Prezi brings even the dullest subject matter to life. It emphasises the connections between ideas and you certainly won’t experience death by powerpoint. Using Prezi can be a good way to ensure listeners remember your message!
It isn’t just for presentations but can be a very effective way of delivering information to be accessed without a speaker. For example this guide I use on evaluating information.
Advantages of Prezi
Here is a video of Prezi’s Founder introducing Prezi:
Prezi is very flexible and has two main advantages:
- It presents ideas as continuous, not broken into slides. This ‘open canvas’ approach allows you to scale information and images according to importance. It is also useful to focus in on detail, then zoom out to show the bigger picture.
- It does not require extra software. All you need to run Prezi is an online computer with Adobe Flash 10. This is particularly helpful in a conference situation, where laptops and flash drives can prove incompatible!
But there are others:
- You can show online or download for offline use
- Easily shared – you can work collaboratively on them too
- Easily modified – and once embedded any changes will be automatically done
- Good content can be killed by a bad PowerPoint but in prezi it’s probably harder to create something that doesn’t look visually exciting (even if the content is a bit iffy…) Remember we’re a shallow bunch.
- You can break free of the linear slide tyranny and tell a story in a dynamic stylish way.
- Access anywhere!
‘Power corrupts. Powerpoint corrupts absolutely!’
This striking statement comes from Edward Tufte, Yale Professor of Political Science, Statistics and Computer Science, quoted in the London Evening Standard. Tufte is one of the most vocal critics of Powerpoint as a presentation tool, arguing that it eradicates nuance and limits creativity.
See the links under further information for other reasons to use Prezi over Powerpoint.
Creating your presentation
For Thing 13 we want you to create a simple Prezi presentation and blog about how you get on with it.
Here are some instructions on how to get started with Prezi.
Or watch this video:
How to create a good Prezi (a useful guide by Prezi founder Adam Somlai-Fisher)
Tips on navigating the canvas
Tips on grouping, framing and zooming
Sharing your Prezi
‘Why Powerpoint makes us stupid’ (an article that explores the dangers of presentation software)
Top 5 reasons to use Prezi instead of Powerpoint
Learn Prezi: http://prezi.com/learn/