12 – WhatsApp

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Not just a a personal messaging app, but its broadcasting and group functionalities makes it a valuable tool both for educational and corporate activities.

Website: whatsapp.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Download app

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2018: 10
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2018: 18
Top 100 Tools for Education 2018: 9

Past Overall Rankings
2017: 13    2016: 13    2015: 21     2014: 83    2013: 86     2012: –    2011: –    2010: –    2009: –    2008: –    2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected WhatsApp as one of their Top Tools

“I don’t know what I would do without Whatsapp! Not only do I use this tool for personal reasons (connecting with family and friends, etc.), I have increasingly started using this tool as a way to connect with my teams, mentees and mentors. It is a handy tool for quick questions and answers or to plan group chats on common topics of interests. There is certainly some untapped potential to use Whatsapp for learning.” Taruna Goel, 2018

“The best way to engage with my team. I know a lot of people use Slack. But I just don’t see the benefit of Slack over Whatsapp for a fairly small group of people. (Feel free to enlighten me in the comments!) We share learning resources and interesting content alongside the day-to-day chat required for business to run smoothly.” Taryl Law, 2018

“With all the latest features, this tool has become my main backchannel tool, collecting material tool, sharing classroom resources tool. All the students are on it all the time, so it is a great instant gratification allround tool. What has made it the best is that you do not have a text limitation, it is visual (students take pictures of their work and share it quickly for class discussion), it can be projected using the web whatsapp, and you can share files now.” Maggie Verst, South Africa

“Groups for online collaboration and communication” Carlos Lopez March, Spain

“for communication with team and personal use” Lokesh Mehra, L&D Manager, India, 2016

“Easy to form groups (large, small) and individual messages with voice & images.” Amutha Navomoney, Adult Ed teacher, Malaysia, 2016

“Currently used more for social sharing, and less for learning. However, has immense potential for learning in closed groups.” Srividya Kumar, Consultant, India, 2016

“Create learning and discussion groups easily” L&D Manager, Germany, 2016

Easy to form groups (large, small) and individual messages with voice & images” Amutha Navomoney, 2016

“for quick communications” Washington Braga, 2015

I use this app to create private study groups, so that all members can stay in touch with one another.” 2015

“engage fast with kids/ friends” Thomas Jenewein 2013

“text as ask tool”  Paul Jacobs 2013