Top Ten Tools 2010

It was interesting for me to reflect on my top 10 tools for 2010. In previous years that I’ve participated the top 10 were obvious to me. This time I found it difficult to identify just 10. So many tools so little time!

Here they are

itunes; for syncs to my iphone and ipad as well as access to music

Tweetdeck and twitter; a great way to keep up to date, share with others and engage in conversations

Google search; to search and filter on the web

WordPress; for blogging and engaging in conversations

Facebook; for keeping in touch with family and close colleagues. Mostly use this via my mobile

igoogle; my personalised homepage where I can easily access resources I use on a regular basis as well as my reader

Mobileme; for backup of contacts &  diary as well as an extra email address

Ning; for setting up and participation in various groups. Am just exploring transfering over to since free access to ning is due to end soon

Firefox; web browser

Google groups; have used this a lot for workplace groups when other providers have been blocked by organisations

Other tools that I use regularly are googlemaps, LinkedIn, Youtube, google earth, GPS, microsoft office and outlook.

I’ve recently started using some other tools which I think by the end of the year will be higher up my list. They are Dropbox, Docs to go, pages and keynote.

Changing mental models from training to learning by Brigitte Jordan

Some food for thought from Brigitte Jordan

“Changing mental models and paradigms from a focus on training to a focus on learning involves a series of moves:

from individual learner to learners in social settings
from individual skills to the practices of a team or COP
from process orientation to practice orientation
from didactic teaching to activity-based learning
from linear thinking to systems thinking
from school-based learning to learning as a life activity
from one-shot learning to continuous adaptation
from curriculum to total learning environment
from top-down information dissemination to lateral networks + peer communication
from product focus to customer focus
from design from fantasy to design from work practice
from requirements analysis to work practice analysis
from implementation as delivery to implementation as growing the practice
from providing training to providing learning resources
from what employers want to what frontline practitioners need”

Blended Learning 2.0

Clive names the partnership of blended learning and informal learning ‘Blended Learning 2.0′

He says……

“…. blended learning and informal learning are not actually mutually exclusive concepts; in fact I will argue that they make very compatible bed-fellows. Blended learning can integrate informal learning methods; it can also act as a bridge to true informal learning; well beyond the scope of the formalised training course, in that area of our lives where real work gets done.”

Professional Knowledge

Some interesting predictions here including this one;

Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before.

Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs. -Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, “Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part Two,” May-June 2008, p 41″