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HBS Working Knowledge: PowerPoint, Robomanagers and You: The Growing Intimacy of Technology

HBS Working Knowledge: PowerPoint, Robomanagers and You: The Growing Intimacy of Technology

Sherry Turkle: "But as a thinking technology for elementary school children, it [PowerPoint] has limitations. It doesn't encourage students to begin a conversation--rather, it encourages them to make points... The PowerPoint aesthetic of bullet points does not easily encourage the give-and-take of ideas, some of them messy and unformed. The opportunity here is to acknowledge that PowerPoint, like so many other computational technologies, is not just a tool but an evocative object that affects our habits of mind. We need to meet the challenge of using computers to develop the kinds of mind tools that will support the most appropriate and stimulating conversations possible in elementary and middle schools. But the simple importation of a technology perfectly designed for the sociology of the boardroom does not meet that challenge."

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