There was a terrific discussion of PowerPoint on the ATTW list about a
month ago. I've copied a couple of messages with links to various sites
related to PowerPoint FYI:
> For those who would like to follow the Powerpoint debate as it courses
> through the mainstream media, click on
> to hear this morning's NPR segment titled
> "Educators Question PowerPoint Usage"
> Microsoft's PowerPoint presentation software has become a fixture in
> many American schools. Some educators say the program forces students
> to think in bullet points, instead of exploring the complexity of
> their subjects. Jackson Braider of member station WGBH reports.
> "Association of Teachers of Technical Writing"
> <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>> Here's an example of how good they CAN be: [
> This PPT "lecture" reminds me of Scott McCloud's book UNDERSTANDING
> COMICS. McCloud uses the comic book form to exegete comics (yes, I
> know that "exegete" isn't a verb.) and the Marshall McLuhan website,
> http://www.cios.org/encyclopedia/mcluhan/m/m.html, which also
> practices what it preaches.
> Judy Hakola
> Hello, all--Without wanting to rekindle the fireworks of our recent
> debate about Powerpoint on these listserves, I would like to suggest a
> newly published article that not only speaks usefully on the topic
> discussed among us, but that also models how one might teach both the
> best uses and potential abuses of Powerpoint:
> Karl Keller and Barbara Shwom's response to Tufte's anti-Powerpoint
> argument also contributes to considerations of communication ethics
> re: Columbia in ways that echo our profession's previous analyses of
> the communication problems that contributed to the Challenger
> P.S. For those who are not familiar with why the particular slide
> Keller & Shwom discuss was so critical for the Columbia, you may
> appreciate reading William Langewieshe's article, "Columbia's Last
> Flight," in the November issue of The Atlantic.
> Louise Rehling, Ph.D.
> Director, Technical & Professional Writing Program
> College of Humanities, San Francisco State University
> 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
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