Benefits of Using PowerPoint in
the Kindergarten classroom
Let’s face it, in today’s society computers are here to
stay. I believe exposing children at a young age to
computers, and instilling in them that computers are
a great learning tool, and not just something to play
on can have a positive and life-long effect.
Of course, it’s still important to monitor how often
and for how long children are on the computer. Just
as it’s advised to monitor how long they play their
video games and which one’s they are playing.
One way to introduce children to the positive aspects
of computers and learning is in the classroom. For
example, in Kindergarten children are introduced to
the basic fundamentals of math.
By putting those teaching tools into a PowerPoint
presentation you can make the learning more fun,
exciting, and interactive.
It also promotes a feeling of acceptance and
camaraderie among the students because they are
doing the activity together in a group setting.
It can also help children who may not understand the
material, and are too afraid to ask for help.
Keep in mind that using PowerPoint for math in
higher grades may not be as beneficial. Especially if
the students are doing formulas. This would be an
instance where students seeing all the steps written
out would probably be more beneficial.
However, what you could do is do a slide with the
beginning formula and a slide with the final step and
have the students complete the steps in between.
This concept is teaching students to see numbers 6, 7,
8, 9, and 10 as having a 5 and some more. This
visual pattern helps students add and subtract and
understand numbers. It also helps students with the
concept of (greater) numbers.
It’s also helpful while doing this exercise for the
students to use objects to form their 5-group and
(more). Such as pennies or pieces of candy.
6 7 8 9 10
A group of 5 is already in place and
students add more circles to get to the
above number. This also helps students to
count in their head from 5 instead of 1.