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Top Free Tools for Learning

Presentation to eLearning Network on Friday 23 November 2007

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Top Free Tools for Learning

  1. The Top Free Tools for Learning Jane Hart Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies www.C4LPT.co.uk
  3. What is “free” <ul><li>Freeware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>offered free of charge.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>might have an End User Licence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>each license will be particular to the software, but generally you can't re-sell it although you might be able to redistribute it.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>tightens up sometimes loose freeware arrangements.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>made available as source code under a copyright license which allows users to copy, use and modify it provided that you agree to provide the source to others.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a number of open source licences, e.g. the GNU Public License.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Liteware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free version of commercial software.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>often doesn’t offer full functionality, or will display ads, or will only support a small number of users or pieces of content.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trialware </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free software that expires within a period of time or watermarks the content until the full software is purchased. </li></ul></ul>
  4. Availability <ul><li>Download </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install on personal computers or servers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based tools or services </li></ul></ul>
  6. Top Tools for Learning <ul><li>“What are your 10 favourite tools for your personal learning/working or for creating learning for others?” </li></ul>
  9. Results <ul><li>109 respondents from academic and corporate training worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 tools mentioned </li></ul><ul><li>100 tools mentioned 3 or more times </li></ul><ul><li>50 mentioned twice </li></ul><ul><li>Not all “dedicated” learning tools – many are multi-purpose tools </li></ul><ul><li>Over 75% of tools are FREE </li></ul>
  10. Top 100 Tools <ul><li>Personal Tools tools for managing your own learning </li></ul><ul><li>Producer Tools tools for creating and delivering informational, instructional, collaborative and performance support solutions </li></ul>
  11. Personal Tools <ul><li>Free tools for managing your own learning </li></ul>
  12. 1 <ul><li>“ window into the Web” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ease of use”, “functionality” </li></ul><ul><li>“ hundreds of add-ons”, e.g. Zotero, ScribeFire, FireBug </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox 3 very soon! </li></ul>
  14. <ul><li>online social bookmarking tool </li></ul><ul><li>“ store, tag and share bookmarks” </li></ul><ul><li>“ search for and find bookmarks” </li></ul><ul><li>“ find out about new things” </li></ul>2
  15. <ul><li>instant messaging tool to download </li></ul><ul><li>“ VoIP and low-cost calls to landlines” </li></ul><ul><li>“ useful for collaboration” </li></ul><ul><li>“ third-party add-ons extend its functionality” </li></ul>3=
  16. <ul><li>invaluable search engine </li></ul><ul><li>“ Googling” is essential </li></ul><ul><li>“ ultimate e-learning tool” </li></ul><ul><li>for some “represents the whole Google brand” </li></ul>3=
  18. <ul><li>most popular e-mail tool </li></ul><ul><li>web-based (although now IMAP) </li></ul><ul><li>“search”, “tagging”, “threaded conversations” </li></ul><ul><li>“large amount of storage space” </li></ul>7=
  19. <ul><li>open source cross-platform email client </li></ul><ul><li>from Mozilla (as Firefox) </li></ul><ul><li>“ stable”, “easy to use”, “easy on memory”, “reads RSS” </li></ul><ul><li>“ growing range of add-ons” </li></ul>22=
  20. 7= <ul><li>web-based RSS/feed reader </li></ul><ul><li>“ to read blog postings and other news” </li></ul><ul><li>“ to learn from others” </li></ul>
  22. <ul><li>web-based start page tool </li></ul><ul><li>“ to aggregate all the Google resources on your desktop” – gMail, Google Calendar and productivity apps </li></ul><ul><li>“ personalised desktop” </li></ul>17=
  24. Producer Tools <ul><li>Free tools for creating and delivering informational, instructional, collaborative and performance support solutions </li></ul>
  25. <ul><li>web-based document creation </li></ul><ul><li>“ create, store and share documents and spreadsheets “(now also presentations) </li></ul><ul><li>“ work on your own or collaboratively” </li></ul><ul><li>publicly or privately viewable on the web </li></ul><ul><li>import docs from MS Word or OpenOffice </li></ul>14
  27. <ul><li>Open source office suite to download </li></ul><ul><li>Documents, spreadsheets, presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Convert materials to PDF, and presentations to SWF </li></ul>26=
  29. <ul><li>popular hosted blogging tool (1m+ blogs) </li></ul><ul><li>easy to use, attractive themes, useful widgets, stats reporting </li></ul><ul><li>“ for personal and professional blogging and networking”, “helping others learn via blog” </li></ul>6
  31. <ul><li>online wiki tool </li></ul><ul><li>for “collaborative working and learning” </li></ul><ul><li>for “collaborative documentation” </li></ul><ul><li>for “brainstorming”, “formal class websites”, “discussions”, etc </li></ul>15
  33. <ul><li>online tool for hosting and sharing presentations (public or private) </li></ul><ul><li>created in PPT, OO or Keynote </li></ul><ul><li>link or embed </li></ul><ul><li>synchronise with MP3 file for slidecasting </li></ul><ul><li>for screencasting too </li></ul>26=
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  35. <ul><li>upload and share videos (public or private) </li></ul><ul><li>public videos = useful resource </li></ul><ul><li>link to or embed videos (web and blog pages and PPT) </li></ul><ul><li>for company & product briefings, screencasting, etc </li></ul>22=
  37. <ul><li>cross-platform open source sound editor and recorder to download </li></ul><ul><li>“ easy to record and edit” </li></ul><ul><li>“ for recording audio files and podcasts” </li></ul>11
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  39. <ul><li>instant real-time desktop sharing </li></ul><ul><li>“ virtual meetings and web conferencing “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ whiteboard, annotate and share files” </li></ul><ul><li>invite up to 10 people for free </li></ul><ul><li>Skype plug-in now available </li></ul><ul><li>liteware </li></ul>72=
  41. <ul><li>tool to create and customise your own social network / community </li></ul><ul><li>for “sharing information”, “discussion”, “blogging”, etc </li></ul>26= Ning
  43. <ul><li>open source course management system </li></ul><ul><li>to download and install on server </li></ul><ul><li>provides sophisticated functionality of an educational CMS and more </li></ul><ul><li>easy to use </li></ul>12=
  46. <ul><li>open source authoring tool to develop web pages for e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>aimed at teachers at academics </li></ul><ul><li>can export as web pages (for a webserver) or SCORM compliant content (for a CMS) </li></ul>72=
  48. <ul><li>course authoring tool + course templates </li></ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG environment – PowerPoint-like interface </li></ul><ul><li>courses can include narration </li></ul><ul><li>can be published to web, LMS or CD </li></ul>101=
  52. PDF Top 150 Tools – by popularity Top 150 Tools - by category Top 150 Tools alphabetically (cost, availability, platform)
  54. Top Tools 2008
  55. www.C4LPT.co.uk