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Here are over 100 ways that different social technologies (and tools) are being used by learning professionals worldwide – compiled from the comments of those who have contributed to the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 activity.

Blogging

(1) “Blogs are great for learning from others, reflection, story sharing, facilitating connections among people, philosophizing, and much more” Janice Petosky, Instructional designer, West Chester, Pennsylvania

(2) “Writing a blog is a learning activity, of course, but reading the best blogs that are available is one of my most productive learning experiences.” Jerome Martin, Book publisher, photographer and a musician from Canada.

(3) “Blogging is my chief way of making sense of things” Michele Martin, Freelance Learning Consultant, USA

(4) “Blogs are obviously great ways to consolidate personal learning, but as it is such a great CMS I think that it lends itself exceptionally well to broadcasting content of a non-blog nature, or with multiple authors, as the centrepiece of an informal learning network.” Dan Roddy, eLearning Designer, UK

(5) “While everyone seems to get the blog thing now, few are leveraging the technology for what, at its root, it really is: a very quick web page creator. It can be a place to list assignments, a site for student interaction and discussion, and even a location for structuring and hosting an entire course. Google “23 Things” to see a blog-for-training at its best.” Jane Bozarth, E-learning Coordinator for the North Carolina, USA, Office of State Personnel

(6) “I have set up a blog using Blogger and use this as an occasional reflection tool. I am enjoying linking other tools to my blog.” Elaine Talbert, Secondary school principal, Australia

(7) “My final year students have each set up blogs where they regularly record their thoughts about the material we cover. I also use Blogger to record occasional research updates that might be of interest to readers of my textbook, and with a view to incorporating these into a future edition.” David Hardman, psychologist at London Metropolitan University, UK

(8) “experts can easily contribute tips, thoughts, and best practices to a large community of learners. They can also be used to create a community of learners following learning events.” Julia Bulkowski, Instructional designer

(9) “Blogging has become a key medium for self-directed learning and TypePad serves me well.” Patrick Mayfield, head of training and consultancy company, UK

(10) “I manage class discussions out of class and provide additional information here following classes that students find difficult; if I am absent, this is where I can teach “remote class”.” Sarah Davis, Associate Dean at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC

(11) Edublogs - “I use this tool as a way for our college students to post ePortfolios for free.” Judy Baker, Dean of Foothill Global Access, Foothill College in Los Altos, CA.

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