In my technology class for teachers I have been introduced to prezi.com!
 I really enjoyed working with this website to create a new way of presenting besides power points. This is still easy and fun for students to work with and the videos can be easily uploaded to youtube to share or also shared with email. The students no longer have the excuse of accidentally leaving the USB at home with the power point on it. The presentations are on the website and can be accessed from any computer!
I was curious to know if any teachers have used this?
If your students found this easy or difficult to use?
If your students enjoyed working with this website instead of power points since its different?

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I just recently used Prezi with the MS Paint projects my students completed. You can view their work here: Mr. Lane's Computer Applications/Web 2.0 Blog. I found it to be a great way to share their work. However, I did struggle with adding the audio file as I could not get it to play throughout the remaining portion of the show - not a big issue, but one that I would love to know how to work around for future use.

Regarding actually teaching my students to use Prezi - I won't be able to do that as the minimum age requirement for use is 13 and as I teach middle school (11-14 yo's in the same class) this presents an obstacle that I cannot bypass.

All this being said, I will defintitely use it again to display their work.
Prezi is an excellent tool! It really makes presentations stand out!
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What if you gave it as an option for those who were 13? I had to do this with mine as I still have some 12-year-olds in my 7th grade class.
I have used Prezi with my 7th graders (those who were 13). Some really struggled with the idea since it's an outside-the- box way of thinking. It's not the traditional PowerPoint (which is why we as teachers love it!). Once they got going, it seemed a little easier. But, I think as with every presentation tool, it will take more than one attempt to get it they way you want it. I could definitely tell the students who had experimented with it before from those who hadn't. But overall, there was a nice turn out.
I am preparing a lesson plan for 8th graders involving classroom use Prezi. The class will read their textbook, look over information on the classroom wiki and then have a classroom discussion about the topic. I have a Prezi ready with pertinent questions - and will add answers and thoughts as the discussion takes place. Unllike an overhead, the Prezi will then be posted on the classroom wiki for all of the students to review for future assignments. When teachers use the overhead, the students have to take notes or the information is lost. With the Prezi, the students can all participate in the discussion and the information will be on the Prezi for all. What do you think?
I think this is a great idea. I also love that it will include the information they provided, not just the information you are providing for them.

Even though note-taking is a valuable skill, in a situation like this, I think it would be beneficial for them to be paying attention to the discussion and then have a reference piece for later.

If you are adding as the discussion takes place, will they be able to see that happening during the discussion? I'm just wondering if that will slow down the discussion. You could always have an exit slip before they leave as well where they can write down a couple thoughts from the day so you can make them feel more involved, or include their 'final thoughts' as a section of the Prezi.
I am in college and I also learned this new tool as an alternative to the over used powerpoint. I found it very interesting and that did allow for a more involved presentation. Though honestly I found it harder to use than powerpoint and that you could not add as many things like animations. If you are a pro at Prezi, it is true that you can have a lot of fun with it and make awesome presentations, though most people will not be pros, this is why I do not think Prezi will ever become the main presenter.
I used the prezi in my 8th grade class and the students loved it! It was something new and different for them to see. When I was done with the presentation, we had a few minutes of class left over, so I went in to the presentatin and showed them how I made it. I also showed them a few other prezis and they thought it was like being on a roller coaster ride. All in all, it's not another power point.
I think the "thrill of something new" is a big factor - especially with children. The convenience of always having access to the presentations is a great relief as well. It is another version of a power point, but nothing like it at the same time.

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