“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”

Charles Darwin 

Happy Friday! 

Thanks for reading.

What I’m Listening to: I think I may have shared Dayglow before, but they’re so good I’ve got them on again today and they’re worth checking out if you haven’t heard them yet.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
Five ways to reduce PowerPoint overload


How to Enter ‘Flow’ State On Command

Researchers have discovered 22 catalysts that can help you prepare your environment and quickly drop into a flow state. Steven Kotler shares a few of these that include distraction management, dopamine triggering, and concentration. 

Watcsteven_kotlerh Video

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How to Fill a Horizontal Slide With a Vertical Image

This is a super simple and very useful “trick” to have up your sleeve. I use it all the time in PowerPoint

https://mike-taylor.org/2018/02/06/how-to-fill-a-horizontal-slide-with-a-vertical-image/

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Why learning together is the future of online education

Online course completion rates are notoriously low. When you put learners in a group together and give them a plan, you amplify their learning ability. 

https://www.fastcompany.com/90733863/why-learning-together-is-the-future-of-online-education

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What’s On Your Radar? Trends, Emerging Technologies, and Brushing Up on Basics

In this research report, What’s on Your Radar? Trends, Emerging Technologies, and Brushing Up on Basics, Jane Bozarth asks several presenters from the recent Learning Solutions conference to recap their sessions for those who may have missed it. I think this type of event recap is a good idea that all conferences should adopt. 

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/282/whats-on-your-radar-trends-emerging-technologies-and-brushing-up-on-basics/

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How to Create Beautiful and Effective Academic Posters in PowerPoint

If you know anyone who ever needs to create academic posters, our good friends at BrightCarbon have it covered. With top tips and some templates to get you started, you can say goodbye to ugly, dense posters forever. 

https://www.brightcarbon.com/blog/effective-academic-posters-powerpoint/

  • On a Mac, you can preview any file by using the spacebar. QuickLook brings this feature to Windows
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  • Compose.ai is a free Chrome extension that “cuts your writing time by 40%”
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  • UPDF is a free PDF editor that supports editing text and images in a PDF on Windows, Mac, and iOS
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  • Klas is an easy way to create and host engaging live classes
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  • Bob Ross Ipsum is the happiest little text generator you’ll ever see. 

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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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