Prezi: A Valuable Classroom Tool
Read Ethan Watrall’s blog on Challenging the Presentation Paradigm: Prezi
What Is Prezi?
Prezi is a free and user-friendly presentation tool used to both share and organize ideas. Prezi is like PowerPoint except that it doesn’t use traditional slides. It’s defined as a continuous canvas in which you can add text, video, images, audio, and more. There is a wheel which gives students the options of adding colors, fonts, words, and animations in their Prezi to zoom in on a specific element of the presentation.
Why Use Prezi?
Prezi is an exciting visual option to engage students as opposed to pouring over a lifeless textbook. It’s a dynamic way to share a story and is engaging and easy to understand. It’s multimodal and caters to visual, auditory, linguistic, and even kinesthetic learners. It’s an excellent option for organizers as well. It can even be used as a tool for authentic learning because students from across the world can work on Prezi’s collaboratively. Prezi’s can also be conveniently shared and created on mobile devices. Students and teachers can use Prezi to display diagrams and concept charts, and even timeliness. There are a multitude of options and opportunities to learn and present information with Prezi. The interface allows students to explore their creativity in a non-linear way.
This video demonstrates students working on their Prezi’s in class and gives some examples of how they can utilize them to display information on various topics.
What Are Some Ways To Use Prezi In The Classroom?
- Use as a Mind Map (a diagram used to represent words, tasks, ideas linked to a central idea or word)
- Use for vocabulary lessons in which you include the word, an image, and definition
- Use for graphic organizers
- Use for global collaboration (with other students across the globe)
- Use to make adverts
- Use to upload documents for class discussion (the zoom feature makes focusing on one portion of text easy)
Click to read this article on some ways to use Prezi in early education classrooms