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URL http://prezi.com Keywords presentations, online dissemination online collaboration, sharing documents,

Prezi
Category VI Presentations

Rationale Presentations are an essential part of lessons and an effective means of getting students involved. Prezi is a presentation application which also makes online collaboration possible by letting its users share and create content together online. Prezi offers educators:  an innovative presentation format.  an opportunity to design engaging and collaborative activities for students.  an online platform where they can collaborate with other teachers. Description Prezi is a web-based presentation application that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames. The canvas allows users to create non-linear presentations, where users can zoom in and out of a visual map. Prezi can either be used directly from an internet browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari) without the need to install anything or can be installed (it is called Prezi Desktop) so it can be used without internet access. By using Prezi from an internet browser, you can:  Share your presentations for collaborating with others.  Send your presentations and show them to non-Prezi users.  Log in from any computer, access your presentations and work on them. By using Prezi Desktop, you can:  Work on your presentations without internet access.  Insert large media files.  Upload presentations to Prezi.com. Resources required Exported prezis are supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X operating systems and no additional software is required. Obligatory resources Prezi can be used from any desktop computer or laptop which meets the following requirements:  Reliable and stable Internet connection  Installed Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher  Minimum 1GB memory  A scroll mouse / touchpad  Supported browsers are: Internet Explorer 7 or higher; Firefox 3.0 or higher; Safari 3 or higher Optional resources  Download of Prezi Desktop to use the application off-line

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Cost Partially Prezi has three pricing structures: Free, Enjoy, and Pro.   The Free version gives you up to 100 MB of storage on their site, includes the Prezi logo on your presentation, and makes your presentations public. For an annual fee, the Enjoy (approximately $59/year) and Pro (approximately $159/year) versions let you create private presentations and access additional online storage space. Pro allows you to download a desktop version of their editing software. Free and Enjoy users design online by uploading content to the Prezi server.

In addition, students and teachers can have Prezi Desktop at a special price. Upon verification of student/teacher identity, Prezi EDUEnjoy is free and Prezi EDUPro comes with a special educational discount (approximately $59/year). All versions of Prezi allow users to use the simple editor; download your presentations and show them from your computer; create groups to share and collaborate with; import images, videos, PDFs, and Flash files; and embed presentations into blogs and websites. Setup and Configuration You need to create an account first. If you are going to sign up as a student or a teacher, you need a certified educational email address. If your institute does not provide email addresses, Prezi accepts the email addresses provided by Gaggle. If you are going to use Prezi from an internet browser (Free and Enjoy versions), no setup and configuration is needed. If you want to create presentations offline (Pro version), you need to download Prezi Desktop. After the download, you open Prezi Desktop and sign in once by entering your username and password in order to activate the application.

Styling Prezi Editor Theme Wizard allows you to create themes for your presentations, change colours and more. Paying users (Pro, EduPro and Enjoy, EduEnjoy) can add their logo to their custom theme.

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Navigation and operation  You create Prezi presentations using Prezi Editor. You can create presentations using Prezi.com from an Internet Browser, or using Prezi Desktop. The best way to understand how Prezi works is to watch some example presentations. You can see very good examples on Prezi website here. Prezi provides very clear guidelines and tips about how to use the Prezi Editor to create presentations. http://prezi.com/learn

Implementation methodology Prezi is very different from other presentation applications like Powerpoint. Instead of traditional slides, Prezi gives you a blank canvas on which you can create a big picture. You can insert details in the big picture and zoom into these details in order to create a dynamic presentation. Teaching/Learning ideas:  Create engaging presentations.  Ask students to create their own prezis.  Create mind maps.  Present new vocabulary.  Design group work activities that require students to work on Prezi presentations online and share them with each other.  Build global learning collaborations (students from different countries can plan and work collaboratively on Prezi presentations).  Collaborate and share resources with other teachers online.  Design an engaging online CV.

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The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Example of implementation Type of lesson: Possibilities of disseminating an EU funded project Lesson content: Prezi presentation of the EU project aPLaNet Participating group: Teacher training Target group: Educators and interested public Duration: 90 minutes (30 min. discussion and demonstration, 40 minutes preparing the presentation, 20 min. presenting results)  Lead-in: Students are introduced to the notion of online tools suitable for presentations. Participants share their experience in using such tools (if they have none, trainer should be ready to demonstrate some of them). Prezi is then presented to everybody and its basic functions and benefits are commented. Stage 1: All participants sign up for free accounts at Prezi using valid email addresses. Then they can start working within the application. Stage 2: Participants are encouraged to explore the space to get idea of how it functions. Lesson flow: Participants are assessed a task to perform. In this case, the objective is to prepare a short introduction of the project in question, its rationale and solutions for the audience in their home country and abroad as well. After logging in, participants start creating a new Prezi placing videos, pictures, plain text, etc. according to what they think is the best to present throughout the project. Conclusion: The outcome is stored in the page and can be disseminated through the link. Follow-up: The final outcomes can be embedded in a classroom blog, shared via email, Twitter, Facebook or Youtube, as well.

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Other issues Some good examples of Prezi.  Thoughts on using Prezi as a teaching tool: http://prezi.com/rfsnedhqmhqa/thoughts-on-using-prezi-as-a-teaching-tool  Classical Greece: http://prezi.com/r0hubhczg9ui/chapter-8-section-1-classical-greece  Mixing Mind and Metaphor (Talk by James Geary, given at TED Global 2009 July): http://prezi.com/mojdt36mrozf/mixing-mind-and-metaphor  Playing to learn: http://prezi.com/rj_b-gw3u8xl/playing-to-learn Useful tips A very useful article series about Prezi: http://teach-me-tech.blogspot.com/2011/01/tech-me-prezi-part-1-what-is-it.html http://teach-me-tech.blogspot.com/2011/02/tech-me-prezi-part-2-basics.html http://teach-me-tech.blogspot.com/2011/02/tech-me-prezi-part-3-bubble-menu.html

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The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.