Tuesday, November 29, 2005
A hearty blogosphere welcome to Kristin Hickman (Minnesota), who is guest blogging on PrawfsBlawg. Her maiden post recounts her use of PowerPoint for the first time this semester in teaching Tax I. She is stinting in her praise of PowerPoint:
On the one hand, the PowerPoint is easier to read than my handwriting, and it's great for spelling out three-part tests and working through the frequent mathematical computations that crop up in tax courses.
She has a much longer list of PowerPoint criticisms:
On the other hand, note taking seems to me to be a dying art among students, yet is a very valuable (if not essential) skill for junior attorneys; and using PowerPoint seems to make it easier for students to get by without learning how to take good notes. Moreover, PowerPoint seemed to me to suck all the life out of my class by removing much of the sponteneity as we adhered to the PowerPoint script.
I have shamelessly flogged before my recent article, Taking Back the Law School Classroom: Using Technology to Foster Active Student Learning, 54 J. Legal Educ. 551 (2004), which explains how I use technology to combat classroom somnolence.