4 – PowerPoint

DOWN 1 place in 2020

PowerPoint is Microsoft’s versatile presentation tool

Website: microsoft.com/powerpoint
Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Availability: Download. Online at Office365

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 9
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 5
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 2

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 4 2019: 3 2018: 2 2017: 3 2016: 4 2015: 5 2014: 6
2013: 5 2012: 8 2011:  19 2010: 21 2009: 13 2008: 8 2007: 5

Comments from some of those who selected PowerPoint as one of their top tools

“A versatile tool that can be used for many purposes, not just presentations. Image editing, print design and more.” Learning Technology Developer, USA, 2020

“For presentations but also for infographics” Sacha Bos, Project Coordinator, Netherlands, 2020

“I use PowerPoint not only to create presentations, but also to design graphics that I save and use in tools to create elearning modules. I see PowerPoint as an easy graphic design and photo editing tool.” Training Manager, Switzerland, 2020

“Increasingly, I am using Powerpoint not just to design workshops and lectures, but to create assignments for students.” Aaron Johannes, Instructor / Consultant / Researcher, Canada, 2020

“PowerPoint is another tried and tested tool for me. Beyond slide decks and presentations, I use it for graphics, print projects, videos and more. Microsoft has been adding tons of great updates and it just keeps getting better and better.” Mike Taylor, USA, 2020

“surprisingly versatile and realiabl. Transfers into Storyline seemlessly” Alnisha Simmons, Instructional designer/Lecturer/e-Learning Developer, Bermuda, 2020

“Powerpoint is a go-to tool for me to use for so many different tasks, such as saving screenshots as image files, creating nifty (and simple) graphics for use in eLearning, and it’s capability for video recording, etc.” Susan Manos, Global Learning & Development Director, USA, 2020

“While I’ve experimented with other services (especially Google Slides) I always find myself returning to PowerPoint because it’s an exceptional authoring environment. For me, it’s not just a place where I author presentations (though I do, a lot) it’s also the place where I create most of my graphics; the ‘insert shapes’ tool allows me to create pretty much anything I need, without the need for a separate application.” Stephen Downes, Canada, 2020

“When it comes to producing stuff (i.e. resources), I now believe in keeping things as simple as possible; I don’t over-engineer content. I find that I can quickly create effective content using basic tools like Word and PowerPoint. At the end of the day, the people I create the content for are adults and don’t need trivial or gratuitous “bells and whistles” to be encouraged to read the stuff – they just want the content.” Jane Hart, UK, 2020

Quick Guide to PowerPoint 

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