How I Use It
We use Prezi for professional presentations, faculty lessons, and student projects. Students and teachers appreciate the non-linear approach to creating interesting presentations. While the learning curve may appear steep at the beginning, once users realize how to use the various tools and features, they are all in. My faculty especially appreciate the CreativeCommons image/video search feature, which reinforces good fair use practices in an academic setting. I put teachers in a group project setting and had them experiment with avatars to work together from any computer location, and even the most basic users were able to complete group tasks. While Prezi offers you the ability to upload and "prezify" your previous PowerPoint presentations, this is a bit limiting. I don't believe this is because of Prezi, but because your original presentation was created in a linear format. Once you realize the power of the blank screen and the ability to move around and organize while you think, or when an idea hits you, you will love working in a nonlinear environment. Inevitably, whenever I have used Prezi to present to teachers and board members, the one question I am asked is, "What tool did you use and can you teach me?"
I love the nonlinear aspects of Prezi and can't remember the last time I used PowerPoint. My overall rating would be a 5 except for the user curve to find the hidden user guides and how-to videos. Also, they have changed the format several times over the last 2 years which has caused me to stay abreast of any changes and alert my faculty. Although, this never seems to bother my students who adapt to frequent technology updates with ease. I have also used the presentation app, which has improved greatly with updates. While I have teachers who use Prezi with younger students, you need to read the user rights because there is an age-limitation. I believe it is more appropriate for students in the middle and upper grades.