Teacher Review For Prezi

Intriguing Alternative to PowerPoint

Wheatley D.
Classroom teacher
Warren Mott High School
Warren, MI
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
Students in my class have used Prezi as a presentation tool--often as an alternative to creating a PowerPoint. (*Sidenote: In the past year or so, I have noticed that many students use Prezi as their default tool. In some cases, they never learned PowerPoint in favor of web-based tools.) They have shared their findings on various topics, presented about themselves, pitched ideas, etc. The interface can be tricky at first because of the zooming, but many students enjoy this tool once they get the hang of it. Most of my students with special needs chose to stay with PowerPoint, since they were already comfortable with it.
My Take
Prezi can certainly be used to deliver content in a more visually appealing way, but I believe it is most useful when put into the hands of students to help them share and show how they've made meaning of something. I appreciate that Prezi's themes are interesting and creative, with pre-set slides if you'd like. I also am a huge fan of the fact that all work is cloud-based. When I present at school or at a conference I can just log into Prezi and share from there. I can also easily share the link to my audience/students for future reference. (*You can download a copy if you are worried about limited WiFI). Another cool feature of Prezi is the ability to share your projects for others to copy and use/adjust. There is an element of collaboration there, as well as the potential for student groups to share a Prezi and collaborate from any location. My main issue with Prezi is that the zooming can be nausea-inducing, so you have to be careful with that. Also, sometimes editing can be difficult due to the high sensitivity of scrolling. That said, Prezi can allow for some great visual "magic" that will make any presentation more intriguing & easier to share. Check it out!