Over the past 5 years, there's been a huge push in my district, as I'm sure it's been in others, to use more technology in the classroom. I've been a hold out not because I don't like technology or am against it, but I just never saw the need for spending $10,000 on a smartboard. I'd prefer that money go to developing new courses in the dept. Anyway, this year I'm REQUIRED to actually use PowerPoint. I absolutely hate it. I've been trained on it--I know how to incorporate little video clips, sounds and pictures. However, I honestly feel like it makes me lazier. Before this year, I whipped out overhead sheets and wrote the notes WITH the students during the period. Then, I'd clean the sheets and start from scratch with the next class. There was always a few things different in the wording between the two or three classes, but I felt like it did a much better job at getting the kids to understand the material. Now, I click a stupid button and drone on. Then, I always find something I don't like and tell students not to write it and then I rewrite the sentence on the board. I don't know if I'm just missing something, but PowerPoint doesn't seem to be as cracked up as most people say it is. I really just don't like the nature of it: clicking a button, moving on from slide to slide. eh. I'm looking for suggestions--from any teachers using PP--on how to better my students' notetaking because I'm at loss. I've tried talking to the other teachers in my dept. that use it heavily and they have students print the PPs at home and come in with them. I'd NEVER do this. I'm a strong believer in writing notes.. not even typing them.. because it aids in memorizing.