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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.