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… 59 percent of students in a new survey reported that at least half of their lectures were boring, and that PowerPoint was one of the dullest methods they saw. The survey consisted of 211 students at a university in England and was conducted by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire.

Students in the survey gave low marks not just to PowerPoint, but also to all kinds of computer-assisted classroom activities, even interactive exercises in computer labs. “The least boring teaching methods were found to be seminars, practical sessions, and group discussions,” said the report. In other words, tech-free classrooms were the most engaging.

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5 Comments

  1. source says:

    I believe that PowerPoint is like money: it can be used for good or evil.

    On the other hand, a whiteboard can do almost all the useful things PowerPoint can and none of the annoying things.

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  2. source says:

    I think no one will care if I hijack this thread, so I will use it to warn you:

    A miniseries adaptation of Atlas Shrugged is in the works for Epix, a new premium cable channel. Now, I assume that you spend your free time reading the works of history’s great thinkers, so you probably won’t be watching Epix anyway; I just wanted to tell you to be careful.

    You can read a pretty funny commentary on the adaptation here (there’s cussing, FYI). Has anyone read any Rand recently? I read Atlas Shrugged in high school and hated it, but maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh since I don’t remember it well.

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  3. Clay says:

    It can be a good thing. Sadly many teachers and speakers use it as a crutch.

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  4. Clay says:

    I will not watch the episode based on the 70 page monologue near the end of the book. It took me 2 weeks to read most of the book. It took my 5 weeks to read that monologue.

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  5. shaunmiller says:

    I mainly use powerpoint in my Humanities classes where I show art, or if the lecture requires a lot of picturesque details. Using powerpoint for straight lectures isn’t worth it.

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