Have You Used Prezi?

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I had heard of Prezi. I thought about Prezi. I used Powerpoint anyway.

I am preparing a presentation for July and had it practically done in Powerpoint. I was happy with the muted colors and pretty watermark flower that adorned each slide. The slides were full of words and photos…a lot of words though. I kept thinking about it. Wondering, was it boring?

Well, yes, it was a bit boring. I showed it to my husband. He said, “It looks nice.” However, it wasn’t anything spectacular. Nothing groundbreaking or amazing was going on and I wondered, how can I spice this up?

I thought about Prezi again and wondered. Do I dare?

Well, I dared. I started moving my presentation over to Prezi and found that it really helped me revise different sections in a more effective way. Less words, more wow!

I am still new to the whole Prezi world but this is what I have learned:

  • It’s cool. Really, I don’t even know how to explain it. The information you want to share just looks cooler on Prezi.
  • There are nice templates that make it easy to get started.
  • There is a free package! FREE!
  • It helps you organize your thoughts a bit better and scale down what you want to say.
  • It allows you to upload videos from YouTube, your own videos and photos are easy to upload.
  • You can make your own template and use all the shapes, lines and different variations of what they offer however you want.
  • It looks cool…wait, did I say that already?
  • You can actually insert Powerpoint presentations into Prezi!
  • There are diagrams that can be inserted.
  • It’s easy to choose the path of your Prezi. There are a few clicks and away you go.
  • You can share your Prezi. This is the neatest option. After you give a presentation using Prezi you can share the link and anyone can access your presentation!
  • This is a link to Prezi 101 and was very helpful to me when I started my project.
  • Now get going! Just think of the possibilities.

What I love about this idea is that there are endless ways I could use this in the classroom. My first thought was all the steps in planning and workshop structure could be put into a presentation for my students. What a great visual tool to keep them on task and aware of what step we are taking as a group when we are all in the same place at the beginning of the year. Think of all the content areas this could be used with! Social studies lessons, instantly even more exciting. Science experiments, instantly even more visible!

The other best part (there are so many best parts) you can explore other Prezi’s made by other people!

Here is a link to several Prezi presentations on reading and writing! Check them out. If I could pick a favorite I would, but there are so many and so many levels of awesome you just have to check them out. Play with what’s there and then get creating!

I’d love to follow up on this post! If you create a Prezi that you think the Two Writing Teachers audience would appreciate send me the link at bets577[at]gmail[dot]com

I would love to see what you create! Later this summer I will compile the links and hopefully by then I will have a few more of my own to share too!

 

Side note: The presentation I am preparing is on Writing Workshop for grades K-5 at nErDcamp MI. Have you heard of it? It is an ED Camp nerdy style put on by the one and only Colby Sharp from The Nerdy Book Club. It will be even more amazing than last year, it is in its second year this July. Donlayn Miller will offer a Keynote on day one and there will be session set up on July 7th. The following day will follow the traditional Ed Camp style of conference and the whole thing is FREE! Here is a link to the flyer and video explaining what it is all about. If you think you can make it to Parma, Michigan on July 7-8 I’d love to see/meet you and you won’t be disappointed. It will be all kinds of amazing!