A dynamic, presentation creator that uses a canvas instead of a series of slides. The different elements on the canvas--text, embedded videos, images, etc.--can be
rotated, made larger or smaller, and can be easily reordered. The movement associated with the tool makes it appealing to today's media-saturated population. The skills needed to create Prezis are quickly mastered, so students with little or no technology background can have success using this presentation creator. The online program comes with pre-designed themes that promote ease of reading and reduce the time students sometimes take trying to customize the look of other presentations, like Power Point.

A student-produced Prezi on jazz bassists... obviously a high-interest topic. The student has embedded photos, video, established a timeline, and indicated connections between artists. Is it an A-level piece? Perhaps not, but what would you get from this student on a poster project? The tool encourages students to raise their level of engagement, precisely because it lets them take advantage of video artifacts, photos, and then we can encourage them to integrate more writing into the presentation as appropriate.

This is a Prezi I designed for use in my journalism class to have them discover the elements of journalism collectively known as CRAP. By the time we are done, the students have a grasp on a journalistic concept, and the Prezi is posted on my course page so they can always return to it. I used high-interest images in order to garner as much attention to the concepts as possible.

Here's how Calculus teacher Angela Vierling-Claassen used Prezi to introduce her students to her class. Note that the zooming elements serve to indicate subordinate ideas. The zooming isn't just for show or to make it just look "pretty."

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