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Overview: PowerPoint Presentations for Teaching and Learning

PowerPoint is an application for creating and delivering presentation. It was originally developed for public speaking and not specifically for teaching and what works in a boardroom may not necessarily work in a classroom. Its use in teaching and learning situations should provide a better way of communicating information to your students. Used thoughtfully, PowerPoint can enhance your teaching sessions by providing a roadmap, reinforcing what you say and allowing you to use graphics and other multimedia to clarify understanding and to support different learning styles.

Play to PowerPoint's strengths - it is a tool with strengths and weaknesses just like the other tools you use for teaching. Deciding when and where the different tools available might be used appropriately is a key to good teaching.

If you are a complete beginner with PowerPoint, you may wish to attend a training courses on PowerPoint offered by IT Services.