Prezi: Presentations “in the Round”

Prezi horizontalIf you are like most successful faculty, you are always looking for new tools to help create content and engage students. One of those tools is Prezi a free, web-based presentation software which allows you to create and share your presentations as well as store your work in the cloud for access anywhere.

In as little as five minutes you could be creating presentations that can help to transform your lecture into a conversation. Using a nonlinear approach to construct a story can help the audience remember the important ideas.

Unlike the two-dimensional, side-scrolling  nature of PowerPoint, Prezi lets your information flow in a three-dimensional space. You can zoom, twist and turn your presentation any way you want in order to get your point across. While Prezi does offer an extremely eye-catching way to deliver your presentations, it also enhances lectures and gives instructors and students a new way to think about how information can be presented.

Do you want to show the “big picture”? Prezi can display broad concepts in a single image, and then when it’s time to get down to the details, you can “zoom” in to any aspect of your image to go as deep as you want into a given subject. There’s really no limit to how granular you can go with your presentation.

Here are just a few ways Prezi can be used in the classroom:

Already have an existing PowerPoint presentation? Use Prezi’s import feature and bring it into Prezi where you can utilize all of its powerful tools to bring it to life.

Anyone can sign up for a free Prezi account which will give you access to all of the tools you need to create slick presentations. There are upgrade options for a nominal annual fee, however, instructors with a valid educational e-mail address can upgrade to the “Enjoy Edu” tier free, which offers larger cloud storage space as well as some additional features. To get started check out the tutorials and then sign up for a free account.

If you take the plunge into Prezi, feel free to drop us a note and share your experience with us. We’d love to know what effect Prezi has had on your classroom.

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