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Powerpoint: An Overused Technology Deserving of Criticism, but Indispensable


Educational Technology Volume 54, Number 5, ISSN 0013-1962


PowerPoint is roundly reviled and ridiculed, yet this technology enjoys universal popularity. This article reviews the criticisms of PowerPoint and its peer technologies, describes its affordances and advantages, and suggests innovative PowerPoint applications in instruction. Beyond garden-variety applications of PowerPoint, it may also be used to develop streaming movies for mobile use, create online topical archives in stable content, and even serve as a media-rich simulation platform.


Hopper, K.B. & Waugh, J.B. (2014). Powerpoint: An Overused Technology Deserving of Criticism, but Indispensable. Educational Technology, 54(5), 29-34. Retrieved December 15, 2019 from .

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