Prezi is a free web-based presentation program. Unlike PowerPoint, Prezi uses a large canvas that can be manipulated and used in many different ways. This allows movement and the seamless incorporation of images, text, audio, video, pdf, etc. To see how Prezi works check out the presentation we used at the workshop.
As you can see, there is a lot of potential for using Prezi in our classrooms and in our professional lives. Of course, delivering information at a conference or in class can become more dynamic with added visual materials. There is also the possibility of students creating visual arguments (there’s even a collaboration feature).
Prezi is very simple to use. The best way to learn is to simply jump in a start playing. Because Prezi works very differently than PowerPoint, it’s going to take a little time to get yourself oriented. Just be patient, play around, and make mistakes. To get a basic overview (with some advanced help thrown in), you can download the handout that we used at the workshop. Prezi has a manual and tutorial videos that are also very helpful.
To get started, go to www.prezi.com and create an account by clicking on the link underneath the log-in field. The free account allows for 100MB of space.
Please email Brent Simoneaux (email@example.com) if you have any questions or if you’d like more information. Also, feel free to comment and let us know how you’re integrating Prezi into your professional presentations and classrooms.