Teaching with Multimedia and PowerPoint
- Unleashing the Power of PowerPoint
PowerPoint as a tool will not, in and of itself, improve student learning. It’s the way that instructors use PowerPoint that can encourage student learning by strategically employing it to engage students in the learning process, incorporating classroom assessment techniques and using methods geared toward reaching multiple learning styles.
- Incorporating Multimedia into Your Teaching ( PDF 254K)
One of the most important uses of technology is that it makes it easy for instructors to incorporate multimedia into their teaching. While we use all of our senses to take in information, we each seem to have preferences in how we learn best. In order to help all students learn, we need to teach to as many of these preferences as possible.
- Understanding Digital Images ( PDF 810K)
Pedagogically speaking there are many reasons you might consider adding digital images to your course content. To do it most effectively, you need to know a little something about accessibility, inclusive classroom considerations, copyright and fair use, file size, and format options.
- PowerPoint: Showing Chemistry Bigger Than Life
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Ken Costello presents a powerful case for the use of images, sound and animations in presentations, along with tutorials and realworld examples. His thesis is that seeing is the natural human mode for learning. "It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it" (Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin, 1977. Chapter 1; p. 7)