5 – PowerPoint

Microsoft Office OnlineDOWN 1 PLACE IN 2015

Microsoft’s PowerPoint is a key tool for creating personal presentations as well as linear e-learning content.

Website: www.microsoft.com/powerpoint
Cost: CommercialFree trial available
Download. Online at Office 365
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2011: 19
2010: 21
2009: 13
2008: 8
2007: 5

Comments from those who selected PowerPoint as one of their Top Tools

“to produce high quality slides” Washington Braga, 2015
“who hasn’t quickly put together a JIT training session using PPT” 2015

“Powerpoint – we use this tool more and more often to create learning and performance support tools, toolkits etc for example our organisation’s induction checklist is now a series of interactive powerpoint slides with a range of context and links to various information rather than just a list of activities in a Word document. Powerpoint lends itself more easily to creativity than some of the other Microsoft tools. Nancy Duarte’s slide docs materials has been really useful for this also.” Fleur Mouchemore, 2015

“Although PowerPoint’s linear nature is often restricting, I’ve never found Prezi or other tools as robust and flexible. PowerPoint is the useful ‘Swiss army knife’ in the toolbox for assembling presentations and creating simple flow diagrams and graphics. It handles the integration of video and other multimedia reasonably well and is ubiquitous. I’m sure there are better tools than PowerPoint, but it does the job for me.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“For all the grief this tool gets, it’s just a tool. A very powerful tool. A tool that’s abused much more often than it’s used for the forces of good. No list of training tools could be complete, however, without it. It’s the visual foundation for lots of presentations – in person and online/webinar.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“Powerpoint, not only for presentation, but we use also the film function for films” 2015
“Use to prepare scripts and graphics for e-learning programs” Robert Craigo, 2015
“Create/edit images” Marty King, 2015
“great for storyboarding and designing” Wiebe Dijkstra, 2015
“A great tool for design, layout, etc but also an inexpensive graphics editor” Jeffrey Riley, 2015
“to introduce new lessons, review, play games” 2015
“for quick graphic design” Louisa van der Linden, 2015

“It is the visual support for creating videos and uploading them” Santiago González Chávez, 2015

“this tool has so many uses besides making a slide presentation. You can use it’s picture editing capabilities to create time magazine covers depicting explorers” Michele Brown, 2015

“We love it. We hate it. We use it, time and time again. I use it to create learning graphics, too – such are my poor graphic design skills.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“I’m old fashioned in that I use PowerPoint to start storyboarding a micro-lecture, video, or online lesson” Jennifer Smith, 2015

“the most ubiquitous and familiar tool across organizations for storyboarding, presenting ideas, and doing handoffs (it takes a villiage, people!). In the right hands, it make good presentations and decent infographics. Those who really know what they are doing can create effective templates for SMEs that work very well with common development tools.” David Glow, 2015

“Microsoft PowerPoint which was used extensively to create slides we then converted to Flash for several course slides.” Linda Willis, 2014
“for wire framing, presentations and more” Cammie Bean, 2014

“still best way to organize and prototype ideas” Danny Ortegon, 2014

“Nothing really does the same work for me as a multimedia presentation tool. I do a lot of my original thinking while creating PowerPoint slides and of course it’s an important part of my presentation routine” Stephen Downes, 2014

“for versatility and ubiquity” Sergey Snegirev, 2014
“superb tool – if used dynamically” John Wishart, 2014
“it is the greatest software to make practically anything very interesting, especially if you are a good user of it” Olga Vareli, 2014

“I really don’t make presentations with it anymore, but I use it constantly for quick image collection and manipulation” 2014
“Great storyboarding tool, and clip art can be very impactful if used correctly. Just no bean people. Please.” Tricia Ransom, 2014

“easy to use and make simple interactions” 2013
“still one of easiest ways to structure learning content” Danny Ortegon, 2013
“would like to move away from it, but still my go to presentation software”  Debra Lee, 2013
“Basic software for educational quizzes and learning material” 2013
“does everything you need to create low-cost engaging elearning” Regina Ward, 2013
“used in class for larger groups of students and when presenting at conferences”  Jayne Whistance, 2013
“my workhorse tool” Jane Hart, 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“most used, most abused, most versatile (even though most don’t know how to use it well). Besides Keynote, Powerpoint is the tool”  Corinne Burkhert

“in it purest multimedia form of image, smooth transitions, words to nudge a thought or fire a synapse. Haven’t the bullet-point-readers have given it a bad image? It’s a super fast way to compose a picture for other places – make slide and save as jpeg” Mags Amond

“Slide shows for presentations are still very popular learning resources both among teachers and students. Power Point is very comprehensive although it is easy to use. I do not know better tool for making slide shows”. Vaclav Friedrich

“Very easy to use but with enough features to allow the creation of more elaborate learning resources”  Karl Goddard

“that’s my everyday tool and I am still waiting for something better” Jochen Robes

“I continue to use PowerPoint to add a visual touch to my online classes, but the real power lies in coupling PowerPoint with other tools such as SlideShare or Camtasia, adding narrative to the slide deck.”  Britt Wattwood