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ERIC Number: EJ944301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
An Inconvenient Tool: Rethinking the Role of Slideware in the Writing Classroom
Gries, Laurie E.; Brooke, Collin Gifford
Composition Studies, v38 n1 p11-28 Spr 2010
Every so often, a technology will saturate the market to the extent that the name of the product becomes a stand-in for the technology itself. While it belongs to the broader genre of slideware, Microsoft PowerPoint is perhaps the best example of software that has achieved that level of ubiquity. Despite Apple's Keynote, the Presentation Editor within Google Docs, Zoho Show, and others, the visual display of sequential slides (most typically during an oral presentation) has become synonymous with PowerPoint. Although it has achieved this level of popularity, PowerPoint is also considered by many to be synonymous with mind-numbing boredom, painful expository bullet points, and the overexposure of the Microsoft clip art library. That is, PowerPoint may be used widely, but it is just as widely disparaged, and often used only begrudgingly. In this article, the authors argue that when used in dynamic, inventive ways, slideware can become an integral and productive part of pedagogical and technological repertoires. They believe it is time to set aside one's mistrust and disdain for software like PowerPoint and consider carefully how it might aid in the teaching of writing. Using the presentation format Pecha Kucha as a model, the authors offer productive reasons and ways to reconfigure the role of slideware in the composing process. Slideware design and delivery can play a creative and inventive role in students' making of writing. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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