On the heels of yesterday’s post about the top 100 e-learning tools list, Jane asked me to submit my own top 10 list. It’s now up here, but I thought I’d reprint it. Take it in lieu of a Friday Random 10!
1. Wikipedia. I use it for everything — finding information about a topic on the fly, finding graphics related to a topic, doing initial research about something I’m interested in, even just a good old fashioned random article search. It represents a powerful paradigm shift in how knowledge is shared and stored, and it’s just plain fun for nerds like me.
2. Keynote. Apple’s presentation software is far more flexible and media-friendly than PowerPoint. I do almost everything in Keynote in my job as a professor.
3. LaTeX-iT. This is a small Mac app that allows you to typeset individual mathematical expressions one at a time, using the powerful LaTeX typesetting language, without having to make and handle an entire LaTeX document. You simply typeset, compile, and then drag the resulting PDF output into your document. Very powerful when combined
with Keynote (see above).
4. Quicksilver. An amazingly powerful app for doing stuff with other stuff. There’s no way to describe it, or how wonderful it is. Just download it and start using it.
5. Google. The best thing about Google is its hidden features, like the ability to use the search field as a calculator.
6. ecto. I love ecto for its simplicity, the intuitive keyboard shortcuts that you can’t use in WordPress, and its media-friendliness.
7. SnapzPro X. This is a professional-quality screenshot application for the Mac that lets the user capture stuff from the screen in a variety of ways. Most importantly, it allows real-time video capturing from the screen so the user can easily make screencasts, which is what I use the software for mostly.
8. OmniOutliner Pro. Brilliantly flexible and useful for a variety of tasks, such as planning lessons and keeping track of projects.
9. OmniGraffle. Like OmniOutliner, only for graphics. Again, its power is in its flexibility. I’ve used OmniGraffle for everything from concept mapping to drawing mathematical diagrams for Keynote lectures to redesigning my daughters’ playroom.
10. OmniFocus. This is an app for personal productivity management based on David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. It’s still just in alpha, but it’s incredible for, er, getting things done. I’d be lost without it.