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Using PowerPoint to teach the American Government Survey Course
Unformatted Document Text:  This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful. Stonewall Jackson, who knew something about the use of weapons, is reported to have said, "When war comes, you must draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." The trouble with television is that it is rusting in the scabbard during a battle for survival. I would suggest that Murrow’s point regarding television is applicable to PowerPoint in the classroom and it should not “rust in the scabbard” as a weapon in our arsenal of teaching tools. Page 17

Authors: Clowers, Myles.
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This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it
can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that
humans are determined to use it to those ends.
Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is
a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against
ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of
television could be useful. Stonewall Jackson, who
knew something about the use of weapons, is reported
to have said, "When war comes, you must draw the
sword and throw away the scabbard." The trouble with
television is that it is rusting in the scabbard during a
battle for survival.
I would suggest that Murrow’s point regarding television is applicable to
PowerPoint in the classroom and it should not “rust in the scabbard” as a weapon
in our arsenal of teaching tools.
Page 17


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