Pedagogic PowerPoint


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PowerPoint presentation for use in academic staff development workshops. Please feel free to download as PDF where additional text in the notes pane is accessible by clicking on the speech bubble on the top left of each slide.

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Pedagogic PowerPoint

  1. Pedagogic  PowerPoint using presentation software  more effectively
  2. PowerPoint: much derided • PowerPoint and the decline of western  civilisation • Death by bullet points  • PowerPoint: tool of the devil • Is PowerPoint the devil? • PowerPoint is evil Power corrupts. PowerPoint corrupts absolutely
  3. two positions on PowerPoint  i) blame the software ii) blame the user “… the PowerPoint  “The stereotypic teacher‐ style routinely  centred, noninteractive  disrupts, dominates,  mode of lecturing … is  and trivializes  simply clarified and  content.” amplified by the use of  (Tufte 2003: 7) PowerPoint.” (Kinchin 2006: 647)
  4. the uses of PowerPoint 1 to provide visual support for presentations 2 to create handouts 3 to upload to an institutional VLE e.g. Blackboard
  5. the uses of PowerPoint 1 2 3 PowerPoint as presentation software
  6. the uses of PowerPoint common PowerPoint hates 1 2 3 • reading notes off the slides • too much text • too many bullet points • inappropriate use of clip art • distracting animations
  7. the uses of PowerPoint using PowerPoint better 1 2 3 • create slides that reinforce your words • move text off the slide • use audience input • segment your presentation • forget animation – use useful tools
  8. the uses of PowerPoint 1 2 3 PowerPoint for handouts
  9. the uses of for handouts PowerPointPowerPoint 1 2 3 • 3-slides to a page PowerPoint handout? • an advance organiser? (distributed at the start) • a take home with additional resources? (distributed at the end)
  10. the uses of PowerPoint 1 2 3 PowerPoint as online resource
  11. the uses of as online resource PowerPointPowerPoint 1 2 3 Options available include uploading: • as .ppt • as .pdf • as web pages • to media sharing site (e.g. SlideShare)
  12. PowerPoint: references Appersona, J.M. (et al.) (2008).An assessment of student preferences for PowerPoint presentation structure in undergraduate courses. Computers & Education, 50(1) 148-153 Atkinson, C. (2004). Five Experts Dispute Edward Tufte on PowerPoint. Sociable Media. Accessed 12 March 2007, from <> Bartscha, R.A. and Cobern, K.M. (2003). Effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations in lectures. Computers & Education, 41(1) 77–86 Tufte, E. (2003). ‘PowerPoint Is Evil’. Wired. Issue 11.09. Accessed 12 March 2007, from <> Tufte, E. (2006). The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within. 2nd Ed. Cheshire Connecticut: Graphics Press LLC. Kinchin, I. (2006). ‘Developing PowerPoint Handouts to support meaningful learning’. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37 647-650 Turkle, S. (2003). ‘From Powerful Ideas to PowerPoint’. Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 9 (19) 19-25 Delicious PowerPoint links