Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Powerpoint evil for educators?

Attention presenters! Australian researchers have found that powerpoints are not necessarily the best tool for education!

In the article Research Points the Finger at PowerPoint researcher Peter Costello presents findings that show there are limits on the brain's ability to process and information in keep it in short-term memory.

So- reading straight from the bullet points on a PowerPoint is actually supposed to be worse for education. Bummer huh- However he also says:

"It is effective to speak to a diagram, because it presents information in a different form. But it is not effective to speak the same words that are written, because it is putting too much load on the mind and decreases your ability to understand what is being presented."

OK- I think I can do that!

BTW- next Marians 4/26- see you there!

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