JD’s Top Tools for Learning 2019

In Technology by JD Dillon

It’s that time of the year again!

Jane Hart has opened voting for her annual Top Tools for Learning global survey. L&D pros are invited to submit their personal top 10 lists until Monday, September 23, 2019. Jane will then pull the data together and share her ranked top 100 lists for personal/professional learning, education and workplace learning.

Here’s Jane’s 2018 report.

This survey is a great opportunity to reflect on how you leverage different tools to support your own development as well as the training you provide to others. It also provides a glimpse into prevailing tools that are gaining popularity around the world.

This is survey #6 for me. When I submit my info each year, I also write a summary post like this to share my personal toolkit (2018, 2017, 2016).

Here are my top 10 tools for learning for 2019:

  1. Twitter: Still at the top. The volume of industry users is noticeably lessening as years go on, but still lots of great international discussion on plenty of professional topics.
  2. Slack: If its not shared on Slack, I probably don’t know its happening (given that I’m 1200 miles away from the office).
  3. Google Drive: All of my writing starts in Drive. It’s still the easiest way to collaborate on content with peers inside and outside my company.
  4. YouTube: I don’t stream much. I don’t have cable. I watch YouTube. Entertainment and education are now blended together.
  5. LinkedIn: I’m getting more and more from LinkedIn conversation and content sharing – at least when people aren’t just back-patting one another.
  6. Axonify: 3 minutes per day. It also acts as the central knowledge hub for my team. I really eat my own dog food.
  7. Google Meet: I sometimes use 4 or 5 different online conference tools per day. Meet remains my favorite.
  8. Flipboard: The curation continues! My two most popular online magazines focus on artificial intelligence and remote working.
  9. Castro: When you travel this much, podcasts are an essential companion. I’m still exploring other apps, though.
  10. PowerPoint: I tell stories a lot – at industry events, with clients, inside the company. I build every story visually.

Overall, my list hasn’t changed much since last year. But this is still a great change to sit down and think about the value these tools provide to my working life. I highly recommend you take a few minutes and submit your own list!