App review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2013
Prezi Viewer
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Prezi Viewer

Good for presenting, but you'll need website to get really creative

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8–12 This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
Subjects & Skills
Communication & Collaboration, Creativity

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Pros: The iPad and Prezi.com presentations work together beautifully for giving presentations.

Cons: Unlike Prezi.com, the app has just a handful of templates and no options for audio or video.

Bottom Line: Prezi.com gives students a richer creative experience, but teens can hone their speaking and presenting skills with Prezi Viewer.

The main purpose of the Prezi Viewer is viewing presentations, and the iPad's HD touch screen makes a great medium for interactive Prezi presentations. As they present, teens can zoom in on areas of the prezis, and the grid layout allows for better speaking flow than separate slides do. You can also have teens create presentations on the app, but if you can have them get started on a computer, they'll be able to do so much more creatively.

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The iPad's HD touch screen makes a great medium for viewing interactive presentations on Prezi Viewer. But for creating presentations, Prezi Viewer is bare bones compared to the online computer version. While the computer version offers fabulous templates and themes for starting a presentation, the iPad version is designed for editing or viewing presentations or for creating basic presentations. On the app, there are just a handful of basic templates, and you won't find options to add music, insert video, and more. Still, if you want to create a quick presentation on the fly, it gets the job done. Work created or edited on the app syncs right away with your online account, and vice versa, so you can create a more detailed prezi with audio, video, PDFs, etc., on the computer and tweak it on the go as needed -- this is the real strength of the app.

Teens must register for account to use the service, and they need to be 13 or older. After logging in, teens can see any prezis they've created, start a new prezi, or check out a curated list of 10 "featured" prezis.

 

Teens using Prezi Viewer can learn to plan, create, and present engaging presentations. Speaking and presenting are skills that get better with practice, and Prezi Viewer can make the practice of presenting a bit less daunting and a bit more fun. The iPad version includes featured prezis teens can watch for ideas and inspiration, and the website includes videos and tutorials about the qualities of good presentations. Teens will get a much richer experience using the Prezi.com website, but they can hone their speaking and presenting skills with Prezi Viewer.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

Presenting and watching Prezis on the iPad is fun. But because the app lacks much of the functionality of the website, the experience of creating Prezis here isn't as enjoyable.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

Teens can get hands-on experience with a skill they'll use throughout their lives: presenting to others. But the lack of options on the app version of Prezi is restricting.

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

A brief help section explains how to use the app. Prezi.com offers a wealth of help and ideas for creating engaging presentations.


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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Michelle B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Huntington, United States
Neat way to present material.
I like this app for quick, simple illustrations. Young learners can do quite well with this and it can help them learn and reteach to other students. Advanced learners may find themselves limited in this form of presenting because it limits number of pictures and content. The computer version is much more easy to manipulate than the Ipad version, but it does get the job done. I would recommend trying a more sophisticated app for those with lengthy, more detailed projects.
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