Don’t look now, but it’s October, which means the year is nearly through.

Which means it’s time to begin looking back, reflecting, and seeing where we are. In terms of our practice, our curriculum, our instruction, and the tools we use to teach and learn.

Jane Hart from the Center for Learning & Performance Technologies today released the following Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 (as voted for by 500+ learning professionals both inside and beyond education internationally).

Many are tools we already know and love from search tools (Google) to social media sites (twitter), but seeing them ranked according to their popularity (and perceived utility) is interesting. For all the buzz from Prezi, the stalwart PowerPoint proved to be a bit more acclaimed, though it is important to note that the voting came from a cross-section of learning professionals both inside (55%) and beyond formal education (45%).

On her blog, Jane explains some of the changes and patterns. “In terms of tool trends, this year’s list has seen an increase in the popularity of curation tools and social magazines for the iPad (like ScoopitFlipboard and Zite).  We also see the appearance of  visual, virtual pinboards on the list – and Pinterest is in fact the highest new entrant (in at #36) – with Learnist also making a late appearance. There is therefore a clear trend this year in using tools to “organize” digital resources, as well as a continued interest in notetaking tools; Evernote continues its rise up the list, and MS OneNote makes its way back up the list again too (probably due to its new mobile apps).”

To us, what was most impressive was the incredibly broad definition of what is considered a learning tool, from curation tools to web browsers, to professional tools from Adobe, and everything in between. If that’s not a microcosm of 21st century learning, we’re not sure what is.

Top 10 Tools for Learning for 2012

  1. Twitter
  2. YouTube
  3. Google Docs
  4. Google Search
  5. WordPress
  6. Dropbox
  7. Skype
  8. PowerPoint
  9. Facebook
  10. Wikipedia