Like many tools out there Prezi is something that is easier to understand if you see it rather than read about it. So feel free to skip the rest of this write up and just check out these examples, because you might understand it better.
For those of you who would still prefer to read, let me try to explain Prezi. In one sentence it is basically a visually stimulating presentation tool. Prezi allows you to zoom in and out on concepts and move back and forth easily from one idea to the next. It’s also cloud based so you can access it anywhere and can easily collaborate with others on a project. If you want to spice up your next presentation, this is a great way of doing it.
I personally love Prezi for making your presentations more engaging. However you do have to be careful that you don’t get too excited about the moving capabilities as you may make your audience a little sick.
When working with students, I’ve found that it’s a little bit harder for students to use as it allows for a non-linear presentation. I’d definitely recommend it for older grades and not for the younger ones.
If you have a non-linear presentation or your goal is to show the connections between ideas Prezi is the perfect tool to use. I used it during an ecosystems unit to show the students how all the different parts work together to support the whole system.
Do I plan to use it?
I already do!
Commitment and Learning Curve
Medium to high. This is a great program but you have to commit some time to figuring out how everything works. It’s similar in structure to Keynote or Powerpoint so if you know those you will find the transition easier.
Best for ES MS or HS?
MS and HS in terms of student use, but teachers in all levels can use it to add new flair to their presentations.
Free or paid versions available.