EDU100: Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019

Here are the Top 100 100 digital tools and services that are used in colleges and universities to underpin education. The number in brackets beside each tool shows its place on the Top 200 list. Underneath the table is some analysis of what this list (and the supporting comments) tells us about the state of higher education today.

1 YouTube (1) 2 PowerPoint (3) 3 Google Docs/Drive (6) 4 Word (7)
5 Zoom (10) 6 Google Search (2) 7 Kahoot (21) 8 Google Forms (26)
9 Padlet (30) 10 Excel (16) 11 Twitter (4) 12 WhatsApp (14)
13 OneNote (22) 14 WordPress (9) 15 Facebook (18) 16 Moodle (50)
17 Poll Everywhere (62) 18 Canvas (70) 19 Skype (19) 20 Flipgrid (72)
21 TED (24) 22 Outlook (38) 23 Snagit (27) 24 Camtasia (23)
25 Wikipedia (8) 26 Slack (12) 27 Wakelet (79) NEW 28 Adobe Captivate (37)
29 Adobe Photoshop (44) 30 Prezi (47) 31 Articulate (20) 32 iSpring (40)
33 Unsplash (87) 34 Microsoft Teams (11) 35 Google Chrome (35) 36 H5P (57)
37 Evernote (25) 38 Quizlet (91) 39 Screencast-O-matic (92) 40 Sway (94)
41 SurveyMonkey (97) 42 G-Suite (98) 43 Piktochart (100) 44 Plickers (102)
45 Dropbox (17) 46 Mentimeter (41) 47 Genially (73) 48 Google Scholar (39)
49 Microsoft Forms (106) 50 Loom (110) NEW 51 Pixabay (111) 52 Socrative (119)
53 Etherpad (120) BACK 54 Google Keep (83) 55 Thinglink (122) 56 Blackboard (130)
57 Google Sites (131) 58 Google Classroom (136) 59 BigBlue Button (142) BACK 60 Immersive Reader (145) NEW
61 PBWorks (147) 62 Screenastify (148) NEW 63 Trello (28) 64 Nearpod (150) BACK
65 Vimeo (66) 66 OneDrive (55) 67 Gmail (46) 68 Apple iMovie (153)
69 Adobe Spark (82) 70 Desire2Learn (154) 71 Canva (34) 72 Powtoon (67)
73 Adobe Connect (81) 74 Audacity (49) 75 Pinterest (31) 76 IsEazy (85)
77 Diigo (32) 78 Kaltura (159) 79 Glisser (162) 80 PebblePad (164)
81 Google Hangouts Meet (93) 82 HiHaho (59) 83 Apple Keynote (74) 84 Vyond (75)
85 Adobe Premiere (86) 86 Jamboard (113) 87 Mailchimp (143) 88 SharePoint (33)
89 Starleaf (169) 90 WeTransfer (149) NEW 91 Quizizz (177) BACK 92 Zotero (178) BACK
93 Moovly (117) 94 Easygenerator (42) 95 Notability (183) BACK 96 AnswerGarden (185) NEW
97 Easelly (186) 98 Firefox (125) 99 Wolfram Alpha (188) 100 Mahara (189)

Analysis

In the analysis of the PPL100 (Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning), I used the 4 D’s model of personal learning. If we apply this model to the EDU100 list we can see how these tools are being used to support learning in higher education.

  1. DISCOURSE (being taught) – As would be expected, the tools to design, deliver and manage FORMAL LEARNNG dominate the list
    • The traditional course management systems are still in heavy use as are the key presentation and course authoring tools, but new resource development tools are appearing, notably this year, screen recorders like Loom

“Great tool for screen recording with optional web cam integration. Doesn’t require install as it can be used as an extension on Chrome. I love it.” Learning Technologist, UK

    • When it comes to classroom engagement, whilst Kahoot is still the top tool, there are now many others in use, and new ones are entering the list too, like AnswerGarden.
  1. DISCOVERY (finding out oneself) – Some of the traditional tools to support students’ search and research are still very popular but newer curation tools to support INFORMAL LEARNING, like Wakelet, that can be used by students and lecturers alike are also emerging.

“Excellent curation tool that allows you to develop a rich media narrative that can be saved and shared.” Principal Lecturer, UK

  1. DISCOURSE (interacting with others) – SOCIAL LEARNING is a valued activity in education, and there is an increase in the tools and the platforms to support this – whether it be one-to-one communication tools, messaging tools, video meeting platforms or collaboration platforms. In fact, it is interesting to note the rise and importance of (enterprise) team platforms within education, like Slack and Microsoft Teams  (as this comment shows)

“It is a complete solution for sharing content and communicating with students and colleagues.”

  1. DOING (engaging in activities) – when it comes to STUDYING, then there are a number of tools on the list that support different students in HE -from note-taking to file-sharing. One of the interesting new tools on the list this year is, however, Immersive Reader (which is part of OneNote Learning Tools), since its purpose is to aid readability.

“Gaining steam in terms of availability on multiple apps, this tool supports emergent readers, second language learners and the rest of us.”

The graphic below plots the EDU100 tools around these 4 key learning areas.

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