Prezi is a free, flash-based online presentation maker without slides. It is visualization of the entire presentation and being able to zoom in to any area in any sequence as needed. It is storytelling. It is a tool that allows "self-expression to take shape." Prezi has an easy-to-use editor. You are able to download the final results, and present without Internet access. You can create groups, so you can share and collaborate with others. Prezi allows you to zoom in, slide over, import images, play videos, display pdfs, and animate with Flash files. You can embed Prezis into blogs and websites.
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Brittany Davis (Student)
I love the idea of this product! I can see the application both in the classroom and in department functions. The format is streamless, innovative and exciting.
Jane Moore (Faculty)
Prezi is a great tool to use as an alternative to PowerPoint. It's important when showing a Prezi presentation that the user moves slowly around---audiences can get dizzy if you're not careful!
Julianne Messia (Staff)
I have used Prezi as an alternative to PowerPoint for presentations. I have noticed that audiences seem to be more engaged when I use it versus a slideshow. Creating a show with Prezi has a little bit of a learning curve for a few different reasons: you are forced to think a little differently about how you want your audience to experience the information - it's not as linear as PowerPoint - and it might take some practice to figure out the spacing and speed of the animation so that your audience doesn't get seasick. This could be a great collaborative tool for small groups to use to create concept maps or draw connections between material.
There is a feature that allows you to import PowerPoint slides into Prezi but I haven't tried it, and I prefer to create something new anyway. There are also some limitations as far as not being able to print it out well and only a few standard color/font schemes - which are customizable but still somewhat limited. The Prezi community allows you to browse other Prezis that have been created for inspiration and use.
If using in a presentation, Prezi will not advance with the use of a wireless clicker (like PowerPoint slides can); you will still need to be at the podium to advance the show unless you set it up for autoplay. App for iPad that allows you to edit.