13 – WhatsApp

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 10.54.13Same place as in 2016

Not just a a personal messaging app, but its broadcasting and group functionalities makes it a valuable tool both for educational and corporate activities.

Website whatsapp.com Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2017  11
Cost Free Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2017  30
Availability Download app Top 100 Tools for Education 2017  14
Past Overall Rankings
2016: 13 2015: 21 2014: 83 2013: 86 2012: – 2011: – 2010: – 2009: – 2008: – 2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected WhatsApp as one of their top tools in 2017

“With all the latest features, this tool has become my main backchannel tool, collecting material tool, sharing classroom resources tool. All the students are on it all the time, so it is a great instant gratification allround tool. What has made it the best is that you do not have a text limitation, it is visual (students take pictures of their work and share it quickly for class discussion), it can be projected using the web whatsapp, and you can share files now.” Maggie Verst, South Africa

“Groups for online collaboration and communication” Carlos Lopez March, Spain

Previous comments

“for communication with team and personal use” Lokesh Mehra, L&D Manager, India, 2016

“Easy to form groups (large, small) and individual messages with voice & images.” Amutha Navomoney, Adult Ed teacher, Malaysia, 2016

“Currently used more for social sharing, and less for learning. However, has immense potential for learning in closed groups.” Srividya Kumar, Consultant, India, 2016

“Create learning and discussion groups easily” L&D Manager, Germany, 2016

Easy to form groups (large, small) and individual messages with voice & images” Amutha Navomoney, 2016

“for quick communications” Washington Braga, 2015

I use this app to create private study groups, so that all members can stay in touch with one another.” 2015

“engage fast with kids/ friends” Thomas Jenewein 2013

“text as ask tool”  Paul Jacobs 2013