Top Tools for Learning 2018

The Top Tools for Learning 2018 list was compiled by Jane Hart at the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies from the results of the 12th Annual Digital Learning Tools Survey, and released on 24 September 2018. [Find out more about the survey and read Jane’s analysis of this year’s list.]

Below you will find an interactive table of the Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018. This table also shows their presence on 3 sub-lists, how they fit into 30 defined categories of tools as well as their change in position since 2017. (You can sort each column using the up/down arrows to the right of each column, and filter using Search. Click a tool name to find out more it.)

3 sub-lists

  1. Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018 (PPL 100)
  2. Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2018 (WPL 100)
  3. Top 100 Tools for Education 2018 (EDU 100)
Notes

  • 101 in the sub-lists denotes not on the list.
  • Since only 23% of the votes came from education/academia this list is skewed towards personal and workplace tools, in which case those from education may find the EDU 100 list more relevant
RankToolPPL 100WPL 100EDU 100DescriptionCategoryCHANGE
1YouTube122Video sharing platform01: Web resources (and apps)SAME
2Powerpoint611Presentation software07: Presentation toolsUP 01
3Google Search245Web search engine04: Web search enginesDOWN 01
4Twitter31015Public social network21: Social networks (and tools)UP 01
5LinkedIn47101Professional social network21: Social networks (and tools)UP 02
6Google Docs & Drive534Cloud-based office suite & storage09: Office suitesDOWN 02
7Word953Word processing software06: Document toolsDOWN 01
8WordPress71314Blogging and website software10: Blog and Web page toolsUP 01
9Slack15631Team collaboration tool23: Collaboration platformsUP 03
10Zoom18810Video meeting tool22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsUP 18
11Wikipedia81713Collaborative encyclopedia01: Web resources (and apps)DOWN 01
12WhatsApp10189Messaging app22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsUP 01
13Dropbox11924Cloud-based document storage24: File sharing platformsUP 03
14Feedly12101101RSS and news reader/aggregator02: News and curation toolsUP 04
15Facebook1310117Public social network21: Social networks (and tools)DOWN 07
16OneNote161211Digital notebook28: Digital notebooksUP 05
17Excel281118Spreadsheet software08: Spreadsheet toolsSAME
18Skype141426Messaging app (text and video)22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsDOWN 07
19Prezi191612Online presentation tool07: Presentation toolsSAME
20Kahoot101366Classroom response tool19: Audience response toolsSAME
21Trello271532Team project tracker23: Collaboration platformsUP 01
22Canva48198Graphic design tool12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsUP 15
23Articulate1012033E-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsUP 02
24Camtasia1012130Screencasting tool11: Screenshot & screencasting toolsSAME
25Snagit1012520Screen capture tool11: Screenshot & screencasting toolsDOWN 02
26Instagram1740101Photo sharing social network21: Social networks (and tools)UP 08
27Microsoft Teams422234Team collaboration tool23: Collaboration platformsUP 52
28Padlet101377Online corkboard26: Other collaboration toolsUP 08
29Pinterest2010144Visual bookmarking tool02: News and curation toolsDOWN 02
30TED Talks/Ed213862Inspirational videos & video mixing app01: Web resources (and apps)UP 01
31Coursera2235101Online course platform03: Web course platformsUP 01
32Easygenerator1012335E-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsUP 01
33Adobe Captivate1012477E-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsUP 05
34Lynda/LI Learning2339101Online courses (also part of LinkedIn)03: Web course platformsUP 15
35Pocket24101101Save it for later tool02: News and curation toolsUP 12
36Udemy25101101Online courses03: Web course platformsUP 29
37H5P1012645HTML5 content creator15: Interactive video and content toolsUP 50
38Evernote2641101Digital notebook28: Digital notebooksDOWN 23
39Yammer4427101Enterprise social network23: Collaboration platformsDOWN 25
40SharePoint10128101Social intranet platform23: Collaboration platformsUP 01
41Gmail294219Cloud based email client25: Email toolsDOWN 02
42Moodle1014316Educational course management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSDOWN 07
43Adobe Photoshop1012961Image editing software12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsUP 03
44Audacity1013336Audio editing software13: Audio and podcasting toolsDOWN 14
45Powtoon1014421Animated explainer tool16: Animated explainer toolsDOWN 16
46Outlook463048Email client (part of Microsoft Office)25: Email toolsUP 05
47Degreed3052101Lifelong learning platform20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 86
48Diigo3110149Social bookmarking tool02: News and curation toolsDOWN 05
49Cisco WebEx10131101Webinar platform22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsUP 11
50OneDrive473227Cloud-based document storage24: File sharing platformsUP 54
51Google Scholar3210191Scholarly search engine04: Web search enginesDOWN 11
52Google Keep3354101Digital notebook28: Digital notebooksUP 45
53Vimeo343492Video sharing platform01: Web resources (and apps)DOWN 01
54Google Chrome3510193Web browser05: Web browsersUP 07
55Blogger36101101Blogging tool10: Blog and Web page toolsUP 15
56iSpring10145101E-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsDOWN 08
57Apple Keynote506778Presentation tool 07: Presentation toolsUP 15
58Vyond (prev GoAnimate)1014698Animated explainer tool16: Animated explainer toolsUP 10
59Google Forms1016622Forms and survey tool17: Forms, survey and quiz toolsDOWN 17
60Adobe Connect1014728Webinar platform22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsUP 06
61Quizlet10110123Quizzing tool17: Forms, survey and quiz toolsDOWN 07
62Grammarly3710160Grammar & plagiarism checker29: Personal productivity toolsDOWN 04
63Flipboard38101101Curate your own social news magazine02: News and curation toolsUP 17
64Kindle39101101e-Book reader30: Personal DevicesUP 03
65Poll Everywhere1014829Audience response tool19: Audience response toolsUP 77
66Google Maps4010194Online mapping tool29: Personal productivity toolsDOWN 21
67Duolingo41101101Language learning app03: Web course platformsDOWN 05
68Slideshare43101101Presentation sharing platform01: Web resources (and apps)DOWN 42
69HiHaHo1014959Interactive video tool15: Interactive video and content toolsUP 39
70Sway10110125Web presentation tool (from Microsoft)07: Presentation toolsDOWN 11
71Genially 1015052Interactive content creation platform15: Interactive video and content tools
72Adobe Illustrator10151101Image editing software12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsUP 23
73Medium45101101Blogging tool10: Blog andWeb page toolsUP 74
74Adobe Premiere1015399Video editing software14: Video creation and editing toolsUP 02
75TweetDeck49101101Twitter client21: Social networks (and tools)DOWN 11
76Confluence10155101Team collaboration tool23: Collaboration platformsUP 24
77Screencast-o-matic1016837Screencasting tool11: Screenshot & screencasting toolsDOWN 04
78Anders Pink5856101Curation platform02: News and curation toolsUP 48
79Adobe Acrobat Pro10157101PDF creation tool06: Document toolsUP 22
80Wunderlist 51101101Task management tool29: Personal productivity tools
81edX52101101Online courses03: Web course platformsUP 76
82Piktochart10110138Infographic tool12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsUP 45
83Adobe After Effects10158101Video effects software14: Video creation and editing toolsUP 49
84SurveyMonkey1015995Survey tool17: Forms, survey and quiz toolsDOWN 34
85Google Hangouts & Meet909450Video meeting platform22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsSAME
86FutureLearn53101101Online courses from the Open University03: Web course platformsUP 02
87Canvas10110139Educational course management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 04
88G Suite10110140Customisable Google tools23: Collaboration platformsDOWN 44
89Evolve Authoring 10160101HTML5 e-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring tools
90Soundcloud5461101Cloud-based audio sharing platform01: Web resources (and apps)UP 02
91Flipgrid10110142Educational video discussion platform22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsUP 22
92Mentimeter1016241Audience response tool19: Audience response toolsUP 21
93Microsoft Forms10110143Online survey creator17: Forms, survey and quiz tools
94Audible55101101Audiobooks from Amazon01: Web resources (and apps)UP 07
95Google Calendar5673101Personal and collaborative calendar29: Personal productivity toolsDOWN 14
96Pixabay10163101Photo image collection12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsDOWN 43
97Google Translate57101101Online translator29: Personal productivity toolsDOWN 40
98Google Sites10110146Website tool10: Blog and Web page toolsDOWN 24
99Adobe Audition10164101Audio editing software13: Audio and podcasting toolsUP 42
100MailChimp10165101Create email campaigns25: Email toolsUP 16
101isEazy 1018547Interactive e-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring tools
102MindMeister59101101Mindmapping tool27: Mindmapping toolsUP 13
103Screenflow10110151Screencasting tool11: Screenshot & screencasting toolsDOWN 14
104Snapchat60101101Photo sharing social network21: Social networks (and tools)UP 01
105Adobe InDesign10169100Interactive PDF editor06: Document toolsUP 12
106Stack Overflow61101101Community of IT developers21: Social networks (and tools)
107Codecademy62101101Online coding courses03: Web course platformsUP 07
108Apple iPhone63101101Apple smartphone30: Personal DevicesDOWN 30
109Xing64101101Professional social network21: Social networks (and tools)DOWN 21
110Udutu1017089E-Learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsDOWN 14
111Unsplash10110153Photo image collection12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsUP 17
112Pluralsight 65101101Online technology courses03: Web course platforms
113Paper.li66101101Daily newspaper of tweets02: News and curation toolsRETURNS
114Google Classroom10110154Educational classroom management tool20: Learning Platforms & LMSDOWN 45
115Apple Watch67101101Apple smart watch30: Personal DevicesDOWN 12
116Nuzzel68101101Personal news discovery02: News and curation toolsUP 03
117Blinkist69101101Book abstracts01: Web resources (and apps)UP 47
118Axonify10171101Micro-learning platform20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 40
119Blackboard1017955Educational course management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSDOWN 09
120Socrative10110156Student response system19: Audience response toolsDOWN 27
121Totara10172101Moodle-based course management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 04
122Google Alerts70101101Web monitoring service02: News and curation toolsDOWN 01
123Moovly1017496Animated explainer tool16: Animated explainer toolsUP 07
124Inoreader71101101RSS and news reader02: News and curation toolsUP 45
125Power BI 10175101
Data visualization tool12: Image, graphic & infographics tools
126aNewSpring10176101Learning management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 27
127Gomo Learning10177101
E-Learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring tools
128WeVideo10110157Video editing software14: Video creation and editing toolsUP 46
129Adobe Spark1017897Graphics design tool12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsUP 25
130Overcast72101101Podcast app01: Web resources (and apps)RETURNS
131Doodle9180101Collaborative event scheduling26: Other collaboration toolsRETURNS
132Bitly9210158URL/link shortener29: Personal productivity toolsRETURNS
133Castro73101101Podcasting app01: Web resources (and apps)
134GoToMeeting10181101Web meeting tool22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsDOWN 44
135Plickers10110163Student response tool19: Audience response tools
136Desire2Learn (D2L)10110164Educational course management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 24
137Glisser1019165Audience engagement tool19: Audience response tools
138Firefox74101101Open source web browser05: Web browsersDOWN 39
139Wolfram Alpha10110166Computational knowledge engine04: Web search enginesUP 61
140Curatr10182101Social Learning platform20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 35
141DeepL Translator75101101Online translator29: Personal productivity toolsUP 57
142Apple iTunes/U76101101Music, podcast and course player01: Web resources (and apps)UP 14
143Asana10183101Team collaboration tool23: Collaboration platformsUP 46
144Mahara10110167e-Portfolio platform20: Learning Platforms & LMSRETURNS
145GIMP10110168Image editor12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsRETURNS
146Apple iMovie7710169Video editing software14: Video creation and editing toolsDOWN 26
147Voicethread10110170Collaborative presentation tool26: Other collaboration toolsUP 47
148Knovio10184101Video platform14: Video creation and editing tools
149Wordle10110171Word cloud generator06: Document toolsDOWN 09
150Omnigraffle78101101Diagramming tool12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsDOWN 16
151BlueJeans10186101Web conferencing platform22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsSAME
152EdPuzzle10110172Educational interactive video editor15: Interactive video and content toolsRETURNS
153Microsoft Edge9387101Microsoft's web browser05: Web browsers
154Wix10110173Website tool10: Blog and Web page toolsDOWN 60
155LibreOffice10110174Open source office suite09: Office suitesRETURNS
156Apple iPad7910175Apple tablet30: Personal DevicesDOWN 38
157Branchtrack10188101Scenario-based e-learning tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsDOWN 80
158Udacity80101101Online courses for the digital economy03: Web course platforms
159DuckDuckGo81101101Search engine that doesn't track you04: Web search engines
160Lectora10189101E-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsDOWN 77
161PebblePad9410176Learning platform20: Learning Platforms & LMSSAME
162Highbrow82101101Daily micro-lessons03: Web course platforms
163Jive10190101Enterprise collaboration platform23: Collaboration platformsUP 06
164Adapt10192101E-learning authoring tool18: E-Learning authoring toolsDOWN 42
165Apple Pages8393101Word processing tool06: Document toolsDOWN 20
166Smartsheet10195101Enterprise collaboration platform23: Collaboration platforms
167Franz84101101Message tool aggregator22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsDOWN 43
168Tableau10196101Interactive data visualisation tool12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsDOWN 13
169Easel.ly10110179Infographic design platform12: Image, graphic & infographics tools
170FreeMind85101101Mind mapping tool27: Mindmapping toolsSAME
171IFTTT86101101Connect data and services29: Personal productivity toolsDOWN 33
172Teamviewer10197101Online meeting and support tool22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsDOWN 86
173GoodReader87101101PDF reader01: Web resources (and apps)UP 05
174ThingLink10110180Interactive content tool15: Interactive video and content toolsRETURNS
175Khan Academy8810187Educational online courses03: Web course platformsDOWN 91
176Wisemapping89101101Mind mapping tool27: Mindmapping toolsDOWN 53
177Infogram10110181Infographic tool12: Image, graphic & infographics toolsDOWN 29
178Thinkific10198101Platform to sell your own courses20: Learning Platforms & LMSDOWN 69
179Monosnap10110182Screenshot tool11: Screenshot & screencasting tools
180me:time10199101Personal learning platform20: Learning Platforms & LMS
181Hootsuite95101101Social media dashboard21: Social networks (and tools)DOWN 29
182Remind10110183Messaging app for schools22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsDOWN 01
183Office Lens96101101Makes photos of whiteboards readable29: Personal productivity toolsDOWN 39
184Schoology10110184Educational course management system20: Learning Platforms & LMSUP 04
185Edmodo10110185(Social) learning platform for schools20: Learning Platforms & LMSDOWN 110
186Wooclap10110186Classroom engagement tool19: Audience response tools
187Discourse101100101Modern forum software22: Message, meeting & webinar tools
188Google+97101101Google's public social network21: Social networks (and tools)DOWN 90
189Bing98101101Microsoft's web search engine04: Web search enginesDOWN 13
190getAbstract99101101Book abstracts01: Web resources (and apps)
191StarLeaf101101101Messaging app22: Message, meeting & webinar tools
192Appear.in101101101Video collaboration platform22: Message, meeting & webinar toolsDOWN 30
193Kaltura10110188Video platform14: Video creation and editing toolsRETURNS
194Swiftkey100101101Intelligent keyboard app29: Personal productivity tools
195Scoopit101101101Curation tool02: News and curation toolsDOWN 139
196COYO101101101Enterprise social network23: Collaboration platforms
197Podio101101101Team collaboration platform23: Collaboration platforms
198Haiku Deck101101101Presentation tool07: Presentation toolsRETURNS
199Alison101101101Onine course platform03: Web course platformsDOWN 34
200Slido10110190Audience engagment tool19: Audience response tools