The Power and Point of using Prezi in the classroom

Posted by Paul Hill on May 4, 2010 in e-learning, elearning, Prezi |

For my first post I am going to write very little…and let Prezi do the talking…

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49 Comments

  • Natalie says:

    Good insight and some top tips on using Prezi effectively.

  • Meindert says:

    Good presentation, insightful! Thanks

  • Oh, oops – just tweeted you to turn on the comments function, the little post-it note wasn’t immediately clear :-)

    But just wanted to say, this is a really brilliant use of Prezi for teaching or in general, thank you so much for the tips!

    Karenne

  • Karen says:

    Love this! In my viewing, the “how to insert video” block got skipped. Would love to have seen it.

  • Elspeth says:

    I really enjoyed this, and didn’t even get sick! I must have a play with Prezi.
    Thanks!

  • Great explanation of using Prezi. I keep looking at Prezi, but it has a learning curve for sure. Guess I need to just hanker down and figure it out. I have linked your post off my blog so that it will be shared with my preservice teachers at kansas State University. http://www.technologybitsbytesnibbles.info

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  • ElizabethA says:

    This Prezi is awesome :-)
    and very inspiraitonal – by saving it I discovered that Prezi have got their tutorial up to scratch too.

  • ALiCe__M says:

    This is excellent, thank you for sharing your ideas. I love the coccinelle !

  • Excellent ideas and words of warning about Prezi – embedding the flat slides in the presentation really hits it home how different and more engaging this tool is – my next presentation will definitely be a Prezi one!

  • Paul Hill says:

    Thanks to everyone for their comments!

  • Paul Hill says:

    Thanks for the comment. I’ve spent some time looking into the fact that you can’t view the ‘how to insert video’ section. It appears that the ability to click elsewhere on the Prezi and move away from the pathway does not work with Prezis that are embedded on another web page (like this one). To do this you need to view the Prezi on the main Prezi web site. You can view this Prezi here: http://prezi.com/rfsnedhqmhqa/
    Paul

  • Susan Sedro says:

    Thank you for this. I’ve watched a number of Prezis in the past few month, but I haven’t dug in and tried it myself yet. Seems to me you must need to know all your content before you start. That sounds obvious, but often I’ll have presentations in the works as we gather the data needed. That won’t work well, but of course the presentation is probably better in the long run if I wait to start until I know everything.

  • Paul Hill says:

    An interesting question about how the Prezi interface impacts the way we develop and structure our ideas. PowerPoint encourages us to categorise (putting common elements on one slide) and sequence, whereas Prezi encourages a more open approach (like brain storming). I’m currently building a Prezi on Social Media as a tool to support CPD for teachers and am definately experiencing this tension. Perhaps these thoughts will become a future post…your thoughts please?

  • Super presentation and ideas. Prezi is so different that many of us died in the wool ppt people have avoided it – but why? Prezi with it’s blank space gives you and students far more thinking space and a greater challenge than ppt. Have a few gripes eg the video issues and not able to embed mp3 sound files but nothings perfect. Proof of the pudding is always with student use and trying it with year7 students has been highly illuminating. In fact heard from @4goggas who has used hers with yr8 history students. If anyone is interested I have made some helpsheets which are freely able to download from scribd – just type in prezi helpsheets. Cheers Paul

  • evan says:

    One way round the sound files problem – http://prezi.com/learn/insert-sound/

  • I loved the “Big Picture” pull back. Very effective!
    My own experience is that it took me about 2 prezi’s before I “got it”, and felt comfortable with the wheels and how to create. What struck me was that it took 7th graders about 2 minutes when they started using it! Not only that, but they started adding and doing things that I had never thought of, and I learned a ton from them!

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  • Kevin J says:

    I think like any new tool, Prezi can and will be overused because it is the new thing and it isn’t PowerPoint. A lesson that lacks engaging elements won’t suddenly become engaging just because it swoops around between “slides”. Students will find that that gets old as fast as just about any other new thing out there.

    As you addressed in this presentation, I think the great power of Prezi over something like PowerPoint is the ability to show relationship between different elements. Zooming in on something just to be zoomy will get old. Zooming in on something to show how it is a smaller part of a bigger thing and how it fits into that bigger thing is very effective.

  • Ed Webb says:

    Nicely done. I’ve been using Prezi for college-level teaching for a little over a year now, and am always happy to see students taking to it for their own presentations. There is a prezi users group on LinkedIn here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=2207239&trk=anet_ug_grppro – quite a few of the members are educators, and I’m sure you’d be very welcome.

  • Tracie Weisz says:

    Have had my 7th graders using Prezi recently. They LOVE it! So versatile – can express individual ideas and perceptions in so many ways!

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  • Mike Hobbins says:

    I have been ‘tinkering with Prezi presesntations for the past nine months without “lift off”. You have definitely inspired me to return to the launch pad again. Thanks.
    Mike

  • Wedoendurse says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
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  • MissCheska says:

    I love Prezi! Since I experimented with it and used it for my research seminar presentation two months ago, I can’t bring myself to go back to PowerPoint. @Karen, Prezi does have a small learning curve, but Prezi’s learning center have great short video tutorials that cover many of the tool’s features. The rest is practice! Great job – I love the point that the mobility and zooming features help students focus on specific ideas and concepts. Zooming in on different diagram area was a new idea. Thanks!

  • Derek Bruff says:

    Paul, I believe that when you generate the embed code for your Prezi, you can choose to have it allow people to leave the path you’ve set up. There’s a toggle button on the Prezi site with these options: Simple navigation (lock to path) / Free navigation.

    As for Susan’s point about having your content all lined up before working on a Prezi, I find just the opposite to be true. I’ve found Prezi to be great for brainstorming and collecting ideas, because I can just throw stuff on the canvas and organize it spatially as I start to organize the material in my head. I find that Prezi works far better than PowerPoint for this kind of brainstorming / content organization work.

    This was a fantastic Prezi, by the way. The content was great, in that your advice about using Prezi’s zooming ability in meaningful ways was on target, and your modeling of that advice was great, too! I particularly liked the examples of using Prezi with a concept diagram, an image, and a timeline.

  • Bruce says:

    Paul, I believe that when you generate the embed code for your Prezi, you can choose to have it allow people to leave the path you’ve set up. There’s a toggle button on the Prezi site with these options: Simple navigation (lock to path) / Free navigation.

    As for Susan’s point about having your content all lined up before working on a Prezi, I find just the opposite to be true. I’ve found Prezi to be great for brainstorming and collecting ideas, because I can just throw stuff on the canvas and organize it spatially as I start to organize the material in my head. I find that Prezi works far better than PowerPoint for this kind of brainstorming / content organization work.

    This was a fantastic Prezi, by the way. The content was great, in that your advice about using Prezi’s zooming ability in meaningful ways was on target, and your modeling of that advice was great, too! I particularly liked the examples of using Prezi with a concept diagram, an image, and a timeline.

  • Paul Hill says:

    Bruce and Derek, thank you both for the tips on unlocking the navigation path – seems to have done the trick!

  • Steve says:

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

    Thumbs up, and keep it going!

    Cheers
    Christian, iwspo.net

  • Amy says:

    I love Prezi! Since I experimented with it and used it for my research seminar presentation two months ago, I can’t bring myself to go back to PowerPoint. @Karen, Prezi does have a small learning curve, but Prezi’s learning center have great short video tutorials that cover many of the tool’s features. The rest is practice! Great job – I love the point that the mobility and zooming features help students focus on specific ideas and concepts. Zooming in on different diagram area was a new idea. Thanks!

  • Once i found Prezi, i’ve never used PPT. Prezi has many features very very useful. Something i am doing with my presentations is to use a BIG photo and start writing on it.
    Two more words: Prezi ROCKS!

  • Rusha Sams says:

    Thanks so much for sharing not only this information but in a Prezi format! I can now visualize what so many have been telling me — Prezi is different and better, but it’s up to the creator to make it work best!

  • Great post – I love Prezi for its A – not being another boring PowerPoint and B – it’s simple interface. Had some kids on it today (difficult given the school restrictions) and they picked it up in a heartbeat – this is a tool that has a lot of usefulness for non ICT specialists.

  • Osvaldo says:

    Really great presentation. It stresses the most powerful advantages of Prezi over the old presentation stuff. I’d really like to translate a copy for my Spanish speaking colleagues. It´s that OK with you? Many thanks

  • Les says:

    I would have loved to see this prezi on my iPad while sitting in a boring lecture, but no flash means no show. Who will blink first? Apple, prezi, or consumers who will look elsewhere…?

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  • Brian Earley says:

    Paul, I wish every teacher could see your presentation on Wiki. I’m a college student at BYU and my professor, Gideon Burton, uses Prezi about once a week. The interface is so much better than the monotone PowerPoint presentations that I’ve seen everyday since Freshman Orientation.
    I would love to use your Prezi on a website that my friends and I have named Backpack2.0. We’re showcasing different Web2.0 tools, i.e. Prezi, to help proliferate the helpful tools that are typically free.
    Thank you for making your Prezi’s public. It was awesome.

  • Maria says:

    This is really wonderful…I’m thinking of trying to combine the different features of Prezis to organise cognitive, collaborative activities that enhance visual thinking.

    Thanks for your prezi!

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