Heather’s Top 10 Tools for Learning (2019 Edition)

On Monday, Brian shared with you his top 10 technology-based tools for the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT). In no particular order, here are my top 10 tools for 2019.

Grammarly

I receive weekly reports from Grammarly, and it is pretty cool to see that I am averaging over 10,000 words per week. I write a lot and with that many hours spent at a keyboard I make a lot of mistakes, even the free version of Grammarly catches most of them.

Slack

From my front window, it looks like I sit alone in a quiet house. However, with the invention of tools like Slack, I collaborate all day with people from various time zones and communication styles. The video conferencing and screen sharing are superior to competitors and I enjoy the tool integrations.

Camtasia

As the director of instructional design at Endurance Learning, I miss out on most development opportunities because it is good to practice. That said, I sneak in little projects when I can. One outlet is video work in Camtasia, which is an inexpensive and easy to use tool compared to its competitors like Adobe Premier.

Audacity

Audacity is a free and easy to use audio editing tool. We do a lot of voice-over work and minor edits are incredibly easy once you get the hang of this tool. I can’t believe this tool is still free after all of these years.

Adobe Cloud

I couldn’t pick one Adobe tool, and now that they are like happy little cherubs sitting in the clouds, I don’t have to! For a relatively reasonable price, I have access to the Adobe suite of tools, and I am ready to create something beautiful.

Google Drive

I write nearly everything on Google drive. It is where we take our team meeting notes, where we keep lesson plans, collaborate on scripts, brainstorm, and keep just about anything important.

PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a go-to for presentations. We have written a lot about PowerPoint on this blog, so I will let you browse around if you would like to explore more. One thing I will mention is how much I use it to quickly manipulate images when I don’t want to dig into Photoshop. There are some powerful light-image manipulation tools built right in PowerPoint, and a YouTube search will make you a Pro quicker than learning an Adobe tool. You won’t get the same results is you would in Illustrator, but for light work, it is a means to an end.

LinkedIn

Living in Helena, MT, I don’t regularly network with other local Instructional Designers. LinkedIn does a nice job of connecting me with other professionals with similar careers. I like the groups and find that most posts are applicable to me and my career.

Storyline

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Storyline mention. Our eLearning development is frequently done in Storyline and we discover something new about this tool on a regular basis. I am in awe at how powerful this tool can be, although I don’t think every project needs a ton of code to be good. That is the beauty of Storyline. Sometimes a few simple and beautify layers are just what you need to make a great course.  

The Green Phone Icon on My Smart Device

Occasionally my phone starts ringing and there is someone on the other end and we talk. Conversely, there are occasions I pick it up and call other people. That’s right, I am a millennial, and I use the phone app on my smartphone to discuss learning and design. It isn’t the main function of my phone, but it does happen.

That is it for my list for 2019. What would you add? If you’d like to submit your votes for the top learning tools of 2019, you can do so by filling out this form.

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