In the comments, Emma asked "What do you want to SEE in the PowerPoint."
Anything other than PowerPoint.
You know...fun exercises, discussion, games, other modes of imparting information in a way that might stick.
I even find myself missing the "good old days" of grainy, illegible blackboard drawings, overhead projectors and slide shows.
I take my own notes anyway (I learn more this way and it keeps me from falling asleep), so I don't particularly care if I'm given the PowerPoint as a handout.
Lectures and presentations aren't going away anytime soon. And PowerPoint remains the tool of choice to support these presentations. Heck, a part of my job is designing presentations and PowerPoint for the boss. If only because conferences (and the boss) expect these types of presentations.
When I design PowerPoint for the boss, I create 2 PowerPoint files.
- File 1 - the one he reads off of and handouts
- File 2 - the one with supporting graphics, main takeaways and embedded multimedia
Again, if I can get people to stop reading their *%#!*# slides, I will be a happy camper.