February 19, 2002

This is the first time

This is the first time I've ever seen somebody espouse PowerPoint as a sign of technological progress. At a baseball arbitration hearing, of all places. I guess I'm not surprised that PowerPoint does pass for a technological marvel at MLB. The prof for my TA class does all his lectures as PowerPoint presentations running directly from his laptop to a VGA projector, and I'm still undecided if that's a pedagogical win or not. Sure, it's pretty, and it's great when he whips out the animation of his large-scale structure formation models, but most of the pictures are straight cut-and-paste from the textbook's accompanying CD-ROM, and it's hard to stay awake when it's just a series of pictures flashing by. It's nice to have physical transparencies which you can scribble on occasionally, to highlight points, and give the students a reason to pay attention once in a while. Although his mini-Vaio sure looks cool. Posted by mikewang on 04:08 PM