Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 10, 2021

“The only thing you need to feel extremely smart is a lack of curiosity. The perpetually curious will always think they’re dumb.”

Stuart McMillan

Happy Friday! (Also known as Ted Lasso day – when a new episode drops) This week has been beautiful and I’m looking forward to spending some in-person time with my work colleagues this afternoon. We’ll be hanging outside and making the most of sharing a physical space, which has become a rare thing in recent years.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: I’m a big Ted Lasso fan and in last week’s episode Roy Kent plays his “Roy is sorry for not understanding his girlfriend” playlist  (I know I’ll need this numerous times in the future. I just hope it works as well as it did in the show!) 


Last week’s most clicked item:
Top Tools for Learning 2021


Novice vs Expert Design Strategies

Common sense tells us that we should design differently for novices than for experts. What might not be as obvious, is that learning experiences designed for the novice can potentially have negative effects when used on experts. Connie Malamed takes a look at a phenomenon known as the expertise reversal effect.

https://theelearningcoach.com/learning/novice-versus-expert-design-strategies/


Fixing the Overload Problem at Work

Companies keep burning out their employees — and promoting ‘balance’ doesn’t help. Mark Britz recently shared this article looking at how work redesign offers a better solution. This is an interesting peek at a successful work redesign initiative named STAR — an acronym for Support, Transform, Achieve Results

https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/fixing-the-overload-problem-at-work/


Applying & Infusing Behavioral Science

Grab your copy of this free digital book on applying Behavioral Science. It has a a consistent focus on the practitioner and some very practical advice to help aspiring “Behavioral Science champions” increase their impact within organizations.

https://bvanudgeunit.com/book/


Will Education Be Pointless in 30 Years?

The current education system does not encourage learning of the valuable skills of learning to learn, combining skills creatively and adapting to change. Yet these are a polymath’s greatest assets. Every evolution of the system has always neglected that, and truthfully, it’s a hard thing to do through evolution.

https://medium.com/the-understanding-project/will-education-be-pointless-30-years-from-now-part-one-b4887f03cb12


Six Years With a Distraction-Free iPhone

This article about being intentional about what you do on your phone resonates with me quite a bit. This weekend I’ll be following the advice in this article to see if I can cut some of the mindless time I spend on my phone. What about you? Do you have any good tips for preventing your phone from being a distraction? 

https://maketime.blog/article/six-years-with-a-distraction-free-iphone/


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | September 3, 2021

“Attention is the most basic form of love.”

John Tarrant

Happy Friday! Looks like it is going to be a nice coolish day as we’re heading into fall around here. I’m looking forward to some time outside and a long holiday weekend. Hope you find some time to do what you love too. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m trying to focus on wrapping up a presentation deck and there is something about the relaxing sounds of rain in the background that feels right for me today. 


Last week’s most clicked item:
Better Than Bullet Points: Alternative Slide Designs


Top Learning Tools for 2021

Jane Hart has published the 2021 version of her annual Learning Tools list. And as she says, it “was the YEAR OF DISRUPTION! There were so many new tools this year she’s extended the list and added some new sub-lists. 

https://www.toptools4learning.com/


“Rich” Or “Bland”: Which Diagrams Help Students Learn Deeply?

Andrew Watson explores the question of graphics for learning. Here’s a practical question: should the diagrams we use with students be detailed, colorful, bright, and specific? Or, should they be simple, black and white, somewhat abstract? The answer might surprise you. 

https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/rich-or-bland-which-diagrams-helps-students-learn-deeply-2/


Learning as investing: 7 skills that pay off in any job

Scott Young takes a look at what you can learn that will give you the best return on your investment. What would you expect those to be – think about it a second before you head over and take a look. 

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/?ck_subscriber_id=1322445262


Sometimes Mindlessness Is Better Than Mindfulness

In some situations it pays to not pay attention. This article looks at some research showing that focusing too carefully on the execution of well-practiced motor sequences can cause mistakes.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sometimes-mindlessness-is-better-than-mindfulness/


40 Canva Shortcuts and Secret Cheat Codes To Speed Up Your Work

How To Use Canva To Make Stunning Graphics NOW

You might know that I’m a big @Canva fan? It seems there is almost nothing it can’t do. If you’re a Canva user, you might like this list of shortcuts and cheat codes. There is something for everyone. 

https://bettermarketing.pub/40-canva-shortcuts-and-secret-cheat-codes-to-speed-up-your-work-e4d085e3f598


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Quizziz is an app for creating quizzes, presentations, polls, etc that works on any device.
  • PixMiller is yet another good online option for removing image backgrounds
  • SnipRSS is a browser extension that lets you snip content as you browse the internet – collect links to videos, social posts, podcasts, articles and more. 
  • Note Garden is a specialized note-taking tool with a spaced repetition algorithm
  • Defonic is an ambient sound generator for creating a soundscape of your choise

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 27, 2021

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”

Anthony J. D’Angelo.

Happy Friday! 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  This morning I’m working along to this big collection of instrumental versions of pop cover music


Last week’s most clicked item:
BrightCarbon’s Color Tool for PowerPoint


social learning powers distributed work

Harold Jarche reminds us that “distributed work is here to stay, because many people like it, the pandemic is not over and there will be others, and market forces will seek to maximize profits and reduce labour costs. But Zoom calls all day are not going to create work environments where knowledge workers can deal with complex problems or create innovative solutions. The key to distributed work is social learning.”

https://jarche.com/2021/08/social-learning-powers-distributed-work/


Jeremy Caplan’s latest Wonder Tools newsletter includes a summary of his recommended tools for teaching. Check it out for some great sites and apps for live and remote teaching. Many of these tools also work well for meetings….and do yourself a favor by signing up for his newsletter.

https://www.craft.do/s/4PTeHobSdhjxlO


The Real Reason Kids Don’t Like School

If we are to help kids gain happiness from their education in the short and long term, we need to bring to bear more resources to facilitate friendship, which tends to solve both the loneliness and boredom problems. There is a great deal of research on this subject, and practical resources for making friendship easier for all students to achieve.

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/08/how-help-kids-like-school-better-loneliness/619881/


Beyond a Presentation: Designing Beautiful Documents in PowerPoint with Tom Howell

Did you know you can design incredible print documents easily with PowerPoint? I’ve been using PowerPoint for print designs for years and in this article Tom Howell spills some pro tips that can help you upgrade the design of your documents too. 

https://356labs.com/blog/designing-beautiful-documents-in-powerpoint-with-tom-howell-lessons-learned-from-present-to-succeed/


6 Alternatives To Bullet Lists

Too many bullet lists can be mind-numbing. Here are six visual alternatives to bullet points from Connie Malamed. And if you’d like to see even more, I have a similar post with more ways to convert your bullet lists into something better “Better Than Bullet Points: Alternative Text Slide Designs

https://theelearningcoach.com/media/graphics/alternatives-to-bullets/


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 20, 2021

“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path.”

Buddha

Happy Friday!  We’re wrapping up the first few days of the new school year around here. The kids are readjusting from their summer schedule and the grownups are enjoying the possibilities of daytime quiet and flexibility. Hope you’re having a great week.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  It feels like an 80’s kind of day today, so I’ve got the “Best of the 80’s” playing here this morning.


Last week’s most clicked item:
How automation can streamline the role of L&D professionals


Guild Masters on The Future of Learning

See what these Guild Masters have to say about the future of learning. You’ll find insights from Megan Torrance: on data, Connie Malamed on visual design, Karen Hyder on virtual instructor-led training, Nick Floro on educational technologies and Bob Mosher & Conrad (“Con”) Gottfredson on performance support/workflow learning.

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/266/guild-masters-on-the-future-of-learning


The Most Disruptive Trend Of 2021: No Code / Low Code

In many organizations, one of the most important initiatives is the need to tech-enable and digitize our company’s products and service offerings. The current NoCode/Low Code trend is giving rise to a new class of “citizen developers” enabling new capabilities for creating custom software solutions that were previously not possible to those of us who are not programmers. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/betsyatkins/2020/11/24/the-most-disruptive-trend-of-2021-no-code–low-code/?sh=731a1c965702


How Content Consumption Can Help Upgrade Your Brain

Eva Keffenheim shares five steps of personal knowledge management along with some recommendations for strategies and tools to help you maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of your personal PKM setup.  

https://medium.com/the-ascent/how-content-consumption-can-help-upgrade-your-brain-42d626d55e0b


Interoception: how to improve your “gut feeling”

This is an excerpt based on Annie Murphy Paul’s latest book, The Extended Mind, which I’m currently reading. The book is very fascinating and explores how our body not only grants us access to information that is more complex than what our conscious minds can accommodate. It also marshals this information at a pace that is far quicker than our conscious minds can handle. 

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/interoception-how-to-improve-your-gut-feeling


Color Tool for PowerPoint

Often, when working in PowerPoint, it can be really hard to quickly check what colors you’re using – especially if the slides in your presentation come from (or are pasted onto) different templates. Grab this PowerPoint file from BrightCarbon, then copy and paste the slide into your deck. You’ll see the theme colors change depending on what template you’re using, and you can programme in as many custom colors as you like.

https://www.brightcarbon.com/resources/color-tool-powerpoint/


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Lasso is an all-in-one bookmark and web research organizer.
  • Sessions is a unique approach to virtual meetings and training worth checking out.  
  • Smore lets you make great looking email newsletters in minutes.
  • Full Screen Web Capture – just pop in a url and you’ll get a full length screen shot back right in your browser.
  • Mockup Clips lets you Create stunning video mockups in just a few clicks.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 13, 2021

Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably And never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.

Mark Twain

Happy Friday! Fridays are always something to look forward to, especially when there are new Ted Lasso episodes dropping. (“Doing the right thing is never the wrong thing.”) I’ve finally convinced my entire family that it is worthy, so we’ve got a great option for Friday Pizza Night – at least for the next few weeks. If you’ve seen it, who is your favorite character? I like Roy Kent. If you haven’t seen it, you should.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  You can never go wrong with happy music right? Today I’ve got “Happy Days” rolling along.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Making Learning Objectives Explicit


How Automation Can Streamline the Role of L&D Professionals

L&D’s role is more vital than ever, but menial tasks could be holding you back. Tapping the power of automation and the opportunities #NoCode tools have to offer can help you reclaim time and spend it on more meaningful activities. 

https://www.chieflearningofficer.com/2021/08/10/how-automation-can-streamline-the-role-of-ld-professionals/


Why Inquiry-based Approaches Harm Students’ Learning

Inquiry learning involves students discovering new information for themselves rather than having the information explicitly presented to them. This paper by John Sweller suggests a causal relation between the emphasis on inquiry learning and reduced academic performance.

https://www.cis.org.au/publications/analysis-papers/why-inquiry-based-approaches-harm-students-learning/


Your Brain Does Something Amazing Between Bouts of Intense Learning

A new study shows that the brain takes advantage of the rest periods during practice to review new skills, a mechanism that facilitates learning. Interspersing rest with practice during training is advantageous for learning a new skill. In fact, virtually all early skill learning is evidenced during rest rather than during the actual practice.

The work appears in the journal Cell Reports. [Ethan R. Buch et al., Consolidation of human skill linked to waking hippocampo-neocortical replay]

https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/your-brain-does-something-amazing-between-bouts-of-intense-learning/


How to get the most out of an interview with a subject matter expert

Subject Matter Experts are sometimes a rare and valuable resource that can provide you with a ton of knowledge that can help you with a project. But making use of their knowledge requires thinking differently about the interview process. 

https://uxdesign.cc/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-an-interview-with-a-subject-matter-expert-c3f01cec5f69


Access Guide

Access Guide is a playful, simplified guide to digital accessibility – specifically to help understand WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), the official resource for legal compliance. (It’s also a nice example of building a resource with Notion.)

https://accessguide.io/


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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | August 6, 2021

“Free education is abundant, all over the Internet. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce.”

Naval Ravikant

Happy Friday! After some travel chaos, we made it home and are now preparing for getting everyone back to school. The state of air travel here in the US seems madness and I am in now rush to do it again anytime soon. I hope you’re keeping all the madness at bay and enjoying the last few weeks of summer (or winter for our southern hemisphere friends.)

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  This “Chill Lo Fi Beats” playlist is one from the article below about science-backed productivity playlists.


Last week’s most clicked item:
Top 3 Ways to Discover Inspiring Content


Making Learning Objectives Explicit

Andrew Watson shares some interesting research about the effectiveness of making learning objectives explicit for learners. This is a common debate that I’ve tended to agree with him on. This is just one data point but it has me rethinking my perspective. I like his idea “that inviting students to think will have a greater benefit than teachers’ telling them what they’ll be thinking about.” TL:DR: Traditional learning objectives might be better than nothing, but they’re not nearly as helpful as learning-objectives-as-pretests.

https://www.learningandthebrain.com/blog/making-learning-objectives-explicit-a-skeptic-converted-2/


How to Be a Great Curator

The shape of the Internet is changing. We know that curation is the future of how people discover new content on the Internet. But, what does it mean to be a curator, and how do you become a good one? Shane Neubauer shares some insights to help you with your curation efforts. 

https://beyond.so/blog/how-to-be-a-great-curator


Elaboration Strategies that Benefit Learning

Although retrieval practice and spaced learning may be more well-known, elaboration is an instructional strategy worth our attention. Elaboration strategies refer to the many ways of connecting prior knowledge to what someone has newly learned. This has the potential to make the new material more memorable and meaningful. See what Connie Malamed has to share with you on this topic.

https://theelearningcoach.com/learning/elaboration-theory/


Science-Backed Productivity Playlists To Help You Dive Into Deep Work

The music I put at the top of this newsletter is consistently one of the most clicked links every week. So I thought you might like this collection of music from the Trello blog that can add some new listening options for you. I’m a fan of working along to these “Lo-Fi” options. What is your favorite music to work to? 

https://blog.trello.com/science-backed-productivity-playlists


What the Hell Is Going on in the Classroom?

This is an interesting interview with sociologist Victor Ray about the moral panic over Critical Race Theory that is happening here in the US. This is one of several manufactured “panics” that have recurred over the years and attempts to ‘white wash’ our history.

https://lyz.substack.com/p/what-the-hell-is-going-on-in-the


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Refind is a great tool for discovering new content you’re interested in. It serves you 5 new items each day based on your preferences. Check it out! 
  • Integrately is a Zapier alternative for automating and connecting the apps you use. 
  • Sheet 2 SMS is a simple way to send text messages from a spreadsheet.
  • AHA Slides is an audience engagement tool for presentations & training.
  • NoCode Hunt is a directory of NoCode tools

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 30, 2021

A skillful traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.

TAO TE CHING

Happy Friday! We’re coming down the home stretch on our big national park trip out west. It has been totally amazing – and a bit tiring. We’ve covered countless miles on a plane, in the car, in a raft, on foot and even a few miles on horseback. I hope we’ve made some memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  While watching the season two debut of Ted Lasso, my new all-time favorite show, I realized there is some really good music in there too. 


Last week’s most clicked item:
Asynchronous Design Critique: Getting Feedback


How to Extend Your Brain Power to Maximize Your Intelligence

Your brain has limits. Here are some simple ways to extend your mind, according to science

Acclaimed science writer Annie Murphy Paul says that in order to think the intelligent, informed, original thoughts we’re capable of, we can’t rely on the brain alone. Read on to learn how you can extend your mind.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90657052/your-brain-has-limits-here-are-some-simple-ways-to-extend-your-mind-according-to-science


Top 3 Ways to Discover Inspiring Content as a Creator

I’m often asked how I find so much great stuff. This article by Eva Keiffenheim (@Evti) shares some of the same sources I use to create this newsletter – and they’re all free. Of course, if you’ve been around here very long, you won’t be surprised that Feedly is the foundation. 

https://medium.com/swlh/top-3-ways-to-discover-inspiring-content-as-a-creator-4417bed13e47


Pairing fonts – 3 ways to find great typeface combinations 

We are all designers and one of the most common, and I think impactful things we do is select fonts. This is a beginner’s guide that will teach you some principles, show you two quick wins you can apply right away, and – if you want more – goes into the nerdy details. (I love nerdy details!) 

https://pimpmytype.com/pairing-fonts/


The Fabric of the Org is Links Not Bricks

Lee Bryan proposes that  in many cases the transaction costs of coordinating work are now higher within a conventional office-based firm than without.  The issue is not office vs home, but collaboration vs meetings. 

https://postshift.com/the-fabric-of-the-org-is-links-not-bricks/


How to Implement Active Learning Strategies and Activities

As interest in active learning has grown—and with its value now firmly established empirically—what gets labeled as active learning continues to expand. This post gathers a big collection of resources on Active Learning Strategies, Think-Pair-Share, Active Learning Classroom and Active Learning versus Passive Learning

https://s35691.pcdn.co/articles/effective-teaching-strategies/how-to-implement-active-learning-strategies-and-activities-into-your-classroom/


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Photoroom Background Remover is another free online option that works very well. 
  • Extract Pics is a website that lets you browse and download images from a website. 
  • Pattern Monster is a simple online pattern generator to create repeatable SVG patterns for your designs.
  • Animated Illustrations from Icons8 to brush up your designs. 
  • LinkRoll is a social bookmark manager where you can easily share and organize your bookmarks in a visual and intuitive way.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 23 2021

“We find what we are looking for in life—if you look for happiness, you will see it; if you look for distrust and envy and hatred—all those things—you will find those too.”

Alexander McCall Smith

Happy Friday! We’ve made it to Montana and are taking in the 3B’s of Glacier National Park – bears, big horn sheep and beautiful vistas. (I’d share pictures but they can not even come close to doing it justice.) Today we are on our way towards Big Sky, then onwards from there to Yellowstone and the Tetons. (Tonight’s Ted Lasso Season Two debut is also on the agenda!)  Hope you get a chance for adventure even if it is just outside your front door.

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: This playlist by Mother Mother is courtesy of my daughter, who keeps me up-to-date with the “good” music as she tells me. 


Last week’s most clicked item:
The Biggest Myth in Education-Learning Styles


Zoom Apps

This week Zoom announced Zoom Apps – 50 options for combining your favorite apps with Zoom. There are over 50 apps to start with on the way. 

https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/zoom-apps.html


Accessible and Inclusive Design Conference 2021

Check out all the recordings and resources from this recent conference. Lots of great insights on accessiblity and inclusiveness. 

https://www.thetldc.com/aidc21-recordings


What does it mean to be ‘evidence-informed’ in teaching?

Tom Sherrington takes a look at this question and a recent report from the Education Endowment Foundation on  “Cognitive Science Approaches in the Classroom”. Even approaches with indicative evidence of promise like retrieval practice, spaced practice, and the use of worked examples are, as yet, only supported by a few studies that examine their impact in everyday classroom conditions—delivered by teachers over long periods of time.

https://teacherhead.com/2021/07/19/what-does-it-mean-to-be-evidence-informed-in-teaching/


Asynchronous Design Critique: Getting Feedback

Almost everyone faces this challenge: how to get valuable feedback. “Any comment?” is probably one of the worst ways to ask for feedback. It’s vague and open ended, and it doesn’t provide any indication of what we’re looking for. Getting good feedback starts earlier than we might expect: it starts with the request. Dig in to this article from A List Apart to learn more about how to get good feedback.

https://alistapart.com/article/asynchronous-design-critique-giving-feedback-part2/


Instructional Design & Self-Directed Learning

The Learning Science Weekly crew breaks down this study from last year that aimed to assess how instructional design factors related to independent online learning.. The key findings include: For independent online learning environments, instructional designers should consider incorporating inquiry questions, instructional guidance, and detailed feedback as effective ways to mitigate the need for immediate instructor support. Sign up for their newsletter while you’re there. 

https://mailchi.mp/learningscienceweekly/driving-learner-engagement?e=d65a6ef5bf


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Awesome Spreadsheet is “the best way to embed spreadsheet data in websites”.
  • 10015 Toolbox is a collection of online tools from different categories such as text tools, image tools, coding tools, css tools and so on. 
  • PitchPages allows you to instantly build a beautiful and mobile-friendly investor pitch deck without any code or design expertise.
  • Copy Pallette – Create your SVG palette and use it in Figma/Sketch by just using COPY and PASTE
  • Happy Hues – Curated colors in context give you real world color inspiration.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 16, 2021

“It is not the amount of knowledge that makes a brain. It is not even the distribution of knowledge. It is the interconnectedness.”

Howard Bloom

Happy Friday! This is the last newsletter before I pack up my floppy travel hat and head out west for a big adventure with my family. I hope you’ve had a great week and enjoy a pleasant weekend. 

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to: These “Lo Fi Beats” make a great background for working, studying or just relaxing in general


Last week’s most clicked item:
Interactive Periodic Table of Amazing Learning Experiences


Six Enablers of Emergent Learning

Sahana Chattopadhyay has previously written about designing organizations as interconnected communities to stay responsive and resilient here and here. Along those lines she shares some inherent conditions and practices that can help nurture and support emergent learning in organizations. 

https://medium.com/activate-the-future/six-enablers-of-emergent-learning-a1b9390279a6


The Biggest Myth In Education 

Derek Muller (@veritasium) has a fantastic YouTube channel highlighting all kinds of cool science stuff. In this episode, he tackles the myth of learning styles. As Danieal WIllingham tweeted,this is  “Best video I’ve seen on learning style evidence.” Probably worth a bookmark so you can share it anytime you find people spouting of about learning style non-sense.  

Watch the video on YouTube


Poor Proxies for Learning. Powerful insights from Rob Coe

Rob Coe (@ProfCoe) is a great mind working in the field of educational research and he has contributed a number of valuable insights including his What Makes Great Teaching report and the Great Teaching Toolkit

https://teacherhead.com/2021/07/12/poor-proxies-for-learning-powerful-insights-from-prof-coe/


How unconscious forces control our actions

Subliminal messaging and nudge psychology lead us to believe that we can be influenced without us realising, but just how powerful is our unconscious mind? Read this to learn more about how our unconscious processes, such as intuition, function in ways that automatically and rapidly synthesise a range of complex information

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210527-how-unconscious-forces-control-our-actions


Learning Guild Authoring Tools Report

This Learning Guild research report explores the current state of eLearning authoring tools. Check out which tools are most popular, what features users value most, and how the pandemic has affected the market’s demand for synchronous tools.

https://www.learningguild.com/insights/264/authoring-tools-2021/


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Reduct.video transcribes your video recordings and allows everyone to search, edit, and share video as easily as text.
  • Markup.io is an easy way to leave feedback on digital content.
  • Spread.cv lets you build a cool online resume using Google Sheets for free.
  • NoCodeCheatSheet is a simple, practical guide to help you navigate the #NoCode tools landscape.
  • Typedream helps you build a beautiful website using a simple interface.

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Friday Finds: The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 9, 2021

Before we reinvent the wheel, it’s worth looking back to leverage what we’ve already figured out.

Lessons From Shakespeare

Happy Friday! After a late start and a rain delay, We had a late finish to my daughter’s softball double header last night. She just started catching and seems to have some natural instincts for it. It is such a treat to watch people you love doing so well. Now, I need more coffee!

Thanks for reading!

What I’m Listening to:  I’m exploring some new “lo-fi jazz” artists like Phlocalyst on this gray, rainy day.


Last week’s most clicked item:
The Nuts & Bolts of Instructional Design: A Beginner’s Toolkit


Periodic Table of Learning Experiences

Check out this interactive site that accompanies Brian Washburn’s book  ”What’s Your Formula?: Combine Learning Elements for Impactful Training”. It is a nice guide to experimenting with different instructional methods and technologies. 

https://www.51elementsoflearning.com/


Is Audacity Really Spyware? 

In case you haven’t seen this news yet, starting with version 3.0 Audacity will start collecting limited personal data for sharing with law enforcement and third parties including things like your IP address, OS version, OS name, CPU details, error codes, and crash reports. As it stands, there’s no evidence to suggest Audacity is leaking your private information, or the audio that you’re using in Audacity, to any third parties or governments. But you should be aware so you can make your own decision on whether or not you want to use it. 

https://lifehacker.com/is-audacity-really-spyware-1847230028


How to Breathe

Don’t skip past this one. I know it seems overly simple but this is really fascinating stuff. Respiration influences many of the processes in our body that have a direct impact on our physical and mental health. In short, we can change our breathing on demand, which can be a hack to accessing the rest of our physiology. I also recommend a great book “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by James Nestor

https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-breathe-your-way-to-better-health-and-transcendence


An ode to slowness: the benefits of slowing down

I’ve often said “Sometimes you have to slow down to go faster” and there just may be something to that idea. It may seem counterintuitive, but slowing down can be a faster way to achieve your goals. Fighting our urge to live and work faster can lead to clearer thinking, deeper connections, and better mental health.

https://nesslabs.com/the-benefits-of-slowing-down


Try Something .New

.new links are shortcuts to your favorite actions on the websites you love. Posting, linking, designing, recording — it’s all possible with action-based .new links. Replace menus and long URLs with easy-to-remember shortcuts. 

Check out the full list of .new shortcuts and find one for your favorite web apps including Google Workspace, Miro, Adobe, Canva, Office and more. 

https://whats.new/shortcuts/


Podcasts


Tools & Tips

  • Walling.app is a great visual workspace to manage all your work, projects and ideas.
  • Scale Illustrations are free, customizable illustrations you can use without attribution
  • Clipchamp is a free video editor, compressor, converter and webcam recorder
  • Narakeet is an easy way to turn your powerpoint slides into narrated videos
  • FilmForth is a free video editor, movie maker & slideshow video maker for Windows 10

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