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    Filed at 6:48 am under by dcobranchi

    The Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal points out the popularity of using Microsoft PowerPoint in the g-schools.

    Teachers say creating a PowerPoint presentation captivates students and gives them background using a technological tool common in business.

    Critics say PowerPoint requires students to do little more than assemble outlines and is a poor replacement for age-old standards such as essays.

    I’m with the critics. PowerPoint teaches (if it teaches anything at all) how to make pretty slides without writing a complete sentence. If the kids are going to need it for business (and I use it all the time at work), there will be plenty of time to learn it after they’ve learned to write.

    5 Responses to “PPT IS EVIL”


    Comment by
    PolitaKid
    August 22nd, 2005
    at 2:23 pm

    At first, I disagreed with your post. I think PowerPoint is useful in schools. I’m in high school, and students and teachers at my school use it frequently. PowerPoint is used often in businesses, and it is the most convenient way to do a presentation. Also, learning PowerPoint is similar to learning good note taking, because the short blurbs used in PowerPoint are very similar to the way I take notes in history or science class.

    But, then I read the article you linked to and was astonished to realize that they are talking about first graders! Now, that is ridiculous. First graders can barely write “The cat ran”, let alone do a PowerPoint research presentation. PowerPoint shouldn’t be used until at least middle school, after students know how to write well.


    Comment by
    Sandra
    August 22nd, 2005
    at 4:11 pm

    As part of series on using technology in schools, my husband visited a high school web design class, in which the kids were being taught to build their web pages in Powerpoint. As he traveled down the line of computer monitors documenting the kids’ completed web sites, very few of these high school seniors had screens with correct spelling or grammar. The teacher, however, was very proud of the class accomplishments. This, by the way, occurred in 2004. Two boys in the class decided to use Flash instead of Powerpoint to create their projects, but they, too, had screens full of mispelled words.


    Comment by
    COD
    August 22nd, 2005
    at 9:25 pm

    They are designing web pages in Powerpoint? Good grief, that is like trying to cook a good stir fry in a crock pot. You might make it sort of work, but it certainly isn’t the proper tool for the job.

    The web design teacher should be fired. Web design should be taught with The Gimp and a text editor.


    Comment by
    Daryl
    August 22nd, 2005
    at 10:05 pm

    The Gimp? Really? I use it for all my photo editing. I didn’t realize it did anything else.


    Comment by
    COD
    August 23rd, 2005
    at 5:12 pm

    The Gimp for graphics manipulation – text editor for HTML. If they are using Powerpoint it’s fsafe to assume these are not text only web sites being created.