Various tech writers in the blogosphere are very enthusiastic about a new online presentation-maker called Prezi. For example, GoToWeb20, an excellent blog that’s been on my RSS Reader for quite awhile (and which I’d recommend highly), described it this way:
[Prezi] allows people to create and perform stunning non-linear presentations with relations, zooming into details, and adjusting to the time left without the need to skip slides.
I’m sure that’s an accurate description of the service, but when I tried it out after I received an invitation, I was just as confused by how to use the application as I was by GoToWeb20’s description.
I attribute that completely, though, to my being a pretty non-tech-savvy person. It’s cool-looking, fun to play with and, for people like me and for English Language Learners, far too confusing to use.
I had originally, and tentatively (before I tried it out), placed Prezi on The Best “Unusual” Ways To Create Online Presentations. It certainly will help you create an unusual presentation, but it’s just not suitable for ELL’s.
Do you know how to get registered for this site? They have you submit a “request” but I haven’t heard anything back. I don’t teach ELL, but I teach 4th graders struggling with reading/vocabulary skills. I think it would be great for them. Hopefully they’ll approve me soon. Great blog, by the way. Thanks.
Giving Prezi a shot this year with the 6th graders. Here’s some student work published today. The objective was for the kids to learn how to navigate the Prezi tools before our Lewis & Clark project. The kids love it, and I’m confident it’ll work out.
The New York Times discovered Prezi.
6th grade Lewis & Clark projects. Put the sound on.