Teacher Review For Prezi for iPad

Great tool for collaborating and presenting!

Andrew S.
Classroom teacher
Turtle Lake Elementary School (Shoreview, MN)
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I have students pair up to create dynamic summaries/opinion pieces on a given topic. I give them a one hour time limit to make sure it's focused. Often times I will use it for an inquiry question such as "How does fast food affect my health?" They quickly add text, photos and even embed youtube videos to answer the questions. I upload the Prezis on my teacher site and often hear about how students view each others' presentations. Students can also edit a prezi at the same time, making it great for collaboration.
My Take
A great tool for summarizing/synthesizing information. It's highly engaging. What did I like? I like how intuitive it is to get started. My students are very sick of making Powerpoint Slides, and this makes the creation much more organic. For example, students can begin by "brainstorming", or putting in main ideas or details, and then move them around to organize them. I tell them it's ok to delete later, it's part of the writing process! The only thing I am not a huge fan of is how it is updated so frequently. A few times during the middle of a project, students would ask "How do I add a shape again?" How could it serve kids? This is a fun way for students to create/present content. We have many speech outcomes in our state standards, and this is a great way to meet them.