August 22, 2003

Everything's Got to Have a (Power)Point

Whadda I know? I was miffed when my recent factory-installed copy of MS Office did not include Powerpoint. (Didn't it use to? I know I never ordered it separately and used in for years, off and on, from my Dell-loaded software.) Mind you, not that I anticipate needing to put together more talks on the physiology of chronic pain (the last big one I did about three years ago) or need it for another class like the one I took at Va Tech this Winter (where the grand finale was a PowerPoint extravaganza on Tourism, Culture and Identity in Floyd County).

But I understand why this man thinks little of the cognitive style of Powerpoint, and if I were a parent, I would resist the bulletizing of my child's expressive abilities. Good article (from Wired).

Posted by fred1st at August 22, 2003 07:18 PM | TrackBack

Power Pointing isn't my "thing". Speechifying I can do; but my bullet charts are a snore. I'll leave them for others who have perfected the art. I used a fore-runner of PP in 1983 or so, I believe--it was my first contact with a PC (having been a dedicated mainframe user for several years.)

Posted by: Cop Car at August 22, 2003 09:39 PM

PowerPoint is not my style either.

Funny to open this morning and see this entry. We had a nine year old here yesterday who has been making PP presentations for months at school where they are taught to use it. I was the only one at the table who queried this form of education.

Posted by: Jan at August 23, 2003 06:21 PM

And one more thing...even with a skilled operator, how many presentations go through without even the slightest hitch like the wrong slide being requested. Or worse, what about when the technical bits of equipment refuse to talk to each other and there are several people all pulling and pushing leads and buttons to make the thing work.

as yuo may have picked up, I am not a fan of this type of thing.

Posted by: Jan at August 23, 2003 06:54 PM

Sounds like you bought Small Biz not Office Pro...MS stopped bundling Access & PP in '97-98. That's when they split Office into a home user package and a professional (networked) package...that's also why SM Biz is approx. $200 less. You can get an upgrade stand alone PP 2002 for $101.00 from this company. The load CD will either use in installed XP SM Biz for upgrade validation or ask for your old Office 97 CD.

I purchased all the last network upgrade software from them, saved my company about 15K and had no problem, their service is very good, they ship immediately and provide replacements or returns without any hassle. You may receive a piece of obsolete hardware that won't fit your machine with your order... such as a funky little coax network card ...just toss it...that qualifies them as OEM suppliers. *G*

PP is a very powerful tool in the right hands as this very funny PP link proves (via Cut On the Bias)...of course you need PP.

Posted by: feste at August 24, 2003 01:42 PM

Jan: I am much more worried about the PC-fying of history and the lack of classics than teaching PP.

Anyone remember the original HyperCard? I used Hypercard to publish a family cookbook. Same concept. However, I'm mostly a PC user now...keep a Mac Powerbook because I need to cross platform check content.

PP is really a very useful tool for educational purposes. I used PP extensively for computer training and much of our HR intranet information such as how to fill out the maze of HR forms.

Users can learn at their own pace and it's a breeze to produce content once you learn to use it. Screw ups with PP presentations are people management issues...not the fault of the soft or hardware. ;-)

Posted by: feste at August 24, 2003 02:01 PM

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