My top ten tools
Jane Hart is compiling a list of top ten favourite tools ‘for creating learning for others, for your own professional practice or personal productivity’ at http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/top10tools.html.
- Gmail – definitely number 1. I love the way it collates messages into a single thread.
- iGoogle – to organise everything, and…
- Diigo – to bookmark, annotate, highlight and share. (For a description of how I use these two together for getting things done, see my blog posting, ‘GTD in my PLE‘)
- Zotero – I’ve built up a fantastic reference library using Zotero and the Firefox add-on, which enables one to save detailed referencing info from journal databases, Amazon and other sources with a single click. The bibliography function also takes the headaches out of writing reference lists.
- Weebly – The best wysiwyg software for creating websites I’ve ever found… It’s free but I’ve taken out a subscription for $27 that enables me to password-protect some pages of my sites. For an example, see the site I developed with and for the South African Institute for Distance Education using Weebly at www.saide.weebly.com. (Work in progress.)
- Gliffy – great, free tool for producing diagrams. All the diagrams in my blog were done using this.
- Elluminate – Still the best webconferencing tool I know of. I love Elluminate’s free vroom (virtual meeting room for three) – it’s a great alternative to Skype if you need to bypass office firewalls.
- Greenshot – Dead easy tool for capturing screenshots. And it’s free.
- Moodle – For managing learning communities. (I’m checking out Ning and Elgg though – wondering if they’re more user-friendly for both administrators and participants, even though probably less powerful.)
- Filemail – I saved the best for last. This is without question the best application for sending large files. All the others that I tried were so incredibly s-l-o-w that I gave up on them. (I read somewhere that they artificially slow down the upload/download speeds for customers who choose the free service… Filemail happily does not seem to subscribe to this practice.)