In looking for new FREE apps to download into my iPad2 for use on my classroom, I stumbled upon Prezi. I use custom made powerpoints or download pre made SMART board lessons from Promethean Planet or SMART to use for classroom instruction or as a SMART board station for students to work at independently as they finish classwork or to re-emphasize important concepts. Today’s student needs more than just a talking head in front of them, they need engagement and inspiration. How does a teacher compete with the “outside” world of advertising? ANSWER: Go to the “outside” world and use what the advertisers are using.
Prezi.com makes powerpoints a thing of the past. This is an alternative to presenting information to a group of people, not just for classroom use, with a dynamic perspective. With a choice of different templates and styles, presentations can take on a new meaning by focusing on what’s important by making use of it’s unique zoom in/zoom out feature. In working with the program on my iPad I discovered that it is even easier to use on a computer. The features are beautiful, with an array of styles available and the ability to reuse templates from other users. The site, prezi.com , requires a signup and offers three levels of monthly pricing with the cheapest being FREE.
I encourage anyone that creates presentations to visit the site and explore the possibilities. The WOW effect is pretty much a guarantee with this communication tool that can be shared and simultaneously be used from across the world. Give it a try and look for the “Free Fall Template” found under “All Public Prezis”.