THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF TEACHING BY USING MICROSOFT POWERPOINT

During teaching by using PowerPoint the writer found many kinds of advantages and disadvantages. There are several of advantages of using Microsoft PowerPoint for teaching learning process, among others are:
A. The Advantages of Using PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint encourages and supports teaching learning process by facilitating the material presentation. The template provided is designed to default to good presentation criteria such as the number of lines of information in each slide and appropriate font sizes. The use of the default templates can improve the clarity and the arrangement of a presentation. It helps the teacher avoid the common use of excessive text often found on OHV (Over Head Projector).
  • PowerPoint is able to perform a variety of manipulations, such as editing text before printing it out, and the teacher can add new slides for adding new materials.
  • PowerPoint is an application program of presentation that is found in Microsoft Office. It means that we did not need to buy new software, because it has been included in Microsoft Office program.
  • This program is also advantages in the sense that the icons used are very simple because they are similar with those in the Microsoft Word. In this way, the users can create an instruction of language without studying this program previously.
  • PowerPoint is also fun to be applied and fun to watch. It is not hard to learn in one hour. It allows the users to reflect on a lesson and correct any changes, and they can create the perfect lessons and are being able to print them out.
  • Using PowerPoint improve the students’ learning motivation, increasing authentic materials for study, encouraging interaction between the teacher and the students.
  • B. The Disadvantages of Using PowerPoint

    There are several risky factors associated with the using of PowerPoint, among others are:

  • Equipment failure
  • The component system sometimes does not work as expected. The main failure in projector is rare but possible. The solution here is to have alternative activities, for example good preparation.

  • File Corruption
  • This damage caused by magnetic or physical damage so that the presentation will not run. To overcome this problem, CD (compact disk) which is unaffected by magnetic field can be used.

  • Incompatible Media
  • Incompatible media means the incompatible the system available. The best solution is to be aware of the systems to use our own laptop.

  • The most common abuses
  • The most common abuses in PowerPoint use for teaching and learning include visually poor or boring slide. Too many texts on the slide do not support good reading text, other abuses for example, inappropriate use of multimedia options, for example too much animation or over use of slide transitions. Further, many teachers do not have enough basic knowledge in applying PowerPoint in teaching learning. In addition, PowerPoint can not handle unexpected situations because PowerPoint is unable to handle the students’ questions immediately as the teachers do.

    Created By El-Ikhsan
    May 18, 2010

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