April 8, 2010
Last year at TCEA (2009), I was introduced to Prezi! I was so excited, but I was learning so much and was not sure what to do with it. As I prepared for the 2009-2010 back-to-school staff development, I knew it was time to show Prezi! You can see a copy of my first prezi at http://prezi.com/4vg20dpbaftk/.
What is Prezi?
When I first learned about Prezi, it was described as a zooming text editor. Now I realize it can be described as so much more! Prezi is a way to create engaging presentations. You can create them in a free account or pay for an upgrade (I’m not to that point yet.) One of my favorite things about Prezi is the different ways you can share your presentations. You can choose to make them public by sharing or emailing the link to friends. The best part is you can download your presentation to run off your desktop. I always do this when I know I might be in a situation that the wireless connection will be questionable!
Where can I learn more?
You can learn more about Prezi by visiting their website. The site has great videos and other information to help you get started. I highly recommend looking at other prezis for ideas! Your creation can contain simply text, or it can contain pictures and video.
Can I use my presentation remote so I won’t be tied to the computer?
Of course! Simply put the mouse over the arrow. Then you can click the same button you would to advance PowerPoints on your remote.
What if I am already familiar with Prezi?
If you are already familiar with Prezi, visit their recent blog post announcing new features http://blog.prezi.com/2010/04/06/new-features-based-on-your-ideas/!
I encourage everyone to try Prezi! It will definitely capture your audience’s attention and keep them engaged! It also requires you to condense the words on the screen:) If you are a teacher, allow students to create their class presentations using Prezi. The possibilities are endless!