Given advancement in technology, it has finally got to a time when it has landed into the classroom. Saudi Arabia like many developed nations has embraced it wholesome in order to replace the old way of both learning and teaching. Introduction of computers in classrooms, especially the use of PowerPoint presentations has led to significant improvement in material delivery in the classroom especially by providing a roadmap that helps guide students through difficult concepts that in the past would have taken longer to grasp.
Moreover, a slide show tends to engage the students minds ensuring their concentration by triggering their curiosity and makes it easier to jolt down notes unlike conventionally when a teacher would have to repeat a phrase several times for the students to note it down. From a teacher’s perspective, the use of PowerPoint presentations may revolutionize learning in the Saudi classroom ensuring that learners grasp concepts with little effort and at the same time enable the teacher to deliver quality service. However since this is a new concept in the Saudi classroom, various challenges may be faced. For instance, the student’s participation is very limited and thus may lead them to even falling asleep. Moreover, lack of remote devices such as the mouse hamper the teacher’s movements around the classroom thus bring about a sense of monotony. This therefore may call for implementers to take into consideration changes in technology and find creative methods to transmit learning material through PowerPoint.
Statement of the Problem
It is beyond reasonable doubt that technology will have to play a critical role in every classroom worldwide and the Saudi classroom is no different. Technology dictates the onset of future learning techniques, which are better than initial methods of learning. Although this is the case, not every part of the word has embraced technology to the bit. Less number of people has adopted the use of power point in the classroom of which Saudi Arabia is among them. Old methods of learning are still being used all over Saudi, and the people themselves are not about to change this.
The traditional teaching methods are still leading as a strong cultural background practice in the country, Saudi Arabia, which is full of wealth and resources, that is, the Saudi kingdom is proud and takes into account their cultural practices since time immemorial. This has been a fact that has hindered the embracing and adoption of technology in the republic.
Importance of the Study
The main priority of any classroom is to impart knowledge in the best and simplest way to the learner while still emphasizing on the importance of the retention of this knowledge in the mind of the learner. Whichever way education is passing from the teacher to the learner, it will still be enough for him or her to stand out in the crowd.
The study shows that Saudi Arabia is surviving without power point presentations but though they display that they do not necessarily require it, it is an essential and important tool for conducting education since it offers better graphic visualization and instances of educative material.
Curriculum makers in Saudi Arabia can use this research to find the best ways in evaluating other forms of learning before their introduction into the education system. The introduction of power point presentation will also act as an important tool for teachers who initially and still embrace culture, thus this will go a long way in improving the learning process.
The hypothesis in this case is that the use of power point in Saudi classrooms would be exceptional for the educational system in overall. Therefore, conclusively I would agree that the use of presentation technology broadens the research capability of individuals and offers a new approach to presenting educative material via PowerPoint slides for students and lectures who require better and aided presentation techniques for instance, their projects.
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