Monday, August 10, 2009

Power to PowerPoint

Before I started university this year I had not heard of PowerPoint let alone used this presentation tool. To my relief the process of constructing, editing and operating PowerPoint for group presentations was simple. Being user friendly this tool is appropriate for all ages.
Other advantages of PowerPoint are:
· Visual media such as videos, photos and charts are easy to incorporate into text.
· Groups can work on the PowerPoint separately and then bring it together as a final presentation.
· Use of palm cards is reduced (PowerPoint used as an information prompt)
· Helps with retaining audience attention.

Some problems I have encountered with PowerPoint are:
· Technical difficulties
· Presentation not compatible on other computers

Salomon and Perkins (1998, as cited in McInerney & McInerney, 2006) stated that a tool is used to extend the learners capability to achieve a desired result and to act as a cognitive scaffold.

PowerPoint is a visual tool that can be used to help support and implement presentations and lessons material. As Felder (2005) points out in a recent paper, a high percentage of students surveyed considered themself visual learners. Taking this into account, PowerPoint used wisely with engaging contents (e.g., multimedia, web links) would live up to its name and be a powerful tool to support active learning.

Thanks for listening
Jim Price

Felder, M., R. (2005). Understanding student differences. Retrieved August 3, 2009, from

Mclnerney, D. M, & Mclnerney, V. (2006). Educational psychology constructing learning. Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia: Pearsons Education Australia.

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