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School computer technology, necessary?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by lee_44106, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    Its good tips I'm hearing from you guys. I make the Powerpoint from scratch rather than those templates they offer, so its not the expected format. Mine are 99% images
    with major points bulleted. I read only from these to start off the lecture or discussion or emphasize major points to remember. To skip class and just retrieve the power point only gets you the picture -the rest is a combination of books /notes from lectures.

    Occaisionally I set myself on fire, just to keep it interesting[​IMG]
     
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    I read only from these to start off the lecture or discussion or emphasize major points to remember. (...)

    Occaisionally I set myself on fire, just to keep it interesting[​IMG]


    I wish that my fellow students had heard your comments and taken them to heart - the former or the latter.

    Actually, the only areas that bothered me were: The Opening, the intros, body, conclusion, and closing. I hated people who read from the slides and turned their back to the audiences.

    I'm having a hard time getting off the soapbox on this one. Honestly, just a little bit of effort in this one area puts you at the top 10% of anyone who has ever used Power Point.
     
  3. GQgeek

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    And I teach economics where it oftentimes can be obvious if the number makes sense. Yet students will report to me a negative price.

    bob


    And you teach at a university? How did they pass high-school? [​IMG]
     
  4. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Its good tips I'm hearing from you guys. I make the Powerpoint from scratch rather than those templates they offer, so its not the expected format. Mine are 99% images
    with major points bulleted. I read only from these to start off the lecture or discussion or emphasize major points to remember. To skip class and just retrieve the power point only gets you the picture -the rest is a combination of books /notes from lectures.

    Occaisionally I set myself on fire, just to keep it interesting[​IMG]


    I can understand where you're coming from about not wanting to make it easy for people to skip class, but wouldn't you prefer that they be listening intently instead of furiously trying to scribble down notes? For me there's always a huge difference in enjoyment between classes that have half-decent PP slides available and those that don't. With the slides I can focus on listening and add in the missing detail instead of having to write everything out. People that skip all the time will likely do poorly for other reasons so that shouldn't be the rationale for not providing moderately thorough slides.
     
  5. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    I can understand where you're coming from about not wanting to make it easy for people to skip class, but wouldn't you prefer that they be listening intently instead of furiously trying to scribble down notes? For me there's always a huge difference in enjoyment between classes that have half-decent PP slides available and those that don't. With the slides I can focus on listening and add in the missing detail instead of having to write everything out. People that skip all the time will likely do poorly for other reasons so that shouldn't be the rationale for not providing moderately thorough slides.

    Excellent point. One of my best students sat on the front row and just watched and listened. I asked him about it one day, he said he did better that way. He aced all my courses. I actually don't mind if students draw either. I drew and it helped me pay attention. In the end, if I can get the conversation with the students going, that seems to be best. the technology then only serves as a backdrop for some shared experience.
     

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