Teacher Review For Prezi

Great online presentation and collaboration tool

Donald P.
Classroom teacher
N.F. Woods Advanced Technology and Arts Center
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I use Prezi for all of my personal presentations. This includes the presentations that I give in class to my students on everything from Abstract Art to Zentangles - as well as presentations that I give at state and national STEAM conventions. Prezi does have a slight learning curve, but I have found that even those who have learning disabilities and are below grade level can learn to use Prezi with a few simple instructions and examples given by the teacher. One of the most powerful aspects of Prezi is the ability for multiple users to edit the same presentation at any time. This is fantastic for in class group work as students can each add in their sections and research into a presentation without messing up what the others have added. I have even done the group collaboration with teachers in other states. You could have student 'pen pals' collaborate on a presentation comparing and contrasting where they live with each other even if they are in a different city, state or country. Once finished Prezis can also be published to the public so that others can both view them and edit them to use for themselves. Teachers can easily adapt this into their STEAM sessions and their students will take it an 'run' making things that their teachers had never even thought of.
My Take
Prezi is a fantastic online presentation tool that allows students to add some 'pop' to their presentations through zooms, pans and twists and turns as they give their presentation. It also allows for multiple users to edit the same presentation which is great for group work in the classroom. It takes the 'T' of 'technology' and ramps it up a notch.