When I originally turned this column in last week, I thought it would just be a good ol’ fashioned SchuRant about something I don’t like (and yet, like essays, hypocritically make use of in class all the time). My editor took one look at it and suggested we run my anti-PowerPoint article as a slideshow (on Google Doc Presentation, so that we could embed it). “It will make the piece more stupid,” he warned. “YOU HAD ME AT MORE STUPID,” I sobbed, and proceeded to spend far more time than I am willing to admit crafting this slideshow, which I designed myself, down to the amazing trigonometry demo and the world’s most important Venn Diagram.
PS: I have been getting a lot–a lot–of requests to share the Google Drive Presentation I used to make this article directly from my Google Drive. I’m very sorry, but I can’t do that! We used Google Drive (delightedly!) because of its delightful embed technology (and we are very, very grateful for it!), but this is now a Slate article, so if you want to access it, Slate‘s the way to do it!
If you would like to show it in class, or to your colleagues (I’ve gotten several requests about this), simply select the “full screen” option at the bottom of the presentation and it will take up the whole screen.