The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 10, 2018

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“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” – Thomas Jefferson.

We took several long, hot walks exploring Paris this week. The views were fabulous, the lessons were plentiful and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share them with my family. (I’m also grateful we’re back home to a place that has air conditioning.) Here are a few of the things I found this week in the world of learning, design, and technology! J’espère que tu passeras un bon weekend!

Keeping Up With Cardiology: Old-School Learning Versus the Twittersphere

“there’s an old saying that 50% of what they teach you in medical school is wrong. The problem is you don’t know which 50%.”

This article by Yael L. Maxwell (@TCTMD_Yael) is about cardiologists, but the lessons apply to us all. As we proceed through our careers “we should expect that things should be challenged and updated throughout our lifetime, and we have to be open to all different avenues. Critical thinking is more important now than ever before.”

Share to Learn

This post by Tanmay Vora (@tnvora) reminds me that you don’t have to be a genius to share what you learn. Just be yourself and share anything you discover, experience, read or anything else that worked for you or those around you. There is probably someone out there it can help. And by helping them, you’re helping yourself.

How to Publish Regularly, Even If You Lack Writing Confidence

This article by Sonia Simone (@soniasimone) on  @Copyblogger is another one that resonates with me and is a lesson that I had to learn myself. Whatever your reasons for not being comfortable with it, just do it. Click that Publish button — even if you’re not a “great writer” yet. If nothing else, you owe it to yourself to hear what Ira Glass has to say about it. It is one of my favorite things in the world.

How to Future-Proof Your Career

This short piece by Phillip VanDusen (@philipvandusen) is totally spot on. The secret is founded on learning and assuming that one day you’ll be laid off. Well worth a few minutes of your time and I’ll bet you can think of at least one other person who could benefit from seeing this as well. Why not share it with them?

Watch it here.

PowerPoint Text Animations

If you want to add a nice touch to your next project, grab this free PowerPoint animated text template from PowerPoint School (@pptschool). (The download link is just below the video in the comments area.)

Watch and download here.

Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Conference News

Design Resources

Apps & Tools

  • Zave – I’m checking this out as a potential replacement for my current curation tool, Zeef. They say Zave is a “…place to save the web in private or with the world.”
  • Loom – Coming back to this one again to try it out as a better workflow for creating and sending videos.


What I’m listening too

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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