Friday Find Finds — Reduce PowerPoint Overload, Merging Modalities, Designing for Cognitive Bias

Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.”

Jane Kenyon

Schools out. Schools out. Teachers let the monkeys out! Summer has started but our activity level has somehow gone up, not down. Band camp, softball tournaments, work and hopefully some fun squeezed in as much as possible around here this summer. Hope you’re summer shapes up to be a great one. Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  Have you ever discovered something new that felt like an old favorite? That’s how I feel about The Walters, who I’m listening to today. Cool and casual-perfect for a Friday.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Google Fonts Knowledge

5 Ways to Reduce PowerPoint Overload

The science behind #PowerPoint overload & recommendations to reduce it. It is time to shift your thinking and change your PowerPoint habits to align with the way people learn.


The Do’s and Don’ts of Personalization in Tech

Why does personalization work? What are its limits? How does psychology make an appearance in this complicated tech story? This article breaks it down.


The Landscape of Merging Modalities

Modality typically refers to the location and timing of interactions. What used to be a simple binary of face-to-face or online has become so complex that our ability to understand each other is impaired. This article will help us all to have a shared understanding of what online or blended learning really means.


Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil

This was the closing keynote from the recent Learning Solutions conference by David Dylan Thomas. He gets into some real-world examples to identify some particularly harmful biases that frequently lead people to make bad decisions. He also explores our own biases as designers and methods to prevent our own blind spots from hurting those we serve.


  • Coco Material is a pretty sweet collection of free hand-drawn illustrations
  • Felt is a great way to make your own custom maps online
  • Kiwi Stream is a nice option for real-time Q&A for conferences and online sessions
  • Claap lets you record quick videos of your screen, get contextual feedback, and make better asynchronous decisions
  • Pixelied is an online graphics creation suite along the lines of Canva. (ish)


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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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