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.
- 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
- 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)