Happy Friday! This week I got my 2nd vaccination shot and I’m very happily counting down the 12 days it takes for that to fully kick in. I’m grateful that Ohio seems to be ahead of many other places in getting these shots into people’s arms. I’m very much looking forward to reconnecting with people in person (smartly) again the physical contact of friendly fist bumps and hugs. (Consider yourself warned!)
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What I’m Listening to: I made a “Good Days” playlist to capture my optimistic mood I’m in this week.
Last week’s most clicked item:
5 Ways to Create Visual Hierarchy
10 Principles for Healthy Communities
Meg Wheatly shares 10 principles for making a community healthy. She answers questions like What allows a community to thrive in the long-term? How can it regenerate and sustain over time? and more.
Decoding the no-code / low-code universe
10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to depend on developers, who had to work day and night to make their code work. Fast-forward to today, and anyone with a computer and access to the internet can build a website, app or internal tool using extremely powerful applications: no-code & low-code tools. Dig into this round up of 145 unique companies and 12 categories of no-code goodness.
A Neuroscientist’s Poignant Study of How We Forget Most Things in Life
Lisa Genova explains that a healthy brain quickly forgets most of what passes into conscious awareness (and how that is a good thing). The fragments of experience that do get encoded into long-term memory are then subject to “creative editing.”
Changing Your Mind Can Make You Less Anxious
Humans are programmed to think we’re right at all costs. Fighting that instinct will set you free.This article shares some relevant research about how humility relates to happiness and life satisfaction along with four strategies you might want to add to try out for yourself.
Everything You Need to Know to Create Quizzes With Microsoft Forms
From the basics to branching and more, Richard Byrne has you covered when it comes to creating quizzes with Microsoft Forms.
A few other things just because I can.
Here are three podcast episodes from this week that are worth a listen:
- L&D Cares: Restoring Humanity to Career Development on the Learning Uncut podcast.
- The Three L&D Elephants In The Room with Paul Matthews on the 99 Problems But Work Ain’t One Podcast
- An L&D style Easter Egg Hunt with Karl Kapp on the Train Like You Listen podcast
Tools, Tips & Resources
I also publish a daily L&D Tech Toolbox newsletter. You can find those and subscribe here.
- Finding.Email – Over 500 newsletters on a wide variety of subjects are organized into sections like a big Sunday newspaper.
- Reading.Email – Reading.email lets more people read more newsletters more often.
- MovieOfTheNight – Handy way to search for good movies on multiple streaming services & save them to watch later
- Camo – use your iPhone as a webcam
- BackgroundCut – another nice option for removing image backgrounds
Where You Can Find Me
- Learning Solutions – 10 Non-L&D Tools That Can Improve Your Practice – May 11
- Pushing the Elearning Envelope – June 9/10
- Canadian Elearning Conference – June 10/11
- Kansas City ATD – June 17
- Nashville ATD – Using Technology for Training – September 16
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