Teacher Review For Prezi

Slick Presentation Tool Requires Big Time Commitment and a Delicate Hand

Danielle F.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Prezi to create presentations for professional development seminars and for my classroom. As a professional development tool, it can grab the attention of your audience. Additionally, you can "give" the presentation to your audience with a url or QR code. For example, I created The Yes Culture: http://goo.gl/qZdaI for a leadership seminar I gave to the United Way. In the class, I have used it as a way to engage students with digital storytelling. Two popular lesson plans included students creating and sharing "life maps" and poetry analyses. Here's an example of what a poetry analysis might look like: http://goo.gl/t3ygRl
My Take
At first glance, Prezi is a mind-blowing presentation tool that makes PowerPoint look like yesterday's news. And in the right hands, it can be a fantastic and slick tool. However, be warned that Prezi is not for the faint of heart, as it requires quite a bit of time to explore and set up. In addition, it can eat up a lot of bandwidth in the classroom. When done poorly (with too many spins and zooms), I've seen the app cause motion sickness in the audience!