Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 27, 2021

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo.

Happy Friday! 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  This morning I’m working along to this big collection of instrumental versions of pop cover music

Last week’s most clicked item:
BrightCarbon’s Color Tool for PowerPoint

social learning powers distributed work

Harold Jarche reminds us that “distributed work is here to stay, because many people like it, the pandemic is not over and there will be others, and market forces will seek to maximize profits and reduce labour costs. But Zoom calls all day are not going to create work environments where knowledge workers can deal with complex problems or create innovative solutions. The key to distributed work is social learning.”

Jeremy Caplan’s latest Wonder Tools newsletter includes a summary of his recommended tools for teaching. Check it out for some great sites and apps for live and remote teaching. Many of these tools also work well for meetings….and do yourself a favor by signing up for his newsletter.

The Real Reason Kids Don’t Like School

If we are to help kids gain happiness from their education in the short and long term, we need to bring to bear more resources to facilitate friendship, which tends to solve both the loneliness and boredom problems. There is a great deal of research on this subject, and practical resources for making friendship easier for all students to achieve.

Beyond a Presentation: Designing Beautiful Documents in PowerPoint with Tom Howell

Did you know you can design incredible print documents easily with PowerPoint? I’ve been using PowerPoint for print designs for years and in this article Tom Howell spills some pro tips that can help you upgrade the design of your documents too.

6 Alternatives To Bullet Lists

Too many bullet lists can be mind-numbing. Here are six visual alternatives to bullet points from Connie Malamed. And if you’d like to see even more, I have a similar post with more ways to convert your bullet lists into something better “Better Than Bullet Points: Alternative Text Slide Designs


Tools & Tips

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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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