Thursday, March 31, 2011

A neuroscientific defense of PowerPoint

For those PowerPoint lovers out there, or those who need more convincing, here's a great article by Ohio State Professor Deborah J. Merritt called "Legal Education in the Age of Cognitive Science and Advanced Classroom Technology."  In it, Professor Merritt argues that PowerPoint is well suited to the way our brains learn. The key is using visuals rather than bullet points to reinforce important concepts.  Here's a brief excerpt:

PowerPoint can advance the cognitive science principles that are essential to good learning. The medium’s greatest strength lies in its ability to project visual images. Tapping that capacity enhances right brain thinking, increasing students’ ability to synthesize complex materials and see the big picture. PowerPoint also supports several techniques for expanding working memory, enabling students to master complicated material more readily.

You can read the rest here.


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