[lpi-discuss] looking for courseware
jeremy at plunketts.net
Fri May 13 16:55:09 EDT 2005
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From: ross e. brunson
Sent: 5/12/2005 9:14 PM
>I finally got used to OO and how it worked, I was a very accomplished MS
>Orifice user, particularly in Powerpoint, so Impress took a while to get
I found that creating all my worksheets and lecture notes (and the
various instructions I handed out) in HTML, using vi, was a great time
saver. Furthermore, it kept my entire class small enough to fit on a
floppy, and made it trivial to post everything on a web page.
I dislike most fancy presentation software because it detracts from the
material being presented.
The PowerPoint mentality of "every word must be on a slide" rapidly
overwhelms students. Worse, the practice of handing printouts of one's
slides wastes paper and gets the student out of taking notes. When
students complained "I can't take notes and listen to your lecture at
the same time", I typically recommended a tape recorder.
ISTR that the Air Force Academy has banned powerpoint entirely, and
rightfully so. Much like trying to teach writing with MS Word, people
quickly get wrapped up in silly things like different bullet styles,
fonts, font colors, background pictures, bouncing letters and other
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