PPL100: Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019

Here are the Top 100 digital tools and services that individuals use for their own self-improvement, learning and development . The number in brackets is the tool’s ranking on the overall Top 200 listing. Underneath the table is an analysis of this list with an infographic.

1 YouTube (1) 2 Google Search (2) 3 Twitter (4) 4 LinkedIn (5)
5 PowerPoint (3) 6 Google Docs/Drive (6) 7 Wikipedia (8) 8 Word (7)
9 LinkedIn Learning (13) 10 WordPress (9) 11 WhatsApp (14) 12 Feedly (15)
13 Dropbox (17) 14 Facebook (18) 15 Skype (19) 16 Slack (12)
17 TED (24) 18 Evernote (25) 19 Udemy (29) 20 Microsoft Teams (11)
21 OneNote (22) 22 Pinterest (31) 23 Diigo (32) 24 Excel (16)
25 Zoom (10) 26 Google Chrome (35) 27 Google Scholar (39) 28 Tweetdeck (43)
29 Google Translate (45) 30 Trello (28) 31 Gmail (46) 32 Instagram (48)
33 Medium (51) 34 Blogger (52) 35 Outlook (38) 36 Coursera (53)
37 Apple Podcasts (54) NEW 38 Pocket (56) 39 Duolingo (58) 40 Audible (61)
41 MindMeister (63) 42 Kindle App (71) 43 Yammer (36) 44 Apple Keynote (74)
45 Inoreader (76) 46 Google Maps (77) 47 Grammarly (78) 48 Google Keep (83)
49 Stack Overflow (84) 50 Prezi (47) 51 Slideshare (89) 52 Flipboard (90)
53 edX (101) 54 FutureLearn (103) 55 Pocket Casts (105) BACK 56 Quora (107)
57 Canva (34) 58 Google Calendar (108) 59 iVoox (112) NEW 60 SoundCloud (114)
61 Udacity (115) 62 getAbstract (116) 63 Degreed (65) 64 OneDrive (55)
65 Anders Pink (69) 66 Xing (118) 67 Codecademy (121) 68 deepL (123)
69 Firefox (125) 70 Scoopit (127) 71 Wakelet (79) NEW 72 Wordreference (132)
73 Xmind (133) BACK 74 Meetup (134) NEW 75 Nuzzel (137) 76 Blinkist (138)
77 Google Alerts (139) 78 Overast (146) 79 WeTransfer (149) NEW 80 Castro (155)
81 Google Hangouts Meet (93) 82 Appear.in (124) 83 Pluralsight (156) 84 Podcast Addict (157) NEW
85 Apple iMovie (153) 86 Highbrow (158) 87 IFTTT (160) 88 DuckDuckGo (163)
89 Omnigraffle (165) 90 Mind Tools (151) NEW 91 Apple Pages (166) 92 Vimeo (66)
93 Microsoft Edge (167) 94 Freemind (170) 95 Zapier (171) 96 Bing (172)
97 Khan Academy (173) 98 Office Lens (174) 99 Snapchat (175) 100 Alison (176)

Analysis

This year’s PPL list – together with the comments on to how the tools are used – shows that many individuals are clearly Modern Learners. They learn for many different reasons, not just to develop new knowledge and skills, but to solve problems as well as for inspiration as well as for  the joy of learning. They do this in 4 keys, which I call the 4 D’s of Learning:

  1. DIDACTICS – When it comes to acquiring a new body of knowledge, individuals will probably prefer being taught and so like to take an online course –  hence a wide range appear on the list, the most popular of which is LinkedIn Learning, as this comment explains

“I use LinkedIn Learning to continue to keep my skills up to date and to learn new skills to help me develop in my job. I also use it to recommend courses to others who also have LinkedIn Learning.”

  1. DISCOVERY – When it comes to problem-solving or keeping up to date though, modern learners prefer to find things out for themselves using different types of web resources.
    • This year, podcasts are an extremely popular way of finding out stuff, and Apple Podcasts comes out top tool for its podcasts and its player.

“This is the app I use for finding, subscribing and listening to podcasts, one of the least intrusive ways to learn.”

    • Modern learners also use a number of tools and services to help them curate and be notified of new web resources. Feedly is the top tool for this, as it allows users to subscribe to blogs and be alerted to new posts (as this comment shows).

“Feedly is my key tool for keeping up to date across a range of personal and professional interests.”

  1. DISCOURSE – Interacting with others is a key way for modern learners to learn, hence social networks remain high on the list. Although Facebook continues to drop down the list again this year, Twitter is still the No 1 social network for building a professional network (as this comment shows),

“My personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter is vibrant and full of generous, knowledgable people who contribute to my growth daily.”

 However LinkedIn is close behind since nowadays it provides a more comprehensive networking environment.

“Increasingly better for general work-related interaction and PD. Much less focus on job hunting makes this a better learning platform. Group options now better and hashtags help filter more relevant content.”

  1. DOING – Modern learners learn by doing, ie by engaging in activities so many of the tools on the list  help them with their daily life and work. They also use a number of tools to make sense of what they do and discover – through reflecting on their experiences, e.g. through mindmapping, but notably through blogging. WordPress remains the No 1 tool for reflection as well as sharing (as in this comment)

“Here’s where I lay out my ideas. The learning comes from just me thinking through things to keep populating the post, and the exercise of actually putting the thoughts down. And of course from comments, whether here or as often happens, on LinkedIn”

The graphic below plots the PPL100 tools around these 4 key learning areas

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Want to find out more, take a look at A Professional’s Guide to Modern Learning: 50 Tasks to help you become a modern lifelong learner.