Meta-messages: Why am I “on” the island but “in” the city?

Meta-messages: Why am I “on” the island but “in” the city?

Have you ever wondered why we say in the city, on the island, or at the ballgame? Those tiny words convey a deep-seated (and often culturally varied) understanding of the nature of each location. In other words, the prepositions imply our concepts of the “containers” or our “mental shapes” of the spaces:

10 PowerPoint conventions ready for retirement

10 PowerPoint conventions ready for retirement

What makes a professional presentation “old school”? Help me build the list… I’ve attended a few professional conferences over the last several months and have noticed a high number of presentations that are (by my own assessment) old school. I mean they include outdated stylistic conventions, which (I believe) diminish the effectiveness and undermine the appeal of the presenter’s message.

Tablets vs. textbooks: how do we replace what’s lost?

Tablets vs. textbooks: how do we replace what’s lost?

Tablets beat-out traditional textbooks in many ways, but printed books still have the edge when it comes to some cognitive outcomes. How can knowledge design help bridge the gap? The Navy just started a pilot program to give tablet computers to new recruits at the Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois. This coincides with similar efforts from the Army, […]