e-learning top tools for 2009

I thought that I would share with you my top ten tools for 2009. These are the tools that I find really useful, I might not use them every day but they really help out week by week! I’ve linked out to all the websites so you can go and find out more about them for yourself.

Thinking Worlds

A great piece of software for rapidly developing virtual environments, simulations and game based learning. Our games designers are building learning objects in days!


You’ll need an iphone but this software lets you update your account when on the move as well as getting your own twitter feed. Get the Pro version to update multiple accounts.


We’ve been using Basecamp since it first came out and we still love it! Great for using with clients and it keeps things nice and easy.


Open Source – used by many, lots of commercial support if you need it and a great user community.


Time tracking software, links with Basecamp and it has an iphone app. Easy to use and brilliant for time management on projects.


Can be used for a range of uses including blogs and websites. There is a wide range of plugins available to support your development work. It is also very easy to set up!

BBC Learning zone

A wide range of videos for download from the BBC on a range of subjects and topics.


Online meetings and much more. Very useful for working with clients, showing work and minimising travel. NCSL have made great use of web-ex over the past year.


A great web app where you can generate world clouds from the text that you provide. Paste in text, rss url or del.ico.us username.

TED: Ideas worth spreading

A whole host of brilliant lectures on a range of subjects, well supported by an iphone app. There are some inspirational lectures available for you to view.

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