Teacher Review For Prezi

A Step Up from the Classic PowerPoint Presentation

Suzy L.
Technology coordinator
Cherokee County Schools
Canton, GA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used Prezi many times as a teacher. As it's developed over the years, it's become much more user friendly. I used it to introduce literature units (Huck Finn, Gatsby, and The Harlem Renaissance) with my American Literature students. Students used it themselves to respond to research prompts, such as when they finished with the Alaska Gold Rush research and wanted to share their facts. Previously, I loved using premade Prezi templates. However, trying to edit them was sometimes a pain. I couldn't make the path change easily enough, or the shapes didn't look right next to the ones that were already. However, now that I know about uploading PowerPoints directly and deleting the path to build it from scratch, I like the tool a lot better. I do wish the background music feature (which students love) automatically faded out when an uploaded video clip also had sound. For a specific use of the tool, check out my boards.
My Take
In my new role as a technology trainer, I get to choose what to share with teachers and students, and it's always something I feel is valuable. Prezi fits that category. I have shown it to high school students preparing to be teachers as a tool they can use to share with students in their current field experiences, as well as in their future classrooms. I am not affiliated with laurarandazzo.com, but I have to say that her Prezis for high school English are phenomenal. I would recommend them highly, as they really captured my students' attention.