How I Use It
I used Prezi as an introduction tool to spark students interest in Indian history. I included many images, videos and designed it in a way that hooked students into the topic. In a later unit on Indian culture, students used Prezi as a tool to argue why restauranteurs in India should integrate cultural and historical features into their planning. They made their Prezi in the shape of a building, and used their content to fill in the rooms with suggestions. For another debate unit, students used various Prezi templates, including one in the shape of a scale, to collaborate on organizing evidence for different sides of a class debate. Kids then used it as a visual aid. Prezi is very dynamic and is as applicable as one's imagination. I'd emphasize directly teaching and assessing the features of Prezi and scaffolding it's use of features over time, as it can seem overwhelming at first for kids. To Prezi's credit, they continue to update features, making it increasingly user friendly.
This is a dynamic tool for kids to collaborate on presentations or projects. The zooming, easy photo/video embedding features, paths and templates help kids develop design skills. It's nice for the teacher to be able to be part of the presentation, so that they can give formative assessment throughout the work of the project. For students to be most effective with the features, it's valuable for teachers to know the tool and directly teach the features to students. Prezi provides guidance and tutorials as well to help.