by Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Recently, I wrote a post that looked at PowerPoint as just one educational tool out of many. The point I was trying to make is that just because PowerPoint is easy to use, it isn’t always the right tool for the job.
Well, I came across an article on NPR recently that provides some interesting voices in the conversation about presentation software. Alan Yu reports on military, academic, and corporate entities (among them, Amazon.com) that have declared all out war on PowerPoint by banning it from meetings and presentations. Yu quotes Andrew Asker, one of the organizers of a physics forum that traded PowerPoint for old-fashioned white boards and markers. Askew says the transition was “like a big glass barrier was removed between the speaker and the audience”.
If you are interested in learning more about how practices in the professional world could help inform your teaching, read the full article here.
Do you ever notice a “big glass barrier” between you and your students? Do you think PowerPoint contributes to this? Have you tried moving away from PowerPoint and noticed any changes in how you interact with students? Leave a comment and let us know.