Many people are hearing about Prezi as it is becoming a popular tool for classrooms across all subjects and grade levels. It is a tool that can seem like a mix between interactive whiteboard and presentation slide technology as it allows you to draw on a huge digital canvas, move things around, and then sequence the information for presenting as you wish. The video below, created by Prezi, explains the art of Prezintations.
Amy Mayer, an educator who writes about technology in her blog Fried Technology, wrote about Prezi on several different occasions. One post even classified Prezi among the Top Ten Tech Tools for the Social Studies (or any) Classroom! This is because, as Mayer describes in Prezi: Completely Amazing Non-Linear Presentation Tool, Prezi’s nonlinear presentation tends to be more fun for students in comparison to other dated tools. When you think about tools such as PowerPoint or Google Presentations, for example, you create work one slide at a time; Prezi allows you to create all your information in one spot and then make a “path” that tells the program what order you would like the presentation to be presented in. Additionally, the font, color, and symbol combinations are infinite, allowing for beautiful works, and the option to add videos and online links right into the presentation without opening another page. This is also more convenient for teachers and engaging for students. These organization methods are easier done in Prezi than other programs. Prezi’s ability to creatively communicate ideas and complex relationships between ideas on the large space through moving images, arrows, timelines, brackets, and other even more organizational devices can even make feel like a 3D movie.
Though it is a little trickier to navigate than other more intuitive tools, there are numerous tutorials to help, such as the one above. Once you master it though, making creations is like second nature. Prezi is neat in that you can also search for works people have already made, and share your own, making it like an interactive, collaborative archive. This can help lighten the load for teachers… just imagine all the lessons already created!
Here are some photos of parts of excellent Prezintations. Clicking on the photos will allow you to view the entire presentation on Prezi’s website.
Finally, Prezi makes for a great classroom tool because it is free to students and teachers. It’s as easy as signing up for an account, and then you can begin Prezinting today!
Have you ever used Prezi before? If so, what assignments did you use it for? What did you like or dislike about it? If not, would you use Prezi in your classroom?