The Effectiveness of Using an Online Presentation Platform in the Teaching and Learning of History

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Zulbahrin Haji Ismail
Rohani Matzin
Rosmawijah Jawawi
Masitah Shahrill
Jainatul Halida Jaidin
Lawrence Mundia
Mar Aswandi Mahadi


Most research on the aspects of teaching focuses on the technological, pedagogical and content knowledge. However, more studies are yet to be explored on the impact and efficiency of using technology as a tool for learning, particularly in the secondary history education. This study investigated how the online presentation platform called Prezi can be used effectively as a teaching and learning tool for the history subject. To test its effectiveness, students were given pre-test questions on historical topics before they were asked to form groups, create their own Prezi and present their products to the whole class. After the class presentation, they were given the post-test questions. The results indicated that there was an increase in the knowledge gained when the students were actually ‘doing’ and ‘creating’ their own Prezi. The findings further indicated that the students were keen to explore new technological platforms whilst studying history, thus appealing to their tech savvy tendencies. Teachers however, should carefully plan and create Prezi that are visually stimulating and grab the attention of the students in order to convey knowledge to the students.


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