21 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2013 7:18 PM by glen_w

    PREZI- a discovery presentation system (Taming and Training the Technophobe)


      How do you DISCOVER within PREZI?

      In previous months we showed how to progress from the simple to the more complex in PowerPoint and then how to move from PowerPoint in presenting information to using Voicethread. This month we again will use PowerPoint as our starting location, and show how to progress from easy to more complex presentations using PREZI.

      PREZI has wonderful tutorials and plenty of shared presentations you can build on. The concept is to be interactive, discover information and to flow in a presentation mode or in a discovery mode. You don’t have to start there, which is the idea behind this Forum discussion.

      If you haven’t used PREZI yet, sign up for free and take a look at a few presentations found in the Gallery. Now what? You have all of your lessons in PowerPoint!

      Step one: Getting started-If you have a presentation in PowerPoint, save it as pictures (jpeg or png). Once they are saved, you can insert them into PREZI. PREZI presents as a big canvas screen, so place your slides in order, maybe a circle, or rows, or even within brackets if they fall into several categories. You can add additional text, hyperlinks or videos!

      Step two: Review Material- continuing from Step One, insert more PowerPoint slides from additional topics all on the same PREZI. Separate the topics by placing them within different brackets or circles. Use text that is large enough to label each “chapter” section. Great way to store all of your review sheets in one location. The students can see all of the chapter headings and then zoom into the area they want to study.

      Step three: Discovery! Now you see that pictures and text are easy to place, and that when you click on a slide, you move to that location. With the movement in Step Two, you may have noticed some changes in magnification. Now comes the play time! Determine when in your presentation you want viewers to discover a new perspective on the subject. Science: habitats-Start with the word HABITAT and when you click to start, zoom in to a letter and see a picture of a forest. Continue clicking to zoom deeper into the forest to examine different species. If you prefer, start with one species and keep zooming out until you get to the word HABITAT.

      History: Gettysburg Address-Start with a picture of Lincoln and zoom into his eye where you will see a video of an actor giving the speech. Life of Lincoln-Start with different aspects of his life. The motion will be circular, because when finished, you will zoom out a little to see it is an eye. The next click would zoom further out to see Lincoln. Hope this gives you some idea of the Discovery aspect of PREZI.

      Step four: Start from scratch – Explore the many features PREZI has. You can insert images, videos, hyperlinks!


      Step five: Collaboration- PREZI has a great feature that permits several participants working on one canvas at a time. Each participant has their own character with their name, so you can see who is working on what! If they are “off screen”, their avatar will have an arrow pointing in the direction you need to go to see where they are located. Although there is no official chat box, participants can type text on the canvas when they are “next” to someone and then erase it when the conversation ends.

      Five easy steps! My favorite is the DISCOVERY step.

      For this month’s questions/suggestions: How do you use PREZI to “discover” information using the Zoom in and Zoom out feature? Let’s create a list of specific topics and how it can be done, like in Step three!

      What other way do you use to get people comfortable with using PREZI? What are your favorite features of PREZI? How do you use it to present information? How do your students use it? If you could add a feature, what would it be?

      Other Discussions labeled Taming and Training the Technophobe dealing with going from the simple to complex can be found by searching for technophobe.