Using Prezi in the Classroom

Introduction: Using Prezi in the Classroom

About: I am a former English teacher turned Interactive Media Instructor. I like to make, fix, and take apart. Few things are more fun than taking something apart to turn it into something else, or just taking it a...

There are many websites out there that you can use in the classroom. Some sound good at first glance, but upon trying them out you find they do not meet your expectations. Every once in while you find a site that works well. Prezi is such a site. It is free to use, does not have a steep learning curve, and scales for different levels. 

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Step 1: Determine the Objective

Decide what you want students to do with Prezi. Do you want them to create a presentation on Huckleberry Finn, or an analysis of the narrative process. 

Look at the standards for your district. The district I teach in is changing over to the common core standards. This might be a good place for you to start if you are not using standards. 

Step 2: Introducing Students to Prezi

You will want to show students a few examples of what Prezi can do. I have used this Prezi on narrative elements as a basic example. You can search the site for examples that match what you want your students to do or show them an example you made. There are also videos available on YouTube. Another method is to make a Prezi in class with the students. I would recommend all these methods. This would give students a good foundation in how to make a Prezi.

If you are unfamiliar with Prezi watch the below video.

Step 3: Advanced Projects

After students have made a few simple Prezis, you can assign them more complex projects. Here are a few I have made; the English language arts table of elements and the English language arts circle of elements.

You could have students...
...create a story board for a book they read.
...organize information they have just learned.
...show the connections between various stories. 
...create a presentation.

Any images from Prezi belong to Prezi. I do not own them. I am using them for instructive purposes. Any images from the Common Core standards belong to the Common Core standards. I am only using them for instructive purposes.

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    8 Discussions

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    rimar2000
    rimar2000

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I give you an idea, without charging anything: if you add subtitles to the video, we non Anglo speakers could understand what is your product and what is it for.

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    ehudwill
    ehudwill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the idea, but I don't know how to add subtitles to a video. I tried out the closed captioning feature on YouTube, but that seemed to make it more confusing. Anyone know how to fix this for our non Anglo speaking friends?

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    rimar2000
    rimar2000

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Sadly, I never did it in YouTube ("I sell advice, but for me I have not" or "do as I say not as I do").

    I use Windows Movie Maker to do it.

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    8 years ago on Introduction

    What makes it more than just another PowerPoint?

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    ehudwill
    ehudwill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It reminds me of kinetic typography in the way it moves.

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    ehudwill
    ehudwill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    It doesn't use slides. I will post a video of it in action.