Sunday, March 27, 2011

A video on how to make better PowerPoint slides for the classroom or for practice

PowerPoint can be a great classroom teaching tool.  But it can also undermine student learning to the extent professors jettison complexity in order to make the lecture fit the format of a PowerPoint slide. In one article I read about the dangers of teacher over-reliance on PowerPoint, the author said we risk turning our students into the "pancake people" when sophisticated ideas are "flattened" and squeezed of any nuance in order to shoehorn them into the bullet-point format of a slide.  To mitigate the effects of PowerPoint compression, you may want to check out this video from Microsoft's "Casual Office" blog that explains how to make PowerPoint more useful in the classroom, for clients, the boss or whomever.

You can learn more here.

Hat tip to the Chronicle of Higher Ed.


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Keep All Audience Members In Mind: Thanks for the tips on more effective use of PowerPoint. But please remember that your audience includes individuals with different learning styles, perceptual abilities and functional abilities. So, plan your presentation, handouts and materials with great care. Keep in mind the adults and children who have limited or different vision, hearing, intellectual functioning, language and information processing abilities and skills. PowerPoint does not always promote barrier-free learning or information exchange.

Posted by: Leonard Sandler | Mar 28, 2011 6:51:19 AM

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