How I Use It
With it’s unlimited canvas, Prezi allows students to get all their thoughts down in one place first, adding images, videos, and other extras; and then to think through the most logical sequence that will best present their production, very much akin to using a graphical organizer. Students are very engaged with Prezi both individually because it is so easy to use, and in small groups as the sharing and editing function allows a group to work on one project, turning over editing rights to individuals in the group. Students can also add Prezi’s to their e-Portfolio websites using an embedded gadget or by using iframe or embed codes from Prezi. After teaching students to use Prezi, it is often their first choice when asked to create a digital presentation. For the iPad one-to-one middle school students that I teach, the cloud computing Prezi offers has become even more desirable.
I love Prezi. Prezi is a web-based software that allows users to create zooming, moving, and interactive presentations. One of the great things about Prezi is it easily allows diehard PPT and Keynote creators to upload an entire slideshow presentation in one simple step. Images and videos can be uploaded quickly and adding new content is as simple as click and type. However, the only reason I did not give Prezi a 5 Star rating is because there is a learning curve to understanding and learning to manipulate the editing tools. Presentations can be given additional meaning and structure through the use of background images that add enhancement to content. Auditory, tactile, and visual learners can all be accommodated with the use of Prezi (when using the tablet app). The more users construct presentations with Prezi the more possibilities they find for its use. Prezi is very stable and reliable offering users peace of mind with its automatic save function, exporting capabilities, and it’s inherent creative thinking encouragement.