How I Use It
Until recently, I have used Prezi solely for presenting information to my students. I have used Prezi to teach topics such as The Star-Spangled Banner, the origins of opera, and the beginning of Ragtime. I also have students complete a composer project with Prezi as the final product. Students research information about their composers and then prepare a Prezi to present to their class.
The number one reason why I love Prezi is the visual appeal. I find my students much more engaged in lessons when I'm using Prezi. Prezi is also free to use. There are paid licenses that have more storage space and extra features, but the free license has the features you would need to make attention grabbing presentations. As an added bonus, you can upgrade for free if you sign up for Prezi using a school email account. The only downside to this (which could be just my students) is making sure your students know their school email password. Even though I give my students printed step by step instructions on how to create a Prezi account, it can still take awhile to get every student set up. It can be difficult to navigate the initial sign up pages as the website seems to arbitrarily load different pages. Some pages have paid license information while others have information about free accounts.
Another feature that I find extremely helpful is the Google image search. Instead of browsing your computer for downloaded images, you have the option to search Google directly from your presentation. There is even an option to search for images that are licensed for commercial use. You also have the option of embedding YouTube videos onto your Prezi. In the past, I had to account for the network filters and make sure ahead of time that the YouTube videos would play. Our network has changed recently and this is no longer an issue, but could be if the network changes again. Prezi can also be used to group projects. Users are also able to "share" presentations and collaborate on a project remotely.
A downside to Prezi, I find, is the user friendliness. Prezi used to have an editing tool they called the "Zebra" tool. It was a small dial in the top left corner of the screen that contained all of the editing tools. While still not perfect, I found the "Zebra" tool to be easier to use than the current set up. It takes a bit of trial and error to get used to editing and creating a Prezi. Zooming in and out can also be frustrating. You have to be zoomed in or out to certain points to be able to manipulate various parts of your "slide". As a frequent user, I do not have any trouble with this anymore, but students may get easily frustrated.
Overall, I think Prezi is a great resource. If you don't own, or have access to, PowerPoint, Prezi is a great free alternative to put together visually appealing presentations for any situation.