3 – PowerPoint

Back down to No 3 position in 2019. Consistently high placement on the list over the last 13 years.

PowerPoint is Microsoft’s versatile presentation tool, used not just for presentation, and e-learning but for graphic design and much more.

Website: microsoft.com/powerpoint
Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Availability: Download. Online at Office365

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 5
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 1
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 2

Past Overall Rankings
2018:  2      2017: 3        2016: 4       2015: 5      2014: 4      2013: 5
2012: 8.      2011: 19     2010: 21      2009: 13     2008: 8     2007: 5

Comments from those who selected PowerPoint as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “PowerPoint is like the Swiss army knife of digital content tools. If I could only choose one thing to create content, it would be PowerPoint. Things I’ve created with PowerPoint include slides, videos, ebooks, custom graphics, print materials/workbooks, banners/signs, t-shirts, coffee mugs and more.” Mike Taylor, USA https://mike-taylor.org/2019/07/02/mike-taylors-2019-top-10-learning-tools/
  • “I often use PowerPoint to produce content to share, like eBooks, slide docs, presentations, simple infographics and PDF files. It’s easier to do a layout with graphics in PowerPoint than in Word.” Connie Malamed, learning experience design consultant, uSA http://theelearningcoach.com/reviews/top-ten-tools-in-my-ple/
  • “When it comes to producing stuff (eg resources), I now believe in keeping things as simple as possible; I don’t over-engineer content. I find that I can quickly create effective content using basic tools like Word and PowerPoint. At the end of the day, the people I create things for are adults – and they don’t want or need trivial or gratuitous “bells and whistles”!” Jane Hart, UK https://modernworkplacelearning.com/magazine/janes-top-ten-2019/ 
  • “Under-rated I think, because it has been around for so long but I find alternatives disappointing and lacking in features.” Learning Technologist, UK
  • “PowerPoint is soooooo much more than slides, and I use it ALL THE TIME. I love how easy it is to use as a graphics tool, love the animations available, and you can make some pretty great videos in PPT, too.” Senior eLearn ing Designer and Developer, USA
  • “By shaping and reshaping industry and internal presentations in PowerPoint, I find new questions and further my understanding of my own topics” CLO Australia
  • “There are so many different effects you can do with this tool. Also I use it as a graphic design tool to create special graphics for e-Learning. I also use it to create job aids, infographics, and storyboards.” Instructional Designer, USA
  • “It’s not dead, it has just found a new life as a visual aid to storytelling, and no longer should be the story itself” Manager of Product Development, USA
  • “as a powerpoint addict there is nothing better to present and support your story visually” Digital Learning Expert, Netherlands
  • “I hate to write this but the reality is this tool continues to be critical knowledge sharing tool” Group Head of Learning, UK
  • “Still a standard all encompassing tool that can be transferred into other technologies” Head of Learning, Australia
  • “Better than ever with new design features” Learning Content Developer, Spain
  • “It’s available to almost everyone and it’s what i’m comfortable using. It’s my go-to program for graphics.” Instructional Designer, USA
  • “This is a great tool for brief and effective reporting to consumers. PowerPoint capabilities for creating self-contained educational tools are not well appreciated. I am now engaged in a multimedia project, where I use this tool to describe one of the most important events of the Ancient World.” University Lecturer, Russia
  • “Ok, I would like to live without ppt, but does help organize thoughts and concepts for presentations. I would just like to see people use it better. Cut out the bad habits of too much narrative, reading from slides etc.” Assistant Professor, USA
  • “You can create good images by combining different elements, as well as presentations. I use it for creating vector images as well.” Senior Portfolio Manager, Sweden
  • “Versatile” Senior HRD, Japan
  • “I use PowerPoint to present something during workshops, but I also make manuals with PowerPoint, which I then export to pdf.” Teacher Trainer, Netherlands
  • “Present topics in a crisp manner” Trainer, India
  • “Perfect for Online und Offline, also to generate Learning Content in Video Format” Consultant, Germany
  • “For creating webinar content” Organisational Development Manager, UK
  • “With PowerPoint we can make videos of our presentations, easy to maneuver and make animations” Skills Training Coordinator, USA
  • “I know: sheets are not hip anymore, and PPT is for the ‘old guys’. But it still helps me best to structure my thoughts by making sheets, based on images. You learn best if you have to learn others. So as a teacher, this still works great for me.”
  • “It has evolved a lot over the years. What we used to do with a number of different tools can be done directly with Powerpoint now.”
  • “Easy to manipulate and use with many other tools/programs” Training specialist, USA
  • “Have used PowerPoint for decades. Therefore, no learning curve and it keeps getting better.” Manager, Professional Development, Australia
  • “Our everything for presentations. And with the ability to quickly insert screenshots, it has become irreplaceable for me.” College Professor, Russia
  • “Best presentation tool, easy to use. Use it frequently for personal purposes and at work.” Lecturer, Malaysia

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