What are the benefits of using PowerPoint and slide presentations in the classroom?

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What are the benefits of using PowerPoint and slide presentations in the classroom?
Using presentation software in the classroom can increase student engagement and interaction. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Using Powerpoint and other presentation software programs in a classroom environment can enhance the effectiveness of instruction. Creating dynamic visual and audio presentations to tell a crisp, cinematic story can help engage learners and enhance their tuition experience. Highly customisable with easy to use templates, the teacher can adapt their presentations to cater for a wide range of learning styles.

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Planning & preparation

Teachers can share lessons and collaborate on projects by downloading the presentation file to a memory stick or sending in an email zip file. Some versions of presentation software such as Powerpoint 2010 allow authors to edit files simultaneously with others in different locations thus enabling several people to work on the same project without having to wait their turn. This can be a productive way of obtaining feedback or fresh ideas to improve the learning aims and objectives.

Engaging learners

Students have more access to technology in their daily lives than ever before so presentation graphics, video and audio can be a great way to engage them in a way they accustomed. The visual aspect of presentation software will hold their attention and encourage interaction more so than lectures or solo reading tasks.

Learning styles

Students are individual and have different learning styles. Using a range of presentation tools such as the inclusion of animations, music, videos and static images such as charts and graphs can add interest and hold the attention of learners. Many learners will find the creativity of the slides more memorable than just conforming to one style.

Absent learners

Presentations can be replayed or sent to absent learners so they can catch up with the lesson. This prevents the need to print out notes. Similarly, if a learner needs to recap, they can watch the presentation as many times as they need to.

Eye contact

In a large classroom, maintaining eye contact with students can prove challenging. Using presentation software allows the teacher to advance the slides with a keystroke or remote control thus enabling their vision to be focused on the class. The visual aspect of the presentation eliminates the need for hand-outs to follow the message.

Future use

The presentation slides can be used many times and rearranged or edited to cater for different students or lessons in the future.

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