10 – Zoom

After a fast rise up the chart, Zoom is now in the same position as 2018

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.

Website: zoom.us
Cost: Free and Premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 25
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 7
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 5

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 10    2017: 28    2016: 66    2015: –    2014: –    2013: –   
2012: –      2011: –       2010: –       2009: –    2008: –    2007: –


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

“the meeting choice. Forget Skype, Google Hangout, Adobe Connect or GoToWebinar! For more than two years, Zoom has been our standard in conducting an online meeting. Easy to use, few technical defects, fair pricing – Zoom has it all. We could not live without it anymore!” Matt Vermeulen, Belgium https://www.winstonwolfe.be/tools-for-learning-2019-onze-selectie/

“While Zoom is being listed last, it may just mean I saved the best for last! Zoom makes it incredibly easy to connect via web conference with people from all over the world. It does all the heavy lifting with working out the bandwidth issues, to give us the smoothest and clearest connection possible. Zoom also has all kinds of additional features to help participants stay engaged, like breakout rooms, chat (that carries over from session to session), and polls.” Bonnie Stachowiak, Assiatant Profressor, USA https://teachinginhighered.com/2019/07/16/top-10-tools-for-learning/

“Zoom: I use both Blue Jeans and Zoom, but I use Zoom more, as it has chats with my ITA colleagues, as well as video conversations with folks.” Clark Quinn, USA https://blog.learnlets.com/2019/08/top-10-learning-tools-for-2019/

“I have a paid pro account and am using this very simple video conference platform to connect and learn, such as with our Coffee Club community of practice.” Harold Jarche, Canada https://jarche.com/2019/09/top-tools-2019/

“To communicate and also to share my knowledge” Wilma Hartenfels, Digital Learning Expert, Germany https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wilmahartenfels-inspiredlearninginadigitalworld_janes-top-10-tools-for-learning-2019-activity-6570580971278610433-IU3p

“My organisation recently switched to Zoom, and I find that I use it almost daily. I am mostly using it for meetings with stakeholders, but I am starting to see it used to deliver virtual classrooms as well. I’m finding the interface design and quality of the audio to be a big improvement over WebEx.” Head of Risk Skills, Australia

“Facilitates geographically diverse learning, team collaboration, and client connection” Manager of Product Development, USA

“face to face support for remote learners and ability to download screen capture to remake into offline webinar (using Adobe premier for editing) for asynchronous viewing.” Learning Specialist, Australia

“To meet with diverse committee and community members. To share information and learn.” CEO, Australia

“Stable, high-quality, great for remote training” Senior HRD, Japan

“Great video quality, easy to schedule.” Developer, USA

“Video and web conferencing. Easy to use, fast and cheap tool for webinars.” Producer of elearning teaching material, Spain

“For webinars, virtual classrooms, etc. Very intuitive and reliable tool.” Project Manager for Digital Learning, France

“Live Coaching sessions” Adult Educator, Singapore

“Simple webinar/conferencing software. Can work on low spec machines and in low bandwidth situations” Learning Technolgist, UK

“Ring Central is our in-house webinar system. It’s built on the Zoom platform. Allows me to share my screen, edit other’s screens, show my webcam and talk to others” Instructional Designer, USA

Previous comments

“I’ve pretty much switched to Zoom over Skype, so talking to my ITA colleagues,  or having video chats with folks is most often through Zoom these days.” Clark Quinn, 2018

“There are a lot of ways to engage people in video conferencing and webinars, but for the past few years, Zoom is the platform that is the least expensive, crashes the least, has the smallest learning curve for new users and is just simple.” Brian Washburn, 2018

“I have a paid pro account and am using this very simple video conference platform to connect and learn, such as with my Coffee Club.” Harold Jarche, 2018

“the meeting choice. Forget Skype, Google Hangout, Adobe Connect or GoToWebinar! Zoom has been our regular prick for more than a year when conducting an online meeting and hosting a webinar. Easy to use, few technical defects, fair pricing – Zoom has it all. We could not live without it!” Matthias Vermeulen, 2018

“We use Zoom for internal meetings, webinars and learning sessions with customers. I love it!” Kasper Spiro, 2018

“my favorite virtual meeting tool. Works beautifully for meetings with small numbers of people AND for large groups. Very easy to use and very robust.” Chris Wildemuth, USA

“It is the best video conferencing software in the world. Excellent for Online teaching.” Donald Patnaude, Thailand

“replaced Webex as the way to learn together for me this year” Helen  Sanderson, New Zealand

“client communication” Jill Pergant, UK

“Ah, this tool is a beauty. Much more reliable and robust than skype. Always works. My students never have issues with plugins that refuse to load or other problems of that nature.” Chris Wildermuth, University/College teacher, USA, 2016

“video conferencing for ease of use” Ember Hanson, Vendor, USA, 2016

“using for virtual meetings and small web training” Sharon Wingron, Consultant, USA, 2016

“Free video collaboration tool that does what it says on the tin.” Neale Murden, Online learning facilitator, Australia, 2016