How I Use It
My students have presented Prezis about themselves, an assigned California Mission to increase tourism, and Native Californians. They are also opting to just play in the space and explore the possibilities it has to offer.
I took ten minutes to demonstrate the basics before turning my fourth graders loose in the lab. They took to it like champs. The Prezis are most effectively and efficiently built on a computer within your browser, but Prezi does offer a download and this app, too. The app is good for actual presenting, although it can take some time to load if a project is in heavy in pictures, but is not easy for intricate builds or edits. They are rolling out premium services if you are a heavy producer, but the standard free version works well for me and my students.
Personally, I used it to present requests for mini mobile iPad labs to our parent teacher group with great success. I am also using it as an alternate, digital, resume - or Presume. Like I said, I love that Prezi is able to capture me and my teaching style in a non-traditional, eye-opening way.
PowerPoint is the 8-track of presentations - particularly for elementary students. The traditional presentation software, though still purposeful, fails to capture the attention and engage most students. Even media rich slide presentations cannot hold a candle to Prezi and its three-dimensional presentation universe.
My students love to build and share their creations with Prezi. They quickly picked up the basics, and then taught one another more advanced tips and tricks as they built prezis to inform, inspire, and bring happiness to one another.
As a teacher, and lover of all things not boring, Prezi has officially retired traditional slide presentations in my classroom. With little extra effort, we are able to create a media-rich presentation that allows us to virtually fly through our materials and remain highly engaged. This service, which is ever-improving, is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant world of static slide shows.