Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Prezi

The Free Technology for Teachers Blog, he highlighted a new Web 2.0 "presentation" tool called Prezi. They are now offering free accounts for Educators and students. At first, I ignored it because it seemed kind of gimmicky. It's a visual presentation that gets rid of the slide concept and uses a widescreen boardspace instead. You use the size of text to indicate relevance and relationship of ideas. You can embed documents/images, draw arrows, etc. There are different styles of backgrounds and a presentation can be set to "autoplay" by indicating the path the "animaton" should follow when play is clicked. I have recently been tasked to outline the navigation structure of the World Leadership School's Web site (including revisions). I was just going to use Excel, but decided to give Prezi a try instead. Here are the results. I am not sure it's useful...but then I am a very linear thinker, so it might not seem so to me, but might seem great to some other kind of thinker. What do YOU think?

2 comments:

Theo said...

Hello Alicia, Theo here. Getting an IO error on your Prezi presentation, will try again later. I remember looking at it over the summer. At that time I, too, was unsure. After taking another quick look at the website, I think it's worth a deeper look. I'll send you some thoughts later. Thanks for mentioning it, wouldn't have ever pursued it again.

teach2connect said...

Now that I have seen Prezi in action, I think I DO like it. It fits with my all over the place/bubble thinking. Does it have a voice-over function (that is, to narrate the presentation?).

I wonder how this could be used by students to process thinking?!