Tech Finds | Prezi: An alternative to typical presentations

I recently watched a presentation in one of my graduate classes (Systematic Instructional Development). I was prepared for what I’ll call the ‘typical’ presentation – slides with words and/or pictures, with maybe a video or two.

Instead, I sat with my mouth hanging open as this presentation, which at first glance appeared to be slides, zoomed in and out on the screen and focused on different words or images. I watched the entire presentation with total attention.

Now a big part of this was also the presenter. My classmate did an excellent job. He obviously took his time preparing and knew what he wanted to say and when he wanted to say it. But my attention was mainly captured by the format of his presentation.

Today I’m sharing one of my newest Tech Finds with you –  the tool his presentation introduced me to – Prezi. According to their website, Prezi “opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.” While I don’t have my classmate’s presentation to share with you, I’d like to share three sample Prezi presentations that are posted on their website.

The first is by Adam Somlai-Fischer. He’s the founder and current head of design at Prezi. This presentation does a nice job of explaining how Prezi enables you to look at presentations differently.

http://prezi.com/bin/preziloader.swf

Thanks for reading!
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2 responses to “Tech Finds | Prezi: An alternative to typical presentations

  1. Prezi is a great tool and can really make your presentations stand out from the rest. I’ve been using it for about a year now and it’s become not only my primary presentation tool, but also a great mind-mapping tool for organizing other work! I made a short post with my thoughts on Prezi. Give it a look if you have a chance :] http://billymeinke.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/making-your-presentations-memorable-with-prezi/

    • Hi Billy! Thanks for your comment. I never thought about using it as a mind-mapping tool and I’ve been looking for one to help me keep concepts straight in a class I’m in now. Great idea!

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