Presenting, Prezi

Judging by the number of teachers that requested last year that I work with their students on improving Powerpoint presentations, I can infer two things:

1. “Present to the class” assignments are popular

2. And yet, you all as teachers aren’t terribly impressed with your students’ presentations.

So I will offer today an alternative to Powerpoint presentation software: web-based Prezi.

Prezi is a cloud based presentation editor, which means that presentations are created and stored online, rather than on a hard drive PC or student H drive.

Pros:

  • It is different than Powerpoint, which alone can help to break student Powerpoint dependancy (slide after slide of bulleted lists read to the audience)
  • It allows for easy embedding and showing of YouTube videos
  • Because of the way you create presentations, it requires critical thinking about sequencing of the information presented

Cons:

  • Students have to create their own accounts, which can lead to forgotten passwords, etc
  • There is a definite learning curve because it is so different from Powerpoint (which students have used so many times at this point)
  • Free accounts that your students would create default to public, which means that their presentations are open for the world to see
  • Presentations are saved online, which means that if the site is having server issues, students wouldn’t be able to present
  • There is a way to download and save a version of the presentation, but I am fairly unfamiliar with the process and know that it saves in zipped form

Here is a simple sample Prezi presentation that I created to work with Mrs. Sadrakula’s Leadership students:

(the image is linked to see the full presentation)

As always, let me know if you would like me to introduce your students to this tool!
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