Looking for a new, engaging way to introduce content to your students? Consider using Prezi (Prezi.com). Last week during our distance education training sessions, we used a Prezi presentation to introduce the main ideas for one of the sessions. Many of the faculty didn’t know about Prezi, so I thought that I would create a blog post to help spread the word about this powerful presentation software.
First, Prezi is an web-based presentation software that allows you to use add images, text, YouTube videos, PDFs, etc to the Prezi canvas. It helps you visualize your ideas, and helps focus attention with the zoom and span capabilities. See below for an example.
There are a lot of great benefits with Prezi. Like I mentioned, you can import videos, Google images, and YouTube videos into your Prezi – which can help make it highly visual for your audience. You can also choose a variety of templates, including different fonts and colors. If you’re worried that you may not have internet access when you present your Prezi, you can download the presentation so that you can show the presentation offline. And, another powerful advantage is that you can explore (search) other Prezis, just be sure to follow copyright guidelines. Lastly, you can also collaborate with others on your Prezi in real time. For more information, check out Prezi.com.
Let us know if you’re using Prezi and how you like it!