Presentations go wild

Are you bored of using Microsoft PowerPoint all the time? Feeling restricted to the four corners of each slide, knowing that you want to do more than just a squarish presentation?

Here’s your new toy: Prezi

Not pretzels. Prezi is a new form for presentation that allows *almost* 3D animation on the screen. You can zoom in and out with its functions to focus on points you’re presenting, as well as to spin your presentation around so to make more interesting.

The idea is to basically lay all your stuff on a large canvas, then design the animation of the presentation process. It will be pretty fun to demo with if you have a wild imagination. The only short-coming that I find on Prezi is that the color schemes and font types are limited. May be this could be something the company can improve for the future.

Try it, I have some colleagues who are already using them to do class presentations. Remember: you need to have internet access to use Prezi for presentations if you did not pay to upgrade the basic mode to an offline desktop format. My advice, always have a backup if you decide to do it in class, and practice before hand in case things didn’t turn out the way you have intended them to be.

Watch: The Official Prezi Introduction


About Jason Tham

Jason Tham is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. His research interests are digital pedagogy, connectivism and connected learning, computers and writing, and visual rhetoric.
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