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Narrative Networks: Using Prezi for Presentations in language-learning contexts

This paper considers the various ways in which the new presentation tool Prezi might enhance pedagogical practices in language-learning contexts. This is achieved partly through the use of zooming visual networks rather than the linear format fostered by

Lesley Graham

on 11 September 2010

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Narrative Networks: Using Prezi for Presentations in language-learning contexts http://prezi.com/
History Cost Prezi claims it is designed to allow audiences to ‘understand more, remember better’
Canvas: see the bigger picture
Zooming: put things in perspective, focus
Scaling: hierarachy with size
Path: Ideas flow more freely, stories are created Metaprezis Advantages of Prezi for
teaching and learning Potential drawbacks
Quotes from James Geary who gave the first TED talk with Prezi : “My talk is all about metaphor, and how the power of association—the metaphorical linking of one thing with another—is behind so much of our thinking. The fluidity of Prezi, the ability to flow quickly and smoothly from one image to another, matched the subject of my talk perfectly, so I was very excited to be able to use it.””We do not think or talk statically; that is, we don't move rigidly from one frame to the next. Instead, we leap around a lot, swiftly moving from one subject to another as ideas and images occur to us. So using Prezi is a lot like thinking; it's very intuitive. It enables your images to leap right along with your thoughts.” Thanks!
Lesley Graham
Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2
Twitter: @lezzles / @Eurocall2010 How does it work?

Constructing a Prezi is not done slide-by-slide.
Instead, presenters have a single, large ‘canvas’ on which to design their presentation and can include text, video, hyperlinks and PDF documents. http://prezi.com/zvsqdyisrcgt/academy-prezi-workflow-in-15-minutes/ Prezi is the antithesis of the slide-to-slide PowerPoint style. Your presentations are mocked up on a large canvas, with bits of text, images, charts, and now videos embedded where you want them, and connected where it makes sense. You can set up a "path" to run through when giving a presentation, creating a kind of Disney-like rail ride through your points, but the real value comes when your audience has a question—zooming back to a point and expanding on it is easy and intuitive, and connecting two points doesn't require a slide hunt. (Lifehacker) Prezi Education Exchange http://edu.prezi.com/ Other Uses Creating Online tutorials Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system. The allergic immune system misidentifies an otherwise innocuous substance as harmful, and then attacks the substance with a ferocity far greater than required. The problems this attack can cause range from mildly inconvenient and uncomfortable to the total failure of the organism the immune system is supposed to be protecting.Some allergic people become sensitized to proteins in such things as ragweed pollen, latex, certain foods, and drugs like penicillin. With these allergies, the reaction can involve the entire body. This is called a systemic reaction as the release of allergy mediators (chief among them being histamine) causes capillaries all over the body to dilate. If this proceeds to the point of danger, it is known as anaphylaxis. If it proceeds even further, the victim passes into anaphylactic shock. The exposure-reaction time can vary depending on your body and the allergen you were exposed to. In a mild case, you may only have mild itching or swelling. In a severe reaction, after exposure to the triggering antigen, you may suddenly develop hives over large areas of your body and begin having breathing difficulties (this is accompanied by a rapid and severe drop in blood pressure). Also, in a severe reaction, thinking becomes muddled as the brain and other vital organs become oxygen-starved. Cell fluids in the tissues of the throat can cause it to swell shut, leading to anaphylactic shock and death in as little as three or four minutes after exposure to the antigen or the onset of symptoms. Hundreds of people die annually from anaphylactic shock in the United States alone. an organic nitrogen compound involved in local immune responses What's different? Why we use presentation software

To illustrate
To organise
To please
To make our message more memorable
To give students something to take away

To foster organised thinking
To encourage collaboration Not tied to a sequence of slides Infinite space create a surprise: hide a detail, Free thinking space – a blank canvas Mindmaps – but unlike most other mindmapping tools it doesn’t impose a structure. As teachers we often have to analyze long sections of text with our classes. The ability to zoom in on images or text helps students to focus on what is important. (Paul Hill) zoom to create focus The path creates the main narrative but you can leave it at any time and zoom out, show something related or respond to a comment..
create relations and deep analysis of eg. a timeline show relationship between different elements digress Ian Handsley (comment on Cloudworks) We at RMIT Vietnam Learning Skills Unit are playing with the idea of using Prezi for what we presently present on paper, Bb, and PowerPoint. We love it - it's actually fun making the Prezi - but we remain unsure as to how the Prezi format will impact students cognitively and affectively. We anticipate good results--there are plenty of reasons why our students (largely L2) should prefer them--but to have something more concrete we're going to do a little research into the outcomes. Little research Seasickness: too whizzy, too much rotation. Kevin J says: May 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm I think like any new tool, Prezi can and will be overused because it is the new thing and it isn’t PowerPoint. A lesson that lacks engaging elements won’t suddenly become engaging just because it swoops around between “slides”. Students will find that that gets old as fast as just about any other new thing out there. Will get old very quickly Paul Hill says: May 16, 2010 at 9:40 am An interesting question about how the Prezi interface impacts the way we develop and structure our ideas. PowerPoint encourages us to categorise (putting common elements on one slide) and sequence, whereas Prezi encourages a more open approach (like brain storming). I’m currently building a Prezi on Social Media as a tool to support CPD for teachers and am definitely experiencing this tension. Different way of structuring: Perception that there must be a steep learning curve Video issues and not able to embed mp3 sound files
Provides an overview : what have we seen – what’s coming up? Easier collaboration Support ...but then there wasn’t much on PP either.
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