Prezi

While integrating technology into the classroom, educators seek innovative tools that not only engage students in the learning process, but also enhance educational offerings. Prezi’s nonlinear pathways, zoom capability, and collaborative options offer a unique platform to creative story-telling. Having viewed a mere two Prezi presentations prior to this week, I was intrigued to learn more, to begin to develop a plan for classroom implementation, and to explore applications in educational leadership.

In order to effectively research and describe Prezi, I decided to create my own visual story and experience using Prezi for the first time. Despite the ease of start-up and usage, it was an extremely time consuming endeavor, due in part to the number of features available through Prezi, particularly zooming, customizing inserts, and creating pathways. While the creative options of Prezi far surpass the linear capabilities of PowerPoint or Google Presentation, it is because of these options, it is important the viewer doesn’t lose the overall message. Like other presentation tools, Prezi can be overdone or misused.

The collaborative sharing capabilities of Prezi prove promising as Prezi Meeting, for example, brings together up to 10 co-editors on a shared canvas with 30 additional meeting attendees. Prezi can be accessed on a variety of devices, downloaded, and shared online. In sharing Prezi with colleagues, I hope to inspire them to learn a new tool, and I personally look forward to breaking down the steps, providing the necessary parameters for elementary students to successfully use Prezi in the classroom.

Check out my first Prezi.

Web 2.0 Prezi

References

Prezi. (n.d.) Retrieved May 8, 2013 from http://www.prezi.com

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7 Responses to Prezi

  1. Josh Looney says:

    Katie –
    I agree with you about Prezi misuse. I’ve seen some serious abuse of Prezi in presentations, but love it when used the right way. PowerPoints have always seemed so…boring…not the way I prefer to learn, at least. I love the creative approach you can take with Prezi, taking a plain PowerPoint, give it life/angles/zoom and engage your audience in a new way.

    As you mentioned, Prezi is definitely time-consuming in the beginning. However, once you find a template that works for you, the required time commitment drops.

    The co-editing feature is something I wasn’t aware of and will definitely be something to take advantage of in the future. I think you’ll find people receptive to Prezi as an alternative to PowerPoint. When an audience sits through a Prezi presentation for the first time, I’ve found they’re often intrigued and interested in giving it a shot for their own presentations as well.

    Josh

  2. Last week I sat in a classroom where senior student groups were “pitching” an idea for funding. It was a senior capstone course in Marketing. It was interesting to see the various presentation styles. Although some used PowerPoint and others used Prezi, I didn’t find one tool to win me over more than the other. Prezi, although nice in that it is more visually diverse, isn’t what differentiated the pitch. The fact of the matter is that the difference between a good and bad presentation remains in the hands of those presenting the material.

    As leaders I think it is important for us to help students become familiar with the available tools. However, we must emphasize that time spent in developing materials is time lost on developing content and practicing the delivery method. The tool used needs to compliment the topic and the style of the presenter. I think you make this point very clear when you state that Prezi can be “overdone”.

    I appreciate the time and effort you put into developing your own Prezi. From experience, I know this took an enormous amount of time. It goes to show your leadership style involves a bit of risk taking. You adventured into the unknown! Nice job-

    • bwatwood says:

      Mary, great point. I am a big believer in Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen. His book and blog probably had more impact on my presentations than any other I had read!

  3. bwatwood says:

    Katie:

    Fantastic job! Love how you used the tool to review the tool. That would not work for all tools, but it is a sweet spot for this one! Cannot wait to see your second one! 🙂

  4. Ashley D. says:

    Katie,
    I enjoyed your blog post! I was also assigned Prezi as my topic. I have utilized Prezi in several of my graduate courses, and have found that it gets much easier with time! Unfortunately, I tend to get caught up in all of the pathways and formatting and the process becomes very time-consuming. I am not a very artistic person, so I appreciate how a little tweaking can really make the presentation stand out!
    Ashley D.

  5. sympa2013 says:

    Katie, thank you for your interesting post. Personally, I experienced Prezi tool in the Strategic Planning and Management course. Dr Martin introduced this web tool to the class and asked us to explore it. I remember that it was a great experience. I agree with you that Prezi has numerous features and this is what makes its presentation exceptional and engaging to its audience. As you mentioned, like any social media, this web tool can be misused.
    It is true that Prezi exceeds the linear capabilities of PowerPoint presentation. Some of Prezi’s pluses include 3D slides allowance, easily zooming words, and offering wonderful backgrounds. However, Power-point presentations have advantages that Prezi doesn’t possess. For instance, Power-point presentations allow users to add note pages in the bottom of each slide in order to clarify a certain point. Additionally, it is very easy to add images and texts to this tool. Furthermore, there is a consistency in the Power-point presentations. If users put a lot of time and effort on developing their Power-point presentation then their presentation will be engaging as well.
    Thank you,
    Sahar,

  6. elstoneric says:

    Awesome post Katie!!! Prezi is a great tool once you master the art of developing a presentation in the software! It adds the wow factor for your audience. But, there is a disclaimer that I found a couple weeks ago.

    Adults Only. The Prezi Service is intended for adults only. You must be 18 years old – or, if the age of majority in your state or province is greater than 18 years, such age of majority in your state or province – or have obtained the consent of your parent or guardian to use the Prezi Service.

    But, we do use Prezi for embedding professional development which is daily practices in our school and explore important classroom questions, peer observation to promote collegial feedback and looking at student work. Prezi give a great platform to observe teachers delivery of a lesson and opens the doors to communicating and sharing strategies that can foster team building among departments. Great feedback on Prezi and I enjoy your exploration of the Technology.

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