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Transitioning out of PowerPoint

Ever had that feeling as an instructor where teaching a class felt like you’re striving to thread student discussion, yet it still leads to nowhere? Here’s a solution: ditch PowerPoint. Elimination of PowerPoint presentations with the replacement of a web presentation will enhance better conversations in the classroom according to a blog post regarding the Teaching Professor Technology Conference. Instructors will trade their method of teaching from design and present to present and discuss using the web solely as an aid rather than a tool to rely on. Web presentations allow more ‘collaboration and updating’ and  while PowerPoint usually lists data and references, a web presentation has the ability to go directly to the web source, making students more interested in going into further research.

It’s definitely a different trade off especially if instructors have relied on images and charts to present information throughout their teaching career. So is it worth the risk? That’s up to the instructor to find out.

Or maybe you’re tired of PowerPoint in general, but still like the aspect of design in your presentations. Here are a few PowerPoint alternatives:

  • Prezi

  • Google Presentation (via Google Drive)

  • Reveal: This is for those of you who speak HTML, and want to get creative

  • Slides: The same as Reveal, just no coding experience necessary

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