… students constantly write sad pieces in the campus newspaper advising them, in the simplest terms, how to use it.
But, as this University of Kansas student knows, instruction in the technology don’t mean shit if you’re using it because you’re lazy, unimaginative, or incompetent.
… Some people seem to make slides only because they think they have to. Others rely on PowerPoint to cover up their weaknesses, such as when they become nervous and simply read out texts on slides.
Call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather not have a PowerPoint unless it’s well-made. One of my favorite instructors, for example, never used PowerPoint in his class. He always made his point clear and I never felt bored in class. His animated expression and gestures showed his passion for his subject, which drew me to the class.
And as a University of Alabama student notes:
You pay thousands of dollars to attend our fine University, not to mention the hundreds of dollars you are forced to spend on books. You head to class with your coffee and your copy of The Crimson White and take a seat. Your professor puts up his or her PowerPoint and starts to read it word for word. Literally. And it is literally word for word from your book.
At another university, a student says the same thing:
I took an art history class at Truman in which we spent endless hours flipping through PowerPoint slides of paintings while the professor read, one by one, the title of each work. We received mountains of information, but toward the end of the semester, one student sitting next to me actually pleaded under her breath, “Teach us something!”
Imagine what might happen if students all over the country began to organize. A Princeton student sees the possibilities:
The incomparable level of boredom Powerpoint inspires has …unite[d] a generation of young students trapped in lecture[s]…
PowerPoint. A deadly technology for dead people.
Eventually students will rise up against you.
Their signs will read TEACH US SOMETHING.