Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | April 30, 2020

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thorton Wilder

Today I’m wrapping up week number 2 at my new work home and I *THINK* I’ve managed to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s with the getting started paperwork and compliance training, etc. I’m also getting excited about some pretty good conference sessions with the Learning Guild and the Canadian Elearning Conference that I’m prepping for. (You can catch the details down at the bottom of this.) What are you excited about these days?

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: This morning I’m digging this playlist with some super creative cover songs.

Last week’s most clicked item:
Five of the best workplace learning theories

How to Use Plain Language Guidelines to Improve Learning Outcomes

This is a common topic when I talk about things L&D should steal from marketing – clear, simple language is very important. If you’re eager to learn more, check out the Plain Language Guidelines and Patti Shank’s book “Write and Organize for Deeper Learning” is another fantastic resource.

How to Organize Your PowerPoint Slides by Adding Sections

I’m a big fan of using sections in my PowerPoint decks. Ann Emery shows you how useful this simple, easy-to-use tip can upgrade your slide deck designing workflow.

Research Proves Your Brain Needs a Break

Researchers confirmed what many people sense from experience: Back-to-back virtual meetings are stressful. But the research also points to a simple remedy—short breaks. This article has some new options to help you carve out downtime between meetings.

How to save URLs to Google Sheets without leaving your browser

If you collect and/or curate links for yourself or others, this is a useful, time-saving trick to have up your sleeve. You can set this up to automatically capture things like the title, URL, image, etc. There are similar options for saving your links to Trello, Airtable, and other places. You can even use some #NoCode tools to automatically post the links you save to a website. Let me know if you have any questions about this process or any of these tools.

The only secure password is the one you can’t remember

Do you always create unique passwords such that you never use the same one twice? Ever? Do your passwords always use different character types such as uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and punctuation? Are they “strong”? If you can’t answer “yes” to both these questions, you’ve got yourself a problem. TL:DR You should use a password manager like LastPass, KeePass, or 1Password.


Tools & Tips

  • Endel is a site that provides personalized soundscapes backed by neuroscience to help you focus, relax, and sleep.
  • Padlet is a digital bulletin board similar to well-known Pinterest but designed especially for collaboration.
  • is a discussion board for collaborating on visual content: diagrams, charts, storyboards, design projects, etc.
  • Nearpod is a free online platform for delivering interactive presentations and assessments.
  • InsertLearning is a free Chrome extension for inserting learning everywhere you want it on the Internet.

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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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