PowerPoint Presentations Increase Achievement and Student Attitudes Towards Technology

PowerPoint Presentations Increase Achievement and Student Attitudes Towards Technology

Michael Fedisson (Bellefonte Area Middle School, USA) and Silvia Braidic (California University of Pennsylvania, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2007100106
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Seventh grade students were tested on their knowledge of sentences and nouns in a language arts classroom. The classes consisted of 28 males and 31 females. All students were Caucasian with the exception of two African-American males. Students were predominantly from middle class families. All three classes were grouped heterogeneously. During instruction for two units, classes were taught with the following approaches: (1) using traditional methods of book work and handouts for one unit, and (2) using technological aids such as Microsoft PowerPoint for a second unit. Test results from three classes during both units were compared. The data indicates that when using technological aids as teaching tools, student test grades increased, especially for low-achieving students or for those with learning disabilities. A technology survey was also used to establish each student’s comfort level with technology and their attitudes towards the use of technological aids in the classroom.

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