Somehow I missed colleague Jane Hart’s annual survey of top 10 tools for learning ’til just today, yet it’s the last day! I’ve participated in the past, and find it a valuable chance for reflection on my own, as well as seeing the results come out. So here’s my (belated) list of top 10 tools for learning 2023.
I’m using Harold Jarche’s Personal Knowledge Mastery framework for learning here. His categories of seek (search and feed), sense (interpret) and share (closely or broadly) seems like an interesting and relevant way to organize my tools.
I subscribe to blog posts via email, and I use Feedblitz because I use it as a way for people to sign up for Learnlets. I finally started paying so they didn’t show gross ads (you can now signup safely; they lie when they say the have ‘brand-safe’ ads), and fortunately my mail removes images (for safety, unless I ask), so I don’t see them.
I’m also continuing to explore Mastodon (@firstname.lastname@example.org). It has its problems (e.g. hard to find others, smaller overall population), but I do find the conversations to be richer.
I’m similarly experimenting with Discord. It’s a place where I can generally communicate with colleagues.
I’m using Slack as a way to stay in touch, and I regularly learn from it, too. Like the previous two, it’s both seek and share, of course.
Of course, web surfing is still a regular activity. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo as a search engine instead of more famous ones, as I like the privacy policies better.
I still use Graffle as a diagramming tool (Mac only). Though I’m intrigued to try Apple’s FreeForm, in recent cases I’ve been editing old diagrams to update, and it’s hard to switch.
I also continue to use Microsoft’s Word as a writing tool. I’ve messed with Apple’s Pages, but…it doesn’t transfer over, and some colleagues need Word. Plus, that outlining is still critical.
My blog (e.g. what you’re reading ;) is still my best sharing tool, so WordPress remains a top learning tool.
LinkedIn has risen to replace Twitter (which I now minimize my use of, owing to the regressive policies that continue to emerge). It’s where I not only auto-post these screeds, but respond to others.
As a closing note, I know a lot of people are using generative AI tools as thinking partners. I’ve avoided that for several reasons. For one, it’s clear that they’ve used others’ work to build them, yet there’s no benefit to the folks whose work has been purloined. There are also mistakes. Probably wrongly, but I still trust my brain first. So there’re my top 10 tools for learning 2023