Originally Posted by designprofessor
Is it effective? Yes and no. I lecture through power point presentations - a decade ago it would have been through 35mm slides.
I'm now looking into downloaded text books and audio textbooks via ipod. the technology does not guarantee that the student will absorb the information, they may never crack the textbook either. when the technology works seamlessly its pretty cool! when there is a glitch, i'm back to the chalkboard -not bad either.
I had a few classes recently in college that would use downloaded textbook articles and such. I could only read so much text on a screen at a time before my eyes would get sore and I would get tired of sitting at a computer desk. I inevetably would print the article out and just read it from there. This would also allow me to underline or highlight passages, and I could take it with me anywhere to read, study and review from.
Power point presentations in lecture were nice, especially for those classes where there would have been a ton of information typically written on a blackboard. However, some professors would just put up power point slides and read through them, not doing any further explanation. They would often post the slideshow on the class's FTP site before or after lecture. After a few weeks the attendance to lecture shot down, as people figured they could just skip class and download the powerpoint.
The best way I saw professors use power point were to make slides with basic points and information, then lecture on the finer points. The computer stuff was used in conjuntion with traditional lecture and book work. I personally got more out of lectures like that.
One of the best ways of integrating the technology was to be able to submit assignments on-line, either through e-mail or posting to FTP. It saved time in class, as there wasn't a made rush of people turning in essays and assignments, and you could turn in your work whenever, 3 am if you wished. Being able to just type answers into an on-line worksheet also helped people like me with questionable handwriting.