How I Use It
Our English teachers had the kids open accounts using the educator preference and do author studies. I had made a prezi to introduce prezi, which included the tutorials from the prezi site. As the students worked, the teacher and I could monitor their progress online and make suggestions while they were working. The students worked in groups and because it was online they could easily preview, discuss, and make changes to their prezi without e-mailing. The students then presented and learned about the authors from each other...and had fun doing it. But maybe more importantly they learned a new collaborative presentation tool to use in showing their knowledge. As a librarian I have used prezi to introduce information about the library and research resources and projects. It kept the kids interested as the "slides" flipped around--sort of like how Seseme Street used to be.
This is a program that allows students to present their research in an attractive and different way than just powerpoint that they are all getting tired of using. Using the templates makes their presentation easy to construct and easier to view. The other advantage that this program has is that it can highlight specific things that the student or teacher wants emphasized by going directly to that item to stress the picture or text. The user can also control easily the presentation's path, if there are slides that need repeating to accentuate it, that can easily be done. There are also excellent tutorials on how to use prezi, both on their site and on teacher tube (also on you tube, but that is blocked at my school for students).