The difference between the best and worst classroom PowerPoint is vast, greater than any other classroom tool I’ve used. The teacher who uses it well will enjoy easier classroom management, more satisfied visual learners, richer classroom conversation, and will be, herself, a more satisfied teacher. The teacher who uses it poorly (which is to say, typically) will leave her students no better than when she found them and, in many cases, they’ll be a lot duller.
In other words, PowerPoint is rarely value-neutral. Let’s make it great.
- Quicktime [slidedeck narrated by yrs trly; iPod ready; 23 min; 40.2 MB]
- Flickr Slidedeck [with notes]
- PDF Slidedeck [with notes]
- Session Handouts [pdf]
- Keynote Slidedeck [remix, reuse, recycle]
- Slideshare [uf
a mess; Slideshare & Keynote continue their blood feud; whack colors substituted for transparency; plus slide transitions are somewhat essential support for the thesis that no one should ever use slide transitions; tried to sync up audio but the process is painful; minimum slide length is, like, nine seconds, so Lessigophiles beware.]