Teacher Review For Prezi

A great zooming take on presentations

Michael B.
Classroom teacher
Armada High School
Armada, MI
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My Grades 10
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this as a presentation aid in brief and small scale lectures. As an English teacher, I use it to give 15-20 minute presentations with accompanying notes to help with comprehension of author's purpose, influence, and lasting connections with introduction to a new unit or text. Like Powerpoint, this is something which if done daily or in a dry style, will become stale and fall on deaf ears. The great thing about Prezi vs Powerpoint is that it is more conducive to help with an entertaining twist to a lecture- something the current high school student deeply craves instead of the boring-stand-in-front-of-the-classroom lecture. It does have a learning curve and if your internet connection is weak or lagging, it can definitely hinder the presentation.
My Take
Overall, I do enjoy it much more that Powerpoint. I have used Prezi almost exclusively compared to Powerpoint since 2009-10, and taught my staff on it in PD in 2011. Fun fact for Powerpoint: it has been around since the early 90's in function and developed in the late 80's. Powerpoint is older than all of our students! This is a tool which can be great or 'meh' in the eyes of the student and I think that deals with the performance art of education. As stated before, if it is not diversified in style and usage, students will begin to see it as white noise.