Four short links: 15 June 2009

  1. More Talk Less Chalk — wordy slides that duplicate what the speaker says make it harder to learn. [R]esults indicate that participants exposed to lexically sparse slides had better recall of thematic content, suggesting that deeper encoding occurs when working memory demands are reduced, and that this may be achieved simply by minimising the number of words on the slide. In presenting competing visual and verbal lexical narratives, instructors may be inadvertently increasing the extrinsic cognitive load. If you don’t think that your job requires you to know how to communicate, you’re wrong. (via Titine on Delicious)
  2. AP in Deal to Deliver Non-Profits’ Journalism (NYTimes) — Starting on July 1, the A.P. will deliver work by the Center for Public Integrity, the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and ProPublica to the 1,500 American newspapers that are A.P. members, which will be free to publish the material. A six-month experiment, the four groups combined have more than 50 professional journalists. Good to see media companies experimenting with new models for funding journalism. (via timoreilly on Twitter)
  3. Number of iPhone Subscribers is 6.4 Million — Matt Gross reports on Nielson’s iPhone numbers. Forty-percent of iPhone subscribers have household incomes of $100,000 or more, compared with 19% for all subscribers. 75% of iPhone subscribers download apps.
  4. Adam Savage: Colossal Failures — video of his talk from Maker Faire, telling juicy stories” about his failures. Very watchable/listenable. (via waxy)