- Google search: I regularly look up things I hear of and don’t know. It often leads me to Wikipedia (my preferred source, teachers take note), but regularly (e.g. 99.99% of the time) provides me with links that give me the answer i need.
- Twitter: I am pointed to many amazing and interesting things via Twitter.
- Skype: the Internet Time Alliance maintains a Skype channel where we regularly discuss issues, and ask and answer each other’s questions.
- Facebook: there’s another group that I use like the Skype channel, and of course just what comes in from friends postings is a great source of lateral input.
- WordPress: my blogging tool, that provides regular reflection opportunities for me in generating them, and from the feedback others provide via comments.
- Microsoft Word: My writing tool for longer posts, articles, and of course books, and writing is a powerful force for organizing my thoughts, and a great way to share them and get feedback.
- Omnigraffle: the diagramming tool I use, and diagramming is a great way for me to make sense of things.
- Keynote: creating presentations is another way to think through things, and of course a way to share my thoughts and get feedback.
- LinkedIn: I share thoughts there and track a few of the groups (not as thoroughly as I wish, of course).
- Mail: Apple’s email program, and email is another way I can ask questions or get help.
Not making the top 10 but useful tools include Google Maps for directions, Yelp for eating, Good Reader as a way to read and annotate PDFs, and Safari, where I’ve bookmarked a number of sites I read every day like news (ABC and Google News), information on technology, and more.
So that’s my list, what’s yours? I note, after the fact, that many are social media. Which isn’t a surprise, but reinforces just how social learning is!
Share with Jane in one of the methods she provides, and it’s always interesting to see what emerges.