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Teaching Tools :Overuse of PowerPoint?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

We have either used Microsoft Powerpoint, (or Google slides) or being exposed to it in our tertiary studies. Why do our own PowerPoint slides look the way they look? How can a person sit over there in the meeting room with 10 others,observing this dismally bad PowerPoint filled with charts, graphical elements, page numbers, fading away five, seven minutes, thinking of other things and to process it all? Some corporates are actually banning the use of Powerpoint slides in their meetings. We don't know if students are. Afterall, we need to be engaging them in different ways.

But, what about your own students? Are they "bored to death" via powerpoints? Is it the equivalent of turning your backs and just writing things on the blackboard for the whole teaching period? What can be done to improve the engagement and interaction and most of all absorption of concepts?

Watch this TEDx talk by David Phillips who has become the leading Swedish figure in the art of making presentations. He is the founder and owner of Sweden's largest resource on the subject: He is also author of the ground-breaking book "How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint" published in more than 30 countries. Even if we don't use Powerpoint some of his points would apply to how we generally approach teaching?

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