Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 15 - Prezi



Congratulations and way to go! Welcome to Day 15!


"Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that 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." prezi.com/about






At Prezi.com/learn there are a few quick tutorials to get you started. The Prezi people pride themselves on making the software intuitive and easy to use with simple, yet powerful tools.


There is even a feature that will help you convert any Powerpoint or Keynote presentation into a editable Prezi.

Click here for a Sample Prezi.


Opt for the Free "Edu Enjoy" subscription!
Prezi, like many other web 2.0 tools, offers its software as a free "Public" version in addition to its two tiered subscriptions ("Enjoy" and "Pro") that are paid annually. For first time users, you may subscribe directly to the Edu Enjoy subscription for free. For those of you that have already created a Public account, you can upgrade for free to the Edu Enjoy subscription! Edu Enjoy gives you 400mb of additional storage over the Public account in addition to premium support. With Edu Enjoy you can also make your Prezi's private and share them only with whom you choose.

iPad Friendly!
As an added bonus, Prezi also has a free "Prezi Viewer" app in the iTunes Store made for the iPad.



Your Assignment:
1. On Prezi.com... create an account if you don't already have one and make a Prezi.
2. On the Blog...share your thoughts about how Prezi can be used in the classroom.

Optional: Share a link to your Prezi for others to see/use.

39 comments:

  1. Prezi, thanks to our faboulous technology teacher Matt Jaques, is something I have heard of and used! Our kiddos often use Prezi to present a topic to other students. Or if a student is interested in learning more about a topic they can explore it more and report their findings in a Prezi. I will have to admit it was a 3rd grader who taught me how to use Prezi. :)

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  2. I learned about Prezi a few years ago during a technology course. I like it because it is more stimulating than a Power Point. In Prezi, it is easier to create a graphic organizer where students can see the connections easier. For instance, you can have a center title with several ideas coming off. One by one, you can zoom in to the separate ideas, but make it clear they all relate to the central topic.

    Is is possible to import a Prezi into ActivInspire? I have yet to try it.

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  3. I love Prezi! I use it all the time for myself and with my classes. My students love making Prezis! I especially like the ease of use aspect and the fact that they are constantly updating and improving their interface. The new features for this year are really nice. Being able to search and insert a picture from Google without ever leaving your Prezi is a great new feature. Here is a link to a Prezi I created for a character lesson in my class:
    http://prezi.com/s9v2divnf5u2/teamwork/?auth_key=83473c3047ca403879ff2f9f631f9cba3b1a9f0b
    This one is a link to a Prezi one of my students created on digital citizenship: http://prezi.com/b4hxksrbx5eq/leah-uhde-digital-citizenship/?auth_key=5731c71bc86706f4c4efc90a6618f212e17b6530

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  4. My students will love this. My daughter had shown it to me, recommended by her social studies teacher! Another great program, I need more time!

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  5. Matt, I just looked at your two Prezi's you posted, and they are great! I would love to use them to demonstrate to my class!

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  6. Prezi is really cool and can make a presentation really stand out. There is nothing better than looking better when you do these.

    But there is a learning curve to get past and that slowed me down on this. My Prezis were simple and didn't use all the features available to me.

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  7. I like the feature that allows you to edit an existing Power Point presentation in Prezi. I would be more likely to use it since I don't necessarily have to start from scratch. I think students would be more engaged in creating a presentation using Prezi rather than just another PowerPoint!

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  8. I fell in love with this the first time I saw it last year. Over the summer, I created a prezi for my classroom rules and procedures...mine is not the greatest, but it is a starting point. It takes quite a bit of up-front organization to make a great one :) I think it keeps the audience's attention more than just a power point with all the zooming in and out.

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  9. Jolie - Feel free to use them in your class!

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  10. I like Prezi as well, but there are definitely kids that are "Prezied out." I'm afraid its beginning to turn into PowerPoint 2.0...at least for secondary kids. I don't use them a whole lot in my class, but I do give learners the option of creating them as assessment tools. That seems to work pretty well. The kids that have experience can share good material (or even share how to make one in the first place) and the kids that have other preferences aren't forced into making one.

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  11. Many of my students and fellow teachers are already on top of using Prezi. I have already used it for a few assignments. The one I liked the most was a culture assignment where each student picked two cities in Japan and created a prezi about them. The students used text, picutes, and videos to share this info with the rest of the students in class. They also had an option to create one about their summer vacations.

    Such a visually great way to keep student's attention.
    Here are samples of my student's work:
    http://prezi.com/arpgwyu_hdas/presentation/
    http://prezi.com/ycv89_nqveon/presentation/

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  12. I have used Prezi in several presentations. I must make a commitment to learn it better instead of just relying on powerpoint.

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  13. I like this type of presentation. The zooming gets the interest of your audience better than just another slide.

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  14. I saw Prezis for the first time this year. I myself enjoyed watching it more than a PowerPoint. I think they work well for openers for lessons. It gets the students interested. Creating one for a new math topic could help activate prior knowledge. Students could watch it and answer questions afterwards. I think it would also work well for a review of a topic. I am excited to try out a Prezi with my math class.

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  15. I love prezi! It is very easy and fun to use. I just recently put a prezi together with a few others on what a Prezi was exactly. We all have a good time making it. I loved that way the end project looked. This would be great to use in the classroom for students to creat a Prezi on a topic or concept taught in class.

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  16. I am so glad to report that I already knew about Prezi! Our school recently made a Prezi to demonstrate how we use data to drive our instruction and to also demonstrate the many layers of collaboration and planning we have at Delaware. It was a great way to make a confusing flowchart make sense! Luckily, many of our students are familiar with Prezi, thanks to our fabulous tech teacher, Mr. Jaques. If I had kids who could already navigate Prezi, I think it would be great to let them use it to do an All About Me type of thing at the beginning of the year. It's also a great tool for collaboration as well as practicing those listening and speaking skills which are invaluable as we incorporate 21st century skills into the curriculum.

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  17. I was introduced to Prezi a couple of years ago in one of my internships. I think it is a great tool for students and creates a very interesting presention. Tools like Microsoft PowerPoint can be a bit difficult for students when they want to create a presentation with backgrounds, slide change animations, and timing.
    It is also a great way to deconstruct charts and organizers when they are first introduced. On the plus side the students are for the most part all familiar with the tool. Personally on the downside, the presentations make me dizzy thus watching to many could be difficult.

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  18. My students used Prezi to publish "commercials" promoting online banking safety. They did a great job. A few did even did a prezi in the background with them voice overing for an added touch.

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  19. I am thinking that a Prezi might be used to design a basic remedial lesson which could be shown to small groups or individuals who need extra individualized practice. Being able to make an individualized lesson that is accessed when needed would be great. The variety and impact of the prezi would be an attention grabber!

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  20. I have only used Prezi once, but I found that finding a template is a good starting point. It made it a lot easier to figure out how to zoom and rotate. Students seem to catch on to the process quickly. If you aren't sure about making one, check out the templates!

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  21. I love Prezi, it is much easier and better looking than powerpoint. It would be a great tool in my general music classes for composer biographies.

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  22. Thinking about this tool from a cultural competency perspective, I think Prezi serves as a great tool for students with certain learning styles to really engage with content. It may also be helpful as a way to engage the brain differently. Culturallly responsive instruction calls for finding alternative ways for students to 'show what they know', which Prezi can also do. Finally, a direct way to use it related to culture would be to have kids (applicable at all ages) to do a Prezi entitled 'all about me' whereby students can present their autobiographies based on whatever criteria you decide. This is a way to build relevance and relationship, which both can help kids to connect with teachers, the school, and each other. You could pair/small group the kids to build a Prezi about how they are alike and different from their group/partner. This is a great way to present that type of information, and a great tool for helping kids get to know each other better. The research states that kids re less likelynto bully a kid they know well.

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  23. I had not heard of Prezi until today on the post. I think I could use it as a tool to help update all the powerpoints that I have created. I think it will give them a new dimension. I could see kids presenting their reports on topics, main idea and details, etc. Too bad my students do not have that technologyin their hands so we can do this. Our lab is too ancient to run effectively.

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  24. Prezi's are a cool way to make a powerpoint. We used these all the time when I was working on my Master's degree. It kept the interest of everyone and you can make the main point of the presentation huge while the sub-points are small until you zoom in on them.

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  25. I had heard of Prezi but did not really understand what it was! I just created my first Prezi and it was so easy!

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  26. I like using it, but find that not everyone knows how to create Prezis with real vision and purpose. They can be dizzying! I am still learning how to create them with polish and creativity without looking like I'm on a presentation rollercoaster.

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  27. Prezi is my tool of choice when creating presentations for professional development. In the classroom, students have created prezis that focussed on an essential question of our text. They built presentations that included research, a youtube video, and other multimedia. Students have also used prezi to "teach" the class about a certain concept, like rhetorical devices.

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  28. My students are getting a lot more brave with Prezi. Last year, they were very intimidated by its interface.

    I used this last year to present a handout to my students in a different way. Since I was trying to go paperless, I wanted a way to emphasize a handout that was being viewed on the computer. http://prezi.com/wf2do1xxwjor/mla-reports/

    You do have to be careful with the resolution of prezi...it tends to cut things off that are close to the edge on some screens.

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  29. Prezi is a great tool to use for presentations. The zoom in effect of Prezi is cool and keeps the audience more engaged. In the classroom, I love the idea of students using the essential question of a lesson to build a prezi. This is another way to present research on math concepts and how they are used in the real world or maybe mathematicians and their contribution to mathematics and how that has impacted the world.

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  30. I love Prezi! I've known about it and it's such a great tool. Prezis are way more interesting than simple powerpoints. They get the students involved and anxious to see what comes next. It's a great visual organizer. I like to be able to see the whole picture as well as the parts. Prezi does just this. It's a great tool when introducing a new lesson. For my students, I could definitely use this when teaching and reteaching reading strategies. It would be great review for reading comprehension as well as simple things like spelling and vocabulary tests!

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  31. Prezi is an amazing tool to teach students to use. The presentations look so much 'fancier' than a powerpoint presentation. I've used Prezi's in chemistry for a student to teach the class about a certain topic - such as the mole. It is a great way to visually organize a complex idea, in a professional looking manner.

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  32. I think Prezi is a tremendous software tool for educators. The fact that Prezis are more engaging than other presentations makes this a great tool. The problem for me is as someone mentioned earlier that I need to think bigger picture when preparing. On the flip side of that I think it keeps my presentation in focus too.

    One of my favorite Prezis was an anatomy of the musical score I made for my choir students. I was able to scan music from the copier and insert them as a pdf and then draw attention the important parts of the score. Here is the link: http://prezi.com/nhth_33sxhom/anatomy-of-the-vocal-score/

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  33. I have a lot of my students that choose Prezi when given options for presentations. Students really seem to like the tool and find it easy to use. The only problem I have is that sometimes students put too much movement into the presentation and it makes me a little sick to watch it. :)

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  34. My students introduced me to Prezi last year. A few girls asked if they could spend time in my room during lunch to create one for fun. I didn't really pay attention to what they were creating at first, but when they started working on it I was intrigued.
    After that, the kids always have the option to create a Prezi when giving a presentation.
    This year, a student's mother came to my classes and gave the kids more tools and ideas. The kids love being able to create the Prezis on their netbooks and then connect them to the Promethean board.

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  35. I agree with Mr. Bennett- your "window of time" with Prezi is short. They love the autonomy to decide it's look and love trying to master the features, but it is very much a PPT 2.0 and is quickly fizzling for the wow factor with students. However... teachers aren't transfereing to it as fast. I did not know there was the ability to transfer ppt's and edit them. I'll be trying that. FYI- my students had a lot of frequency with prezi freezing up and not opening projects for a 20 minute period of time. If you want to save them off line, you can, but it creates a massive file that can be tricky to transfer.

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  36. I love the abstract-ness of space. Some of my students hate the linar organization of PowerPoint. This gives the students more options to present information. Also, Prezis can be accessed without the use of a flash drive.

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  37. I have been trying to get my students to do more "teaching the class" type of lessons by incorporating the netbooks and computer lab to have them create PowerPoints and Flipcharts on some topics. I learned of Prezi for the first time in October at the ICE conference and felt like I had been living under a digital rock. Anyways, I tried my hand at creating my first Prezi to present some things I had gathered from the conference with my staff at a faculty meeting. I think Prezi could substitute for ActiveInspire or PowerPoint and get the students more engaged. I think it would be difficult to teach some of my 3rd graders to use at first, but they would love learning and probably love using it the rest of the year. I think this would not only be a great tool for students to make presentations more enjoyable, but it could also help with showing mastery of how they see connections between things. With my younger students, I don't see it fizzing out for a long time, but could see it happening with older students. I love that it now has an iPad app!
    Here is my first attempt at a Prezi:
    http://prezi.com/7jshqyqcgqeq/ice-2011/

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  38. Also, I really do agree with Dr. Blue that a homemade Prezi could very easily be made to "jump" around quite a bit, and make an audience dizzy. That is something I would want to work on improving as I make more.

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  39. I have loved seeing the examples. I have always been a Powerpoint used but I definitely going to give this a try for my next presentation.

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