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