Yesterday Tv was so bad that I finally end up at one of the music stations. I realized that there was an older technology that I could have used – a radio.
I wonder how different the learning from our PowerPoints is if we compare PowerPoint use to older ways of teaching. Teachers have used chalkboards to present information. Teachers have used pictures to aid in the learning. Teachers have shown movies (yes, we used to have movie projectors). PowerPoint makes it easier to those things. However, by itself PowerPoint does not increase student learning. What do you use PowerPoint for other than agendas, notes, showing pictures, jumping to resources?
Do you use PowerPoint to help students to focus on the standard for the unit and to see their progress in the standard? Do you use PowerPoint to scaffold information in a step by step process for the students so all can be successful? Do you use PowerPoint to show exemplars? Do you use PowerPoint to provide practice exercises for them to assess how well they are doing in the standard? Do you use PowerPoint to celebrate their learning successes? If you do those uses, then PowerPoint truly becomes a powerful learning tool for our students. PowerPoint aids you in transforming learning to success.