Tuesday, September 25, 2007

PowerPoint proven to be bad for your brain

Australian researchers have demonstrated that reading the same words while you are hearing the same words inhibits learning. The media is reporting the research as, Official: PowerPoint bad for brains, and Research points the finger at PowerPoint.

Of course, and I know you know where I'm headed, the research doesn't have anything to do with PowerPoint. This time, however, I'm going to let their conclusions stand. Their research actually did address learning efficacy when students were presented with words both visually and auditorily at the same time. This simultaneous stream of identical information resulted in a cognitive overload that inhibited learning.

Wow, research that tells us we need to ditch PowerPoint. How sweet is that? Let's start the worldwide movement to ban PowerPoint from all classrooms immediately. My goodness it's harming our students.

3 comments:

Skiing at Home said...

Keynote is better anyway....PPT is so boring, maybe that is why it hurts learning

Janyne said...

It took research to figure this out The PowerPoint putting people to sleep inhibits learning article reminds me of http://ubernoggin.com/archives/78

Peg said...

PowerPoint is evil. Power corrupts. PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.

Tufte is widely revered as the father of visual literacy. Y'all might find his The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint worth a gander.