Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Prezi Reinvents Presentations

This morning I received an email from the good folks at Prezi informing me of their new resume templates.  My first thought was, “How novel!”  But now that I can give it a second thought, how cool would it be to get a resume like that from a potential employee!  As an administrator, receiving a resume via Prezi tells me the candidate is a little bold, does not hold tight to conventional thinking, definitely knows something about classroom technology, and can capture one’s imagination.  Isn’t that, in part, what we want in a teacher?

Prezi is one of the fail-safe “slideshow” applications students should use when they need to convey information.  The functionality has been updated, making Prezi so much easier to manipulate.  Students can easily set up the path to create the zoom feature.  There are newly added templates, including some with 3D-like graphics.  And Prezi is so versatile; it can be as simple or as complex as a student wants to make it. 

Consider having students use it to provide details, compare information, deliver analysis, and support theories. Currently my students are using Prezi as a creative supplemental piece for their vocabulary units.  It can use it in math to illustrate problem solving and solutions to real-life problems.

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