Top 150 Tools for Personal Learning 2021

The table shows the Top 150 tools for Personal Learning (PL150) in 2021. It also shows their overall ranking on the Top 300 list, as well as their ranking on the Top 150 tools for Workplace Learning (WL150) and the Top 150 Tools for Education (EDU15). NEW tools this year are highlighted in YELLOW, tools BACK on the list this year, in GREEN. Analysis of this year’s tools lists appears in the sidebar on the Top 300 list.

PL150 WL150 ED150 Tool brief description top 300
1 5 1 YouTube video hosting and sharing platform 1
2 3 5 Google Search search engine 3
3 9 LinkedIn professional social network 7
4 21 Twitter social network 8
5 8 16 Wikipedia online encyclopaedia 9
6 1 4 Zoom video meeting platform 2
7 12 15 WhatsApp messaging app 10
8 7 8 Word MS word processing tool 12
9 10 2 Google Docs & Drive office suite/file sharing platform 6
10 19 Facebook social network 14
11 23 58 WordPress blogging/website platform 21
12 2 13 Microsoft Teams enterprise collaboration platform 4
13 4 3 PowerPoint MS presentation tool 5
14 29 11 Gmail email client 22
15 Instagram photo sharing social network 25
16 Feedly RSS reader 27
17 11 17 Excel MS spreadsheet tool 15
18 17 67 Dropbox file sharing platform 28
19 56 26 Telegram messaging app 31
20 20 36 OneNote digital notebook from Microsoft 32
21 Spotify audio/podcast platform 33
22 48 7 Google Meet video meeting platform 16
23 Kindle Reader  e-book reader 41
24 16 82 Trello project/team tool 24
25 Apple Podcasts podcasts player/app 45
26 22 6 Canva graphics tool 13
27 39 20 Google Chrome web browser 36
28 97 Udemy online course platform 49
29 45 LinkedIn Learning  online course platform 51
30 Pocket curation tool 58
31 91 35 Google Maps maps tool/app 59
32 Inoreader RSS reader 60
33 Duolingo language learning app 61
34 73 55 Grammarly grammar checker 64
35 40 Coursera online course platform 65
36 Diigo curation/bookmarking tool 68
37 58 27 Google Translate online translation tool 47
38 52 Google Keep digital notebook 72
39 54 23 Genially graphics tool 40
40 59 85 Apple Keynote presentation software from Apple 73
41 47 61 OneDrive file sharing platform from Microsoft 74
42 51 Google Calendar online calendar 77
43 Readwise article/book highlighter 81
44 = DuckDuckGo non-tracking search engine 82
45 Zapier workflow automation tool 85
46 Safari web browser from Apple 89
47 72 Evernote digital notebook 90
48 24 37 Outlook email client from Microsoft 34
49 53 111 WeTransfer file sharing platform 96
50 6 Slack team collaboration platform 11
51 43 89 Yammer enterprise social network from Microsoft 75
52 Netflix documentaries/films 101
53 105 edX online course platform 104
54 Tweetdeck twitter client 105
55 Pocket Casts podcast player 106
56 64 Blogger blogging platform 109
57 30 76 Skype messaging and calling app 48
58 Google Alerts alerts to new web resources 110
59 Audible audio books 112
60 32 Wakelet curation tool 56
61 Raindrop bookmark manager 114
62 57 Pinterest curation platform 100
63 Discord community app 117
64 78 Acrobat Reader PDF reader 122
65 Omnigraffle diagramming tool 126
66 Bublup visual organiser 127
67 Firefox web browser 128
68 120 62 Calendly online scheduler 107
69 Overcast podcast player 131
70 76 Mindstone platform to organise/share notes 132
71 92 getAbstract book summaries 137
72 Drops learn a language in 5 mins/day 138
73 39 Viber messaging app 78
74 Google Assistant virtual assistant 139
75 Mindmanager mindmapping tool 140
76 40 Prezi online presentation too 79
77 Google Drawings drawing tool at Google Docs 148
78 Apple Clips video editing for iPhone 149
79 Highbrow 5 min daily lessons 151
80 60 54 TED Talks inspirational videos 97
81 Google Lens image recognition app 159
82 28 68 Audacity audio recording/editing tool 44
83 85 14 Padlet organize & share content on bulletin boards 26
84 112 65 Piktochart infographics tool 113
85 83 Jitsi Meet video meeting platform 160
86 99 Anders Pink curation platform 162
87 ilovepdf.com PDF tool 168
88 129 Streamyard live video streaming platform 170
89 100 Medium blogging tool 171
90 Blubrry podcasting platform 174
91 50 Google Scholar academic search engine 88
92 Udacity online course platform 175
93 Anchor podcasting platform 179
94 Codecademy online course platform 182
95 32 45 Whereby video meeting platform 53
96 Todoist information organiser 183
97 79 Mendeley research organiser 144
98 104 Apple Mail email client from Apple 185
99 26 99 Vimeo video hosting and sharing platform 39
100 123 Start.me start page/web organiser 190
101 Franz all-in-one messaging app 191
102 Apple Pages document tool from Apple 192
103 podcast.co podcasting platform 196
104 115 Milanote ideas/project organiser 198
105 52 DeepL online translation tool 95
106 113 Blinkist book summaries 201
107 102 Paint.net image and photo editing software 204
108 103 Khan Academy online course platform 205
109 Apple Notes note taking app for iPhone 208
110 100 Slideshare presentation hosting and sharing platform 202
111 70 Coggle mindmapping tool 119
112 108 124 elink build anything with Web pages 195
113 FutureLearn online course platform 218
114 62 Degreed learning platform 111
115 105 Scoopit curation tool 212
116 112 Etherpad online editor 219
117 78 Google Sites website platform 141
118 Scrivener writing tool for long documents 227
119  OmniOutliner outlining tool 228
120 136 Wix website development platform 229
121 IFTTT workflow automation tool 232
122 Xing German social network 233
123 italki language learning community 234
124 bitly shorten, share and track web links 235
125 84 Mindmeister mindmapping tool 161
126 86 Apple iMovie video editing tool from Apple 169
127 114 Snip & Sketch screenshot tool 203
128 Meetup organise online groups for in-person events 240
129 Podcast Addict manage podcast from a single app 245
130 116 Workplace by Facebook enterprise collaboration platform 207
131 Dabble online writing tool 246
132 Buffer social media dashboard 247
133 108 Lino sticky online pinboard 215
134 Ecosia search the Web and help plant trees 248
135 ModelThinkers work smarter through actionable mental models 257
136 130 Lucidchart online diagramming app 236
137 E-Learning Heroes community for Articulate developers 259
138 Zotero collect, organise and share research 260
139 TikTok video sharing social network 261
140 119 MS Edge Microsoft’s web browser 211
141 WeChat message and calling app 263
142 Obsidian powerful personal knowledge base 265
143 GoBrunch live webinars and virtual meetings 266
144 SelfControl block access to distracting websites 273
145 143 Box file sharing platform 271
146 tweetbot twitter client for the Mac 275
147 Pinboard bookmarking site 285
148 Double Commander open source file manager 289
149 1Password password manager 291
150 Laracasts screencasts for developers 297
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