Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | May 24, 2019

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” — C.S. Lewis

School is out for us and we are dashing off to the beach for a few days to celebrate and relax a little bit. I hope this finds you with something ahead of you that you are excited about too! Here are the things from the learning, design, and technology world that excited me the most this week. Cheers!

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Should We Use Background Music With Instruction? No.

The general rationale for not using background music is that it increases harmful cognitive load. Dig into Patti Shank’s (@pattishank) article to learn more.

What we already know determines what, how, and how well we learn

More great stuff from Mirjam Neelen (@MirjamN) and Paul Kirschner (@P_A_Kirschner)  “If the learner doesn’t have the basic ‘hooks’ (i.e., relevant prior knowledge) to hang the more complex information on, then they’ll start swimming using trial and error and then drown very quickly as they don’t know how to do it effectively.”

5 Learning Technologies 2019 Videos Everyone Should Watch

Emma Webber (@emmawebber) shared her recommendations from the Learning Technologies conference. If you like any of these, you might also like dipping into any of the other sessions. I love that they are all online and freely available anyone.

The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work

This article prompted a serious question for me “Is Slack (or any other similar tool) helping or hurting the way you work?” I’m super curious to hear what your experience has been? .

20+ Free Creative PowerPoint Templates For Your Next Project

Almost all of us need to create slide decks at some time or another. Here are some nice-looking options assembled by 24slides (@24slides) that might save you some time putting together your next one.


Learning, Design & Technology Miscellany

A few other things just because I can.

Design Resources

Apps & Tools

  • Polypane: A browser built from the ground up to create and test websites and apps.
  • OpenShot – Open source video editing software (sort of Camtasia-ish)

Books, Podcasts, Courses:

What I’m listening to:

  • My latest listening discovery, Tycho is like a nice relaxing sound bath that I´m working along to today.

Conference Roundup

There were lots of learning pros in Washington, D.C. this week. Most of them were at ATD ICE and the rest were nearby at the ICICLE conference. Whether you were there or not it is worthwhile to peek-in on those happenings. David Kelly’s #ATD2019 backchannel resources are a nice place to start.

Here’s a peek at the conference action for this week and next.

Looking for your next conference? I’ve recently updated my global collection of L&D events with new 2019 dates. Let me know if you see one I missed or have a new one to add.

You can find me at these UPCOMING EVENTS:

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I’m always looking for great people and organizations who want to help people learn and work better. If you’re one of them, let’s talk! Speaking and Workshop Information Sheet.

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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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