat race or memory to improve understanding and memorising theory and practices. Our teachers use this tool during lessons to improve engagement of their students.

6. Rubistar.
Category: educational.

Handy tool to save and edit your own rubrics online. You can use a wide range of templates, which saves time and makes it easy to make high quality rubrics. It is easy to start immediately and is free of charge. Our teachers use this learning tool to make their own rubrics for bilingual education.

7. Prezi.
Category: educational and personal and professional learning.

A powerful tool for visual presentations. The spatial dimensions and motions tend to keep audiences more engaged. You can use templates or create your own Prezi and share them with others. Our teachers use Prezi presentations during lessons with students and teach them to use the tool themselves. They also use it for pr-purposes for Leerpodium.

8. Quizizz.
Category: educational.

This learning tool lets you test students on an individual level. Students take the tests on their own pace on their own device. You get more editting possibilities, because you can copy individual questions into your own test. The results are downloadable. Our teachers use it to make individual tests for students in bilingual education.

9. Socrative.
Category: educational.

Learning happens while students participate in quizzes or the space race game during sessions. Teachers can review understanding of students and receive reports. Our teachers use it as a poll on a smartboard to start discussions during lessons. They get insight on the spot and adapt their lessons, according to the needs of the students.

10. Pixlr.
Categories: educational and personal and professional learning.

This is a tool for online photo editing. It has a lot of the same possibilities as the well known Adobe Photoshop, but this one is free of charge and easier to use. You get editting opportunities for impressive effects. Our teachers use it to edit photographs for pr-purposes for Leerpodium. They also teach students how to edit photographs themselves using this learning tool.