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Thoughts on using Prezi as a teaching tool

Ideas and reflections on the effective use of Prezi to support whole class teaching
by Chris B on 8 July 2013

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Transcript of Thoughts on using Prezi as a teaching tool

can be used like other presentation tools but...
what would be the point of that?
when there is so much more you can do with it
like zooming in
...but why is this useful?
noun; a single unit of language which has meaning and can be spoken or written
Lessons are rarely linear.

Using Prezi you can create a pathway but choose to leave it at any point to explore additional content.

You can return to your pathway, just like you do when you are teaching.
Timelines
The Prezi interface encourages you to deviate and explore - just like learners do...
As teachers we often need to analyse long sections of text with our classes.


The ability to zoom in on images or text helps students focus on what is important.



You can also use the ability to zoom in to expand on the meaning of a particular word. This may be particularly useful in MFL where you can associate an image with a word like 'coccinelle'.
In other subjects like science, the meaning of words can sometimes be better explained using images. For example when defining osmosis, students often find it difficult to conceptualise the 'concentration of solutes' - a diagram can really help:

"Osmosis is the movement of water across a partially permeable membrane from an area of low concentration of solute to an area of high concentration of solute"

Be careful
It may get your
The way you navigate in Prezi must HELP you communicate
Here are some examples of navigation that helps communication
In the last section, the movement and zooming has not helped me communicate and I have probably annoyed you
Concepts
Exploring images and diagrams
Ideas about using
as a teaching tool
In this Prezi, whenever you see
zoom and move
when using the
functionality.
students attention
intially, but over use it
and all you will do is
make them sea sick!
Brief History of Social Media
or
you can click on it to explore an idea in more detail
on
a circle
“PowerPoint makes us stupid”
As you have seen, you can easily incorporate images and videos into your Prezi
Images
videos
Stuck?
Click on the right arrow key to continue to the next point in the pathway

"Commanders say that behind all the PowerPoint jokes are serious concerns that the program stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/27/world/27powerpoint.html?hp
How do I incorporate videos into my Prezi?
You can either:

convert your video into a Flash video file (.flv or .swf), or

embed a video from YouTube by pasting the url of the video into an empty text box. This only works when you are online!
Hope that was useful!

To comment and share your ideas and thoughts, go to...
www.learningblog.org
and out

can be used as a presentation tool, like PowerPoint
but what would be the point of that?
when Prezi can do so much more
like zoom in
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