My Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is made up of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) and the tools I use on the computer (mostly web-based). In other words, it is the people I learn from/with and the tools that I use to do so.

In a response to a Twitter question asking me to respond (max. 140 characters) with what my PLN means to me. I said, “The network is where my lifelong learning takes shape. People I respect help point me in directions I might not otherwise find, in real time”

NOTE: the Twitter Mosaic is currently unavailable. I’ll try to bring it back in the future.

Tools in my PLE Toolkit

I have an account to use each of the following web-based services. Some I use more than others, and some I use all the time. NOTE: at the bottom of the list I have added the non-web-based tools in a separate category. These are the tools that require a download and install, such as Audacity, Jing, Skype, and many others.

Web office collaboration tools:

Other Zoho Goodness

Other Google Goodness: (unless they become more evil)

Blogging Tools:

Communications tools:


Web conferencing tools:

Bookmarking tools:

  • Delicious
  • Diigo
  • Evernote
  • (Added Nov. 2013 – based on Evernote)
  • Second Brain (added Jan. 2011) (Dead pool, Sept. 2011)
  • Furl (dead pool, April 2009)

Music tools:

Digital photo tools:

Video or similar tools:

Slide Shows and Presentations Tools:

Social Networking:

Audio and podcasting:


Start Pages and Organizers:


Scheduling and Organizing:

Documents and Storage:

Comics and Animations:

  • Toondoo
  • Pixton Comics (added March ’09)
  • GoAnimate (added May 2011)
  • Xtranormal  (added May 2011) (Dead pool)
  • Voki (added May 2011)


No time now to categorize the following:

Non-web-based (client-based) Tools: (requires download and install)

8 Responses

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  3. Another mind map tool to mention is MindManager from

  4. Great list! Thanks for organizing this.

    Might want to add Freemind as a client-side mind-mapping tool:

    and as a free online mind-mapping tool:

    CMap is much more advanced, but perhaps better suited to academic research:

    Be well,

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