No more death by Powerpoint! Why is it important to leave Powerpoint behind?


Beginning my university experience having had a five year gap between completing my Higher School Certificate, I found myself behind my peers when it came to understanding the use of digital technology in education. When requested to conduct presentations, I would automatically revert to using applications like Powerpoint in which I had experience with and understand.

With the advancements of technology, the ways in which information is traditionally presented is no longer restricted to a basic slide show. It is not necessarily about leaving powerpoint behind, it is about having knowledge of different tools and programs available and how to effectively apply them to teaching practices.

Being able to make an informed choice and understanding what is available to you allows for more option and creativity when planning lessons.

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No two children are the same so it is important to include different learning intelligences when teaching. A basic slide show is only catering for students with a verbal-linguistic intelligence. Thus the importance of including all students in an engaging, creative way. For example teaching primary students about the water cycle could include a presentation with a background song, moving images, interactive activities and video inserts.

Furthermore, including modern technology within pedagogy allows students to also gain technological knowledge. In a recent study, Beetham et al (2013) found that the most effective student experience of using digital technologies was the capabilities and know-how of teaching staff.

Therefore it is not about removing Powerpoint or basic slide shows from teaching practises but to be creative in including a variety of different technology programs, improving the delivery of classes and educating students about modern technologies. As Zeina Chalich put well, “Pedagogy is the driver, technology is the accelerator”.
References:

Chalich, Z. (2015) Education Technology Solutions, Integrating technology with classroom pedagogy -accelerate student learning. Retrieved from https://educationtechnologysolutions.com.au/2015/08/integrating-technology-with-classroom-pedagogy-accelerate-student-learning/

Beetham, H. Sharpe, R. (2013) .Rethinking Pedagogy for a digital age:Designing for 21st Century Learning. Routledge.

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