Most of us know the importance presentations have in today’s classrooms. Most teachers now present slides every class and even students are sometimes asked to used them for their own presentations. Those slides have taken so much place they started to get boring. It is tru that repetitive slides containing too much information in quick, disjointed succession are not optimal for students’ implication and understanding. But now, with Prezi, presentations are made way more interesting and understandable.
Take a look at this video from the official website to see how they present their product.
What is Prezi ?
Prezi is in its most simple form an interactive, web-based presentation platform, that can be used to creat more engagement among those watching it (students). What differentiate Prezi from other similar tools is that it allows you to zoom in and out from your different canvas. This is a great way to illustrate big concepts, as well as focus on specific details. Once you are ready to start your project on Prezi, you can either, chose a template from the latest or the most popular, search for a different one, or create your own. Choosing a template will display your Prezi canvas. The way prezi works is that it zooms into specific areas on the canvas by following a path that you need to edit. Then, you can add content or modify your prezi at any moment. Of course, this tool is cloud-based, meaning your projects are available from any device connected to Internet. However, the free service may prevent you from sharing privatly your projects.
Prezi is already popular among teachers around the world. It helps them cultivating an atmosphere of engagement and curiosity in the classroom. Also, many projects in different educational subjects have already been made. The most interesting of them, as well as other articles, are shared on the Prezi Education Blog. According to the MELS Reference Framework for Professional Competencies, teachers will show their ability to integrate information and communication technologies during their activities when using prezi in their classroom.
Students will show more interest in their teachers’ presentations if they are done with Prezi. First time they see a presentation done with this tool, they will probally be impressed by how creative it is and enjoy something finally different from powerpoint. Also, Prezi is pretty simple and could easily be used by childrens of all ages (13 or older)
EDIT (2015-04-15) :
Personal and other teachers’ reflexions
Amanda Finkelberg, a college educator and online course designer, described the online presentation maker Prezi in her review. First, she describes how the unique features and stylish presentations of Prezi made it an engaging tool for the classroom. Then, the reviewer described different features of the tool that made it a good choice for classroom and presentations. For example, users can upgrade to an »Enjoy Edu » account, in order to have access to logo-free, private presentations, and enhanced support and storage. Moreover, users can login through Facebook and use the same profile on both sites. Those kinds of online interactions made group work easy and kept students goal focused. However, Finkelberg concludes that Prezi was a well-designed tool, but it »doesn’t hold any intrinsic educational value; it’s the content that students create that will ultimately determine the quality of the presentation »
In his review, the instructional technology resource teacher, Mike R. explained how he used Prezi and gave his reflexions about it. He recommended this tool and used it himself for his presentations, which were all looking different due to the wide diversity of models available online. Students enjoyed it, in a class where Prezi was introduced to students, 75% of them chose this tool for their presentations. Online collaboration to build their presentation enabled students to work on their project from their home and the ease of use of this website made students more creative. Also, the reviewer tought that students and teachers could take advantage of the zooms and movements during presentations. For example, they could hide information throughout the page to keep the content clear. However, when students used too many rotations, some felt a little seasick.
In their research paper, Amaal Al Masri, Atika M. Ismael and Fatima Z. Qudah, measured the effectiveness of using Prezi for teaching English language sounds and its effect on the students’ performance. To do so they designed a pre-test and a post-test that the attributed in order at the beginning and the end of their experimentation. For 8 weeks, on group was taught using Prezi and another was taught using traditional instruction of exercises and drills. At the end, the group who learned using Prezi (Experimental) improved significantly more than the traditionally taught group (Control).
The table A. represent results from the two groups on the pre-test and table B. represents their results on the post-test