Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Problem With PowerPoint

Dr. Jim Zarzana, English Department Chair at Southwest Minnesota State University, saw this story on the BBC News website and thought we would enjoy it. The article's title is "The Problem with PowerPoint." Its lead begins: "If you work in an office in the Western world, you will probably have sat through a PowerPoint presentation. But there's a problem. They're boring." The full article can be found at:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Submit Your Work to the Southwest Minnesota Writing Gallery

The Southwest Minnesota Writing Gallery is NOW Accepting Submissions.

What is The Southwest Minnesota Writing Gallery?
In celebration of the October 20, 2009 National Day on Writing, and with the help of NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English), high school and college students in Southwest Minnesota have a place to display a piece of writing of their choice.

Who can participate?
High school and college students in Southwest Minnesota with any kind of writing* may upload ONE piece of writing at Any kind of writing will work —from word processing to photography, audio recording to text messages—and all types of writing—from letters to lists, memoirs to memos, poems to nonfiction essays, journal entries to technical documents.

*All writing submitted should meet the content guidelines found at:

How do students participate?
1. Go to
2. Create a login
3. Click on contribute writing and follow the screen-by-screen instructions
4. If you are under 13 years of age, you will need a parent’s or guardian’s help and email address
5. You will receive an email from the gallery when your work is accepted

Who can tell me more?

Those with questions about the Southwest Minnesota gallery should contact Dr. Teresa Henning at:

To find out more about the National Day on Writing, please visit:

To contribute writing to the National Writing Gallery, please visit: