Why I Choose Powerpoint

SUDHA SRIDEVI| Academic Head of Schools, Nalanda Educational Institutions, Andhra Pradesh
Sudha Sridevi has previously served as the Principal of Nalanda Educational Institutions and has contributed towards designing and implementing technology-supportive curriculum.



Technology has become an important part of today’s classrooms. It allows a teacher to provide everything from an in-depth analysis to virtual field trips around the globe, within the framework and boundary of the classroom.

Here are some uses of PowerPoint in the classroom.
1. Recall or revisit previous topics:  Teachers build connections while developing the concept in the classroom.  What better than a tool which provides options to link to a textbook, or an image or an incident for a better correlation.
2. Sequence of the lesson:  Classrooms are dynamic, and students change their pattern of listening and understanding every day.  Teachers struggle to cope up and play along with the classroom dynamics. PowerPoint provides a good scope to keep check and control the sequence of lessons.
3. Step by step procedure of solving problems or experiments: Sequential approach for solving mathematical equations, science experiments or social events is essential in the classroom or laboratories.  Story narration without an order would be haphazard and jumbled, leading to confusion and misunderstanding.  PowerPoint is the simplest tool with animation designs to aid in a sequential approach.
4. Picture or video in classes:  Critical thinking, observation and collaboration are skills essential for the 21st century.  Picture based discussions can develop empathy among the learning community.  PowerPoint provides the option to ‘insert’ pictures or video links to make the class more interactive and dynamic.  Moreover, in the era of ‘differentiation in learning’ the addition of ‘media’ in any form is appreciated and attractive to the various types of learners present in a class.
5. Data tables and analysis:  Scientific and statistical measurements are always a part of learning. Live data analysis is a part of today’s classrooms which are thoroughly enabled through PowerPoint presentations. On-the-spot population analysis or election analysis using insertion of excel sheets and graphs within a presentation gives the actual view of the process and its extensions.
On a final note, PowerPoint is simple yet a wonderful tool that helps a teacher take the world to the students!
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of September, 2018.