Friday Finds — Tools for Learning, Understanding Forgetting, Memorable Feedback

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“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ​

Richard Feynman

Happy Friday! It is football season here and that means that cooler weather and my favorite time of the year is just around the corner.  There is something about the band playing and the crowd cheering that just makes you feel good. I hope you’re feeling good too as you head into your weekend.

Thanks for reading. 

What I’m Listening to: This morning I’m checking out another recommendation from my daughter – The Neighborhood. So far, so good. (If you’re on Spotify, you can follow me here.)


Last week’s most clicked item:
Swedish Philosophy of ‘Lagom’ (Just Enough)

Jane Hart’s Top Tools for Learning 

The results of Jane Hart’s annual tools for learning survey is in and it looks like the experimentation and influx of new tools from last year has abated with fewer tools being submitted this year. Check out this year’s list and other insights from this year’s data.


Understanding Forgetting

Forgetting is a necessary part of the brain’s memory management. It is powerful, inevitable and adaptive. Sarah Cottingham reminds us that the best thing we can do is understand it and work with it.


Memorable Feedback: Lessons from Cognitive Psychology in Selective Attention

In order for feedback to even have a chance to improve learning, learners must first selectively attend to that feedback. (Filed under: No duh.) This article by Dr Bethany Brunsman and Dr Rob McEntarffer includes some suggestions for providing feedback to focus selective attention and improve learning.


Dr. Erich Jarvis: The Neuroscience Of Speech, Language & Music

Did you know that as we read, the muscles that generate speech engage. The same phenomenon does not occur when we hear or listen to sentences. In other words, reading is a form of speech practice. Dig into this and more great insights in this conversation with Erich Jarvis.


Effective Strategies for Managing Information Overload

Constant access to technology can be overwhelming. And when your work relies on habitual digital consumption, it can easily cause information overload. Tune into this conversation with digital wellness expert Julia Soffa on effective strategies you can adopt to overcome information overload.




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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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