In recent years I have tried to stay away from using Powerpoint in study session as I found participation and interaction a more effective way of engaging public relations students with the topics being covered.
“Death by Powerpoint” isn’t caused just by poor practice such as boring or over-stuffed slides, but from familiarity and the brain-dulling process of watching slides whilst listening to a presenter (no matter how dynamic).
However, the winning entries in the SlideShare best presentation contest show how much information can be conveyed effectively and in a short period of time by a well constructed presentation.
I put together a brief automatic Powerpoint show to accompany a mind-map handout and other notes for a group of students recently. I didn’t have time to embed music, but played Stephen Halpern “Music for Accelerated Learning” on CD simultaneously. This seemed to work in terms of holiding attention and leading into a good discussion and recall of key facts.
Powerpoint is probably not the best software to produce short presentations – but it is fairly easy to use and until I have the time to discover/learn something else, it can meet my needs.