Teacher Review For Prezi

Artistic presentation tool with limited scope

Mary B.
Technology coordinator
Our Lady of Good Counsel School
Vienna, VA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
We used it, at first, to create a "Prezume" with words, pictures, symbols, and perhaps music, links, and videos. The Google image search integration into Prezi made the picture import process, smooth. Once students realized that a Frame was like a slide in PowerPoint and the Path was like the slide order, they were good. I guess they are "PowerPoint natives". Students needed to work on zooming out far enough to work with the Frames - when it was zoomed in, each time they clicked on a frame, Prezi wanted to add a text box. In general, it is a very easy-to-use presentation tool that has a very artistic feel, using an image as a canvas in the background and zooming in and out to focus on key points.
My Take
Prezi is very appealing and attractive, but it does not have all of the capabilities of PowerPoint. It is very easy to learn and students are able to get started after watching a short video. Most of them choose to use a ready-made template and/or copy a recyclable public Prezi from the Explore section. It is amazing how quickly they can enter their main points of the presentation and have it up and running - in minutes. That is the beauty of Prezi, and maybe it's the drawback, as well. After watching many students present Prezis, I do get a bit dizzy. :)