doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v1i2.79

Note to Self: Note Taking and the Control of Information

Tara Brabazon

Abstract


Many areas of teaching and learning have been transformed through digitisation. The mobility of content and the capacity to cut and paste text has saved time for students and teachers. However, the impact on note taking as a mode of information management is under-researched. This article explores the ideological role of the software programme PowerPoint for note taking in the current classroom, placing attention on how and why students are now photographing slides with smart phones. The consequences of this disintermediation in information management are assessed alongside the best use of PowerPoint to enable the development of visual literacy rather than the deskilling of teaching and learning.


Keywords


PowerPoint, disintermediation, information literacy, information management, visual literacy, note taking, teaching, learning, Neil Postman, Harold Innis.

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