(Not) Teaching PowerPoint

I taught two classes on supporting oral presentations with PowerPoint for a history teacher on Friday. Though PowerPoint is a visual aid designed to support oral presentations, too many users let it drive their presentations. I emphasized three principles:

1. Write separate speaking notes for your presentation.
2. Reading from your bullet points makes you a talking head.
3. Include multimedia content that supports your arguments.

It is ironic to be invited to teach a class on PowerPoint yet spend most of my time deemphasizing the role of PowerPoint in an oral presentation. This underscores how far we have to go in the use of technology as a tool to support educational endeavors.

I will post my supporting PowerPoint presentation once I remove some fair-use copyrighted content from it!

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