PowerPoint Invades the Classroom

June 4, 2001

Kelvin Mazara, a seventh grader at the Edison School in Union City, N.J., could not have appeared more engrossed in the morning’s assignment. He and his classmates had been asked to assemble a report about a play they had just read, “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry, and Kelvin’s teacher was reviewing the topics to address: Who are the major characters? What are the conflicts? What are the broad themes?