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Top 10 Tools for Learning (2019 Edition)

We use lots of tools each day to help with workplace learning. Here are my top 10.

Each year, Jane Hart and the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT) compile a list of the top 200 (technology-based) tools for learning. This list is compiled by submissions that come in from learning professionals from around the world.

If you’d like to submit your votes for the top learning tools of 2019, you can do so by filling out this form.

Here is the list of the top 10 technology-based tools (listed in no particular order) that I’ve been using for learning and development throughout this year: 


I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t use Microsoft Word. From simple documents to elearning storyboards to training lesson plans, this is perhaps the most frequently used tool I own.

Google Drive

All of my documents, as well as my team’s documents, reside in Google Drive. I was going to list Google Docs here as my second tool because all of my Word documents are converted to Google Docs when they are saved in Google Drive. Google Docs allow everyone on my team to collaborate on any document at any time without needing to worry about version control.

I specifically mention Google Drive here, however, because it not only encompasses our Google Docs, but also Google Sheets (Excel) and Google Slides (PowerPoint). It’s where the team can find archived documents and store all sorts of resources for everyone to use, learn from and add to.


Is there a more ubiquitous tool in the training room today? Last year I had an opportunity to publish a short booklet on how to leverage PowerPoint to serve as a sort of co-facilitator, helping presenters keep their learners on task and attuned to the content to be focused on in-the-moment.


This is an online training game platform that I first learned about several years ago when I was perusing a C4LPT Top 200 tools list. I love Kahoot because it makes it extremely easy to set up a training trivia game and brings all sorts of energy into the training room.


PollEverywhere allows participants to use their phones to respond to a poll that can be broadcast in real time during a presentation. I’ve used this in meetings, breakout sessions and keynotes. The audience wants to be actively involved… why not give them an opportunity?

Google Search

Basically the entire knowledge base of human history is available at your fingertips. Google search has allowed me to uncover scholarly research about various topics, define unfamiliar words and find new tools, ideas and resources that can help with an upcoming session.


I write a blog post once a week which forces me to continually search for new topics and reflect on my own learning experiences. WordPress offers the easiest-to-use platform to share these blog posts.


There was a time when WebEx or Adobe Connect were all the rage when it came to web-based conference tools. For the past several years, Zoom has offered the easiest to use platform at the most reasonable price.


I work with about a dozen other people and we’re all remote. Slack keeps us connected every day, helping us to maintain clear lines of communication, to share lessons learned or important deadlines and to chit chat all day long.

Articulate Storyline

We work on a lot of elearning projects for our clients and Storyline is the tool we use almost exclusively for elearning development.

While I posted the link above to vote on your own tools, I’m curious what tools you’re using. What’s missing from this list? Let me know in the comment section!

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