How I Use It
My high school class is using Prezi to present their research on one aspect of educational technology. They needed to give me a thesis and then use the Prezi to support and present that information. Example thesis: "Despite some of the drawbacks, having individual technology devices, such as laptops, will increase the production and performance of high school students. " I have not yet seen the final products, but the beginnings of these projects are so much more interesting than PowerPoint presentations. When students ask me questions like, "How do I add music?" or "Can I embed a video?" I push it right back to them and challenge them to find out how to do that. One problem with Prezi can be that students go overboard with zooming and moving on the canvas, and this can become a distraction from the content. This is one of the categories on my Prezi rubric. I expect that the next time students need to do a presentation for another class, they will be choosing Prezi as their vehicle of choice.
I use Prezi in high school and find that the global thinkers do very well with it, Students who want everything in "straight lines" can get frustrated, but they can learn it too.
As a teaching tool, Prezi can be used by teachers to present information in a way that is not as "dry" as a PowerPoint. Students are more likely to pay attention to a Prezi because of the novelty of presentation. For students, Prezi allows them to step out of the box of bullet points and rectangles. It is important, in my view, to allow students to explore and learn Prezi on their own. I want to teach my students how to learn, not to just explain how to do everything. Since Prezi is new to most of them, this fits the bill perfectly. The educational version is free and allows students to share with their teacher.