Powerpoint – to use or not to use?

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Powerpoint – to use or not to use?

Class Teaching

The educational twittershpere can be a very strange place.  Over the weekend there was a flurry of discussion about powerpoint – whether it was useful or not for teachers.  Who would have thought that powerpoint could bring about such a passionate response…especially on the first sun-filled weekend of the spring?  Interestingly though, it’s a discussion I’ve had at school on a number of occasions.  It certainly stirs people up!  Personally, I don’t think it’s as straightforward as whether we should use it or not.  I’ve seen powerpoint used really badly and I’ve also seen it used really effectively.  In the words of Bananarama and Fun Boy Three, ‘it aint what you do it’s the way that you do it’.  Here are my thoughts.

Used well….

  • Opening up the curiosity gap – we can support effective explanations by generating curiosity amongst students.  We can do this by presenting them with information that doesn’t tell the…

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