Note to Self: Note Taking and the Control of Information


  • Tara Brabazon Head of School and Professor of Education Charles Sturt University



PowerPoint, disintermediation, information literacy, information management, visual literacy, note taking, teaching, learning, Neil Postman, Harold Innis.


Many areas of teaching and learning have been transformed through digitisation. The mobility of content and the capacity to cut and paste text has saved time for students and teachers. However, the impact on note taking as a mode of information management is under-researched. This article explores the ideological role of the software programme PowerPoint for note taking in the current classroom, placing attention on how and why students are now photographing slides with smart phones. The consequences of this disintermediation in information management are assessed alongside the best use of PowerPoint to enable the development of visual literacy rather than the deskilling of teaching and learning.

Author Biography

Tara Brabazon, Head of School and Professor of Education Charles Sturt University

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Education and the Head of School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She has previously worked in the United Kingdom, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. She is the author of thirteen books, including

Thinking Pop, The University of Google and The Revolution will not be Downloaded, 140 refereed articles, and has won six teaching awards.


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