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A C YBER W ISE C OMPANION G UIDE
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A C YBER W ISE C OMPANION G UIDE
How To Use This Guide
This guide accompanies the CyberWise Guide to Prezi video (which hopefully you just watched). If you are reading this guide online then simply click the links within to access the material they reference. You can also print this guide in order to have a hard copy on hand. Either way, we hope you ﬁnd the information within useful. Enjoy!
What is Prezi?
If you’ve watched the CyberWise Guide to Prezi video, then you already know that Prezi is an intuitive, non-linear presentation tool/graphic organizer. Prezi helps educators and others expand beyond text-based, linear presentation methods to engage viewers who learn best in other ways. Prezi is also free and easy to use. If you aren’t convinced, then take a minute to watch the excellent introductory videos offered by Prezi…
Getting Started with Prezi
1. Getting started with Prezi is easy. Just go to to http://prezi.com/ 2. Click on “Sign Up Now” and you will arrive at this page:
3. If you are an educator, student, or are opening an account for a student, then scroll down and click on “Student/Teacher Licenses”. Prezi provides free upgraded licenses to students and teachers with a valid .edu email address. 4. This will take you to the page below:
6. Either way, make sure you log into Prezi U and become a member of Prezi’s educational community to learn and discuss best practices using Prezi in education. Here you can browse, submit, and download educational Prezis, and more.
5. Choose between the free “Edu Enjoy” Package or upgrade to “Edu Pro” for $59/year.
Learning to Use Prezi
Once you have opened an account, it’s time to learn how to use Prezi. In addition to the excellent tutorials available on Prezi’s website (http://prezi.com/), here are some other resources we like:
Prezi for Dummies
This handy cheat sheet teaches the basics of using Prezi:
The Unofﬁcial Prezi Quick Guide
Billy Meinke a graduate student at the Department of Educational Technology at the University of Hawaii, created this free iBook to Prezi. It's an easy guide and reference that shows how to make Prezis that engage audiences.
10 Tips to Help Master Prezi
Once you’ve mastered the basics, the 10 tips in this guide are sure to help you become a better Prezi author and presenter.
Educational Uses for Prezi
Did we say this already? Prezi is great for learning. Besides being easy to learn and use, you can count on Prezi to: Create engaging presentations Enable digital storytelling Encourage concept/mind mapping Explain concepts simply Create storyboards But don’t just take our word for it. Check out these resources for ideas on how to integrate Prezi into the classroom. Here are two terriﬁc examples of student-created Prezi’s used in the classroom.
Lincoln’s Legacy (created by an 8th grade Social Studies class)
17 Interesting Ways to Use Prezi in the Classroom
Romeo and Juliet Mind Map
Prezi as a Collaborative Tool for Work and Play
Prezi also allows users to work together in real time on the same presentation. This is great for collaborative learning and/or for creating group projects. Up to 10 people can work together at one time. Find detailed information regarding this feature at the link below: Here are a couple of great examples of Prezi being used as a professional development tool:
Playing to Learn Math
Web 2.0 in the Classroom
Don’t forget to visit the Prezi Learning Center on our website to keep up to speed with Prezi. We constantly scour the web for the latest developments and “bag” them for you to read. Here’s the last word from the Maverick Professor:
CyberWise Guide to Prezi Video Transcript
So what is Prezi? It’s an intuitive presentation and storytelling tool. When we hear the words presentation tool we immediately think of PowerPoint. But before there was PowerPoint, people used overhead projectors and slides to tell their stories. Then Microsoft came along and developed slideware called PowerPoint. And even though PowerPoint wasn’t designed for education. Teachers and students use it. Despite its rigid single path structure breaks up narratives into minimal fragments or slides that make it difﬁcult to understand context. Turning everything into a bullet point. Or a simplistic graph (Tufte, 2007). Seems like this might not be the best presentation tool for school. Because the thing is… Kids don’t really think linearly. They think more like this. So instead of using software based on yesterday’s technology. Why not use a tool that matches their amazing brains? …and that can stand up to all that other media that competes for their attention every day. So here’s an alternative… Prezi is a presentation tool that ditches slides in favor of a storyboard format. Plus, it’s free and easy to use. (Yes, I said free) The theory behind Prezi is that since our ideas are not linear, but rather bundles of interconnected concepts, they are better captured as a whole with many parts. So with Prezi, you can display your ideas on a single canvas, starting with a big idea and ﬁlling in with related topics. Then you can size and organize your content on the canvas, making connections more visually explicit than they might be in a standard slideshow presentation. The Prezi canvas also allows you to display visual imagery to help tell your story. Because we live in a visually rich, multi-media culture, photos, images, illustrations and video are integral elements of a Prezi, in contrast to the often text-heavy, outline-based methodology of most presentation software.
Best of all, because Prezi tosses out slides in favor of a single canvas, creators are encouraged to think in terms of groupings and hierarchies. So your presentation becomes a visual [concept] map, allowing you to move through the content in a way that best tells your story! And because of the relational nature of the elements in the Prezi, grouped by category and assigned larger (or smaller) sizes as necessary for the logic of the content, presentations appear to audiences as more comprehensible and visually interesting. Prezi lets you see the big picture, and then zoom in to discover the details. Even the ﬁne print. Or you can take a step back to discover the big picture. Because sometimes you just really need to turn Learning upside down to see it in a new light. And to remind ourselves that learners acquire knowledge in two ways: linguistically, by reading or hearing lectures, and non-linguistically, through visual imagery like this. Fortunately, technology like Prezi is helping us to expand beyond linear, text-based learning and to engage students who learn best in other ways. So what are you waiting for? References: Prezi, http://prezi.com Tufte, E. (2007). Beautiful Evidence. “The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within”. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press LLC. Music Credits: “Merry Go” “Circus Tent” By: Kevin MacLeod, Incompetech, http://incompetech.com/ Photos:
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