Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | February 4, 2022

No matter what route you choose, you’ll find pain in it. It’s not a curse. It’s life 

 Tochukwu E. Okoro

Happy Friday! We’re starting day 2 of an ice and snow storm here that the kids are all excited about because school has been cancelled for the 2nd day in a row. Today is definitely a day when I’m grateful that I get to work from home and nobody has to go out and brave the elements. Wherever you are in the world, I hope this finds you in a nice, cozy place as you head into the weekend.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Today is another Lo-Fi kind of day – at least until I have to go out and shovel snow.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
The Spacing Effect: How to Improve Learning and Maximize Retention


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Crazy How Good Life Becomes When You Focus on Being 1% Better Each Day

TIm Denning posits that “The slow burn lasts longer.” He says we should want less to get more. I think we must go even deeper. I want “slow hustle” to become the new trend. It’s where you focus on daily consistency and overcoming boredom, not working 80-hour workweeks and joining Steve Jobs in an early grave from burnout. 

https://timdenning.com/crazy-how-good-life-becomes-when-you-focus-on-being-1-better-each-day/


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The Five Things You Need to Know About Retrieval Practice

When it comes to learning, people are often focused on getting facts into their heads. But experts argue that people should be more focused on getting information OUT of their heads.These types of active learning strategies are known as retrieval practice.

The rationale behind retrieval practice is three-fold. First, actively trying to remember something or perform some skill is a more effective way of learning than passively re-reading about it. Second, learning practice provides people with better ways of monitoring what they know. In other words, retrieval practices help engage metacognition. Finally, retrieval practice keeps people focused. The act of re-reading a textbook, for instance, often encourages mind wandering, but retrieval practice can keep individuals engaged in the task at hand.

https://www.the-learning-agency-lab.com/learning-strategies/retrieval-practice/


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The 6 best email marketing apps to send drip campaigns

If you’ve never tried using email marketing apps to send drip campaigns, here are 6 of the best options you should consider. With the right drip email software you can create brilliantly timed and fully personalized emails. I’ve been using email marketing apps for years to support learning programs and they are great.

https://zapier.com/blog/best-drip-email-marketing-apps/


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Diversify your visuals

Visuals are powerful and representation matters. Jeremy Caplan has shared a collection of sites for finding inclusive images including stock photos and illustrations. (You should subscribe to his awesome newsletter!)

https://wondertools.substack.com/p/diversify


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A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Microsoft Office 365

Cloud fonts are fonts hosted in the cloud by Microsoft Office, and are available in the latest versions of Office applications. Using these cloud fonts will help avoid any issues with others you share your files with having issues when they don’t have the same fonts as you. They’ve been around for awhile now and Julie Terberg has beautifully documented them for you here with the latest updates.

https://designtopresent.com/2019/03/31/a-guide-to-cloud-fonts-in-microsoft-office-365/



  • Documint is a #NoCode tool for awesome document automation
  • Wordwall is a site that lets you create custom learning activities including quizzes, match ups, and more.
  • 123 Apps is a big and useful collection of online tools for working with video, audio, pdfs and more
  • Skuawk is a huge collection of high quality public domain photos
  • Soundiz will help you transfer your music between different streaming platforms

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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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