4 – PowerPoint

Microsoft Office OnlineUP 1 place

PowerPoint is Microsoft’s presentation tool, often used for the creation of slide-based e-learning content.

Website Cost Availability
 www.microsoft.com/powerpoint Commercial. Free trial Download. Online at Office365
Past Overall Rankings
2015: 5 2014: 4 2013: 5 2012: 8 2011: 19 2010: 21 2009: 13 2008: 8 2007: 5
Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2016 Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning 2016
Top 100 Tools for
Education 2016
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Comments from those who selected PowerPoint as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2016

“This powerful piece of software is under appreciated and unjustly judged. Great for engaging and interactive presentations is done correctly. Also some good tools for picture editing.” Michele Brown, Trainer/Instructor, USA

“an oldie but goodie and still used for presentation materials and notes for our courses.” Christine Garroway, Trainer/Instructor, USA

“This misused tool is fantastic for image manipulation, poster creation and making short videos/digital stories (never for bullet point slides)” Clare Thomson, e-learning developer, Northern Ireland

“use to create simple graphics for screencasts” Daniel Johnston, Instructional Designer, USA

“because It makes a great storyboard tool, and also good for ILT Leader’s guides, Ted Villella, e-learning developer

“presentations, documentation & storyboarding” Linda Wright, L&D Manager

“great for storyboarding and, believe it or not, creating and editing graphics and photos!” e-learning developer, USA

“good tool to create or manipulate basic graphics” Instructional Designer, USA

“Hands down my favorite tool for doing much more than just creating presentations. As someone who started developing eLearning on a limited budget, I learned to flex PowerPoint to the max.” Stephen Naso, L&D Manager, USA

“Use daily for creating presentations, complex graphics, photograph enhancement and removing backgrounds, greeting cards” John Thompson, University/College Teacher, Canada

“Presentations, training videos & self-study skill builders” Ann Gall, Instructional designer, USA

“I use it to create training presentations and facilitator guides, ebooks, infographics, narrated videos, and to create and edit simple graphics.” Daniel Jones, Trainer/Instructor, Switzerland

“I work in PowerPoint every day for a variety of reasons. Although most don’t realize it, PowerPoint is an excellent option for: creating custom graphics,image editing,video creation, mobile friendly interactive learning content (mlearning),onine learning, and of course presentations” Mike Taylor, USA

“I use PowerPoint a lot as a tool for communication. The creative process that’s embedded in creating the slides is quite educational to me. If forces me to be very concrete and to the point in my arguments and communication. Provides a great structure to all my ideas and thoughts.” L&D Manager, UK

“Use for online meetings daily” Sherry Hansberry-Brown, Trainer/Instructor, USA

“While Prezi has made a good run at it, Powerpoint, in my mind is still the best presentation tool out there.” L&D Advisor, USA

“Great for presenting ideas. Again, I look at this as a storyboarding tool. Works very well for presenting complex ideas and interactions.” Srividya Kumar, Consultant, India

“despite its restriction, PowerPoint continues to be my tool of choice for presentations.  The Office 2016 version has some nice features (even the Help function is improved) and its new ‘zoom’ feature is an attempt to break out of the linear straightjacket we’ve known and despised for years.” Charles Jennings, Consultant, UK

“This is still one of the easiest ways of producing graphics, particularly in combination with Screencast?O?Matic to produce screencast videos.” Neale Murden, Online learning facilitator, Australia

Previous comments

“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