Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 1, 2022

“Sometimes I compare play to oxygen – it’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” Dr. Stuart Brown

Happy Friday! Even though today is April 1st you’re not gonna find any foolish shenanigans around here. Hopefully you don’t fall prey to any April Fool’s jokes. But if you do, I hope the only outcome is a good-hearted laugh. And if you have any really good April Fools stories, send them my way. 😎

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  As a result of last week’s music suggestion from my daughter, I’ve gone down a deep rabbit hole of goodness and found good new one – Middle School.

Middle School Radio

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Pedagogy vs. Andragogy: What’s the Difference?


Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning

The combination of short videos and the techniques of active learning can create rich, engaging educational experiences to maximize learning. Empirical studies have shown that active learning approaches, such as combining pause points with interactive quizzes, tasks requiring written responses, or note taking, can improve learning performance.

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2022/2/short-and-sweet-the-educational-benefits-of-microlectures-and-active-learning

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How to make a presentation make a point

When you present, your goal is to: Make a point, Make people care about your point and ask for something. In this post, Mark Pollard shares insights that focus on your point – how to get to it, how to structure it, and how to design it. For starters, you should aim for story rainbows, not information monsters

https://www.markpollard.net/how-to-make-a-presentation-make-a-point/

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Generalist vs. Specialist: Choosing a Path for Career Success

Have you ever wondered if you should be more of a generalist or a specialist? David Epstein, bestselling author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World shares his research and insights on why generalists have the advantage over specialists in today’s workplace.

https://www.ideou.com/blogs/inspiration/generalist-vs-specialist-choosing-a-path-for-career-success

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Failing On Our Way To Mastery | Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the author of 20 bestselling books, founder of altMBA, the Akimbo podcast and runs one of the most popular blogs in the world. Seth chats with Shane Parrish of the Knowledge Project about creative work, fear, shame, trusting yourself, what it means to be a professional, how to become an observer of reality, emotional labor, how we learn and so much more.

Watch video

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Using Email Marketing Tools for Learning Campaigns

Imagine writing a set of emails just once that is sent to different people at different times when they need it most. Among the most powerful and useful features of email marketing tools is email automation. You only have to set it up once, and it runs on its own. After that, you are able to send triggered emails without lifting a finger. It sounds complicated, but it is actually quite simple to set up.

https://mike-taylor.org/2022/03/29/using-email-marketing-tools-for-learning-campaigns%ef%bf%bc%ef%bf%bc/

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  • Vowel combines video conferencing, live meeting transcription, instant recordings, and collaborative agendas + notes — all in one place.
  • EdApp’s Brain Boost helps learners retain new information for longer with automated, personalized follow-up quizzes 
  • TinyWow is a big collection of free online tools for common online tasks
  • Virtual Sapiens Sidekick is an interesting tool that provides in-call nudges to help you stay present and looking your most professional in video meetings. 
  • FetchRSS lets you generate RSS from almost any site. No feed? No problem!

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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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