Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 20, 2021

“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.”


Happy Friday!  We’re wrapping up the first few days of the new school year around here. The kids are readjusting from their summer schedule and the grownups are enjoying the possibilities of daytime quiet and flexibility. Hope you’re having a great week.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  It feels like an 80’s kind of day today, so I’ve got the “Best of the 80’s” playing here this morning.

Last week’s most clicked item:
How automation can streamline the role of L&D professionals

Guild Masters on The Future of Learning

See what these Guild Masters have to say about the future of learning. You’ll find insights from Megan Torrance: on data, Connie Malamed on visual design, Karen Hyder on virtual instructor-led training, Nick Floro on educational technologies and Bob Mosher & Conrad (“Con”) Gottfredson on performance support/workflow learning.

The Most Disruptive Trend Of 2021: No Code / Low Code

In many organizations, one of the most important initiatives is the need to tech-enable and digitize our company’s products and service offerings. The current NoCode/Low Code trend is giving rise to a new class of “citizen developers” enabling new capabilities for creating custom software solutions that were previously not possible to those of us who are not programmers.–low-code/?sh=731a1c965702

How Content Consumption Can Help Upgrade Your Brain

Eva Keffenheim shares five steps of personal knowledge management along with some recommendations for strategies and tools to help you maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of your personal PKM setup.

Interoception: how to improve your “gut feeling”

This is an excerpt based on Annie Murphy Paul’s latest book, The Extended Mind, which I’m currently reading. The book is very fascinating and explores how our body not only grants us access to information that is more complex than what our conscious minds can accommodate. It also marshals this information at a pace that is far quicker than our conscious minds can handle.

Color Tool for PowerPoint

Often, when working in PowerPoint, it can be really hard to quickly check what colors you’re using – especially if the slides in your presentation come from (or are pasted onto) different templates. Grab this PowerPoint file from BrightCarbon, then copy and paste the slide into your deck. You’ll see the theme colors change depending on what template you’re using, and you can programme in as many custom colors as you like.


Tools & Tips

  • Lasso is an all-in-one bookmark and web research organizer.
  • Sessions is a unique approach to virtual meetings and training worth checking out.  
  • Smore lets you make great looking email newsletters in minutes.
  • Full Screen Web Capture – just pop in a url and you’ll get a full length screen shot back right in your browser.
  • Mockup Clips lets you Create stunning video mockups in just a few clicks.

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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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