Active Learning with PowerPoint

02/06/2007 - 13:55

I've read a number of articles and messages denouncing PowerPoint as a teaching tool. They claim that PowerPoint is too passive for the students, the presentation goes too fast, the text is hard to read, and the list goes on. I agree with all of these points.

However, it does not have to be the case. PowerPoint can be used to promote engaged, active learning. To help argue this point, the attached PowerPoint file was a presentation I gave recently to UAA's Learner-Centered Education Symposium. In it I show how hyperlinks in PowerPoint can be used for more free-form instead of linear presentations, how games can be used in PowerPoint to reinforce or present class material, and how Elluminate can be used in a 1:1 environment (one computer per student) where the students individually work on an activity on the computer, the instructor can remotely monitor progress, and share and student submissions with the rest of the class.

activelearning.ppt1.56 MB

Ya, I agree. Power Point is

Ya, I agree. Power Point is what you make of it. People that knock it, I think, expect it to "magically" make the presentation better. A teacher needs to have a vision for their lesson, and then use the best too to enhance learning, not just make a power point presentation because it's what everyone is doing.

I've made some pretty complex interactive power points, they take a lot of work. I also have a great Jeopardy template, with music and everything, very authentic. I will eventually post about, but I'm swamped with work now. It won't be any time soon.

Your Jeopardy template

Your Jeopardy template sounds cool. Can you post it somewhere?

I will in the future. I am

I will in the future. I am actually working on another cool one that I will post in the future. Look for it on the site. I am also going to mention this post in a post I'm publishing tonight.

Please review my

Please review my blog:

(Everthing you know about PowerPoint is Wrong)ThanksJohn

You can also see the

You can also see the presentation here: