Powerpoint. Every office has it. A lot of people hate it. Some people even promote the “death of powerpoint”. True, powerpoint is a much abused software… but it’s also an extremely flexible and in the right hands, a tool for creative teaching and sharing of ideas. Take exhibit A, the most awesome 450 page presentation ever.
Over the last year or so, I’ve attempted to squeeze every inch of creative teaching and learning potential out of powerpoint due to a limited budget and thus, other softwares. This has resulted in two types of visual media: narrated animations that illustrate overarching research concepts (for example see Subject headings vs keywords in my University of Otago Unitube uploads), and interactive “click zone” slideshows.
I created one of these files for the Trainee Interns- these are med students in their final year of study. To end a teaching session focusing on implementing good professional development and information management strategies, students reflect on what will work for them by accessing the interactive questionnaire Information Jedi Master. Gimmicky, but pedagogically sound I promise.
Wanted to share these projects as I’m sure there are other out there similarly frustrated by limited access to softwares beyond the MS Office suite. Happy powerpointing!