Tool Roundup Part 1: Presentations

This is the first in a series of posts looking at a range of new and emerging web tools that can be used to enhance learning. I plan to break these into categories, and I am going to begin with something ubiquitous in education, training and business: presentation tools. (Hang on in there folks – these are pretty good.)

Before I start, I would like to point out that much needs to be done to rescue the reputation of one much maligned piece of presentation software: PowerPoint. Sadly, this stalwart of the boardroom and lecture theatre has been abused for decades by people producing thousands of those Death by PowerPoint presentations: 2375 slides, 25 bullet points per slide (font at size 10 to fit it all in), few or no images or, worse, migraine-inducing technicolor animations. This is a shame, as it isn’t the software that is at fault.  It’s the users who have little time, and no idea how to design engaging content. People use PowerPoint the same way they use their microwave: there are a hundred ways of cooking with it, but they only know how to use it to heat up beans.

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