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.
About perspective… on Prezi
The Prezi I’m sharing with you was posted by Annie Nam about the Coca Cola Company. It takes what could have been the ‘typical’ classroom presentation about a company and turns into something interesting to learn about.
Coca Cola Company on Prezi
The final Prezi is something different all together. Prezi lists this one under the categories of “Prezumés & Portfolios” and it was created by John D. McCarty as his digital resume. I loved clicking through this one – what a creative way to showcase your skills and qualifications!
Thoughts on Classroom Use
- On Teacher Use: This is definitely not a PowerPoint – what I mean to say is that it looks like there is a bit of a learning curve. I don’t envision myself making a Prezi in 5 minutes and being ready to go.
- On Student Use: My students were extremely comfortable with PowerPoint. I KNOW they would have loved playing with this, but I can see them getting frustrated in the beginning because of its “newness”. It definitely doesn’t have the Office toolbars that they were used to using.
Getting started with Prezi
Prezi offers a free basic account (this is called their “Public” account) that gives you 100 MB of storage space. Their two paid level accounts (Enjoy and Pro) offer many more features. Here’s their comparison:
Prezi Public Price Plans
But wait! There’s Student/Teacher pricing which for me equals WIN!
There are two tiers of education pricing – Edu Enjoy or Edu Pro. Edu Enjoy is free and I have that account.
Prezi Education Price Plans
I definitely plan to explore Prezi
more, and have an idea in the works to make my own. Have you ever used Prezi? Do you have any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to see examples of your work.
Thanks for reading!