Using PowerPoint Presentations as a Tool for Effective Teaching and Learning of Water Science for Upper Primary Pupils in Mauritius

By G. K. Bahadur and Soorendra Sharma Boodun.

Published by The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning

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The design and development of a simple educational tool, based on the topic ‘water,’ was carried out in this project. A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation was used and different multimedia, supported with texts and interactive activities, were integrated to create a dynamic and user friendly learning environment. The development of the educational tools and its contents were further elaborated. The tool was further implemented in the classroom for upper primary students and was evaluated through a quiz competition. Students were able to learn and understand the different concepts related to water. High flyers, average learners and slow-learners were all exposed to the educational tool and all showed enhanced self-confidence, increasing levels of spoken communication, cooperation and shared leadership role more frequently and developed a positive attitude towards learning as compared to pupils taught using traditional methods. Teachers interviewed believed that Microsoft PowerPoint could easily be used to develop interesting and interactive learning tools by any teachers to make teaching and learning more effective and break the monotony and passivity of traditional classes.

Keywords: Educational Tool, PowerPoint Presentation, Water, Multimedia, Upper Primary Students

The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.65-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.926MB).

G. K. Bahadur

Lecturer, Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning Technology, University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius

Bahadur Goonesh Kumar holds an undergraduate degree in fashion from the University of Central Lancashire, UK and a Master degree from University of Mauritius in computer mediated communication pedagogies. He has been working with the Department of Textile Technology at the University of Mauritius since 2001 and has been involved in teaching students enrolled for the BSc (Hons) Textile and Fashion Design and BSc (Hons) Fashion Technology Programmes. He is currently doing his MPhil/PhD studies on a part-time basis at the University of Mauritius. In 2010, he moved to the Virtual Centre for Innovative Learning Technologies Department within the University of Mauritius, where he is now teaching programmes like, Diploma/BSc (Hons) in Web and Multimedia Development, BSc (Hons) Educational and Instructional Technologies, and MSc Educational Technologies. All modules are delivered online and most students are mainly part-timers.

Soorendra Sharma Boodun

educator, teaching in primary schools in Mauritius, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Mr. Boodun has been working as an educator for 5 years and after having completed his teacher diploma with the Mauritius Institute of Education, he followed a degree course at the University of Mauritius in Educational and Instructional Technologies as from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Boodun has also been teaching in different primary schools in Mauritius and in Agalega Island.