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How To Use Prezi For Beginners

Teaching The Grade 8 Class How To Use Prezi

sobia qureshi

on 23 January 2014

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How To Use Prezi
For Beginners

Creating An Account
Getting Started
Prezi is an online presentation tool that allows you to design your own distinctive, eye-catching presentations.

what's next?
1. Click on Sign up in the top right corner
2. It should take you to this asking what type of account you want
3. Click on the "Public Sign up now >
Free, no surprises"
All your Prezis will be public
Edit and Share prezis
100MB storage space (enough for a few prezis)
4. Filling out your Information
First name
Last name
Email ( counts as the user name)
Re-enter password
Check off agree to terms
Then you officially a member of Prezi
The End
Get Started With Prezi
Navigate the Canvas
Get to Know the Transformation Tool
Start from a Template
Customize Colours and Fonts
Anchor yourself on the Canvas
Frame your Content
Insert Diagrams
Add Symbols and Shapes
Add URL's to your Prezi
Path: Navigate and Rearrange with the Path Sidebar
Borrow from other Prezis
Prezis unique approach to presentations sets it apart from other tools. The presentations wont be the same old slide-by-slide format that is commonly. Create your presentations on a simple canvas, arranging text and images in any way you like. Prezi lets you choose the order and amount in which each element will be zoomed into creating a unique story-telling experience.
This information is to get some more hints and tips on how to create your first zooming master piece
navigate the canvas
Zooming Around: This is a key feature of Prezi. With Is you can zoom in and out by using your mouse’s scroll wheel or by clicking the + and - symbols on the right hand side of your screen.
Panning: To move your prezi canvas left, right, up, or down, hold down the left button of your mouse and then move in the direction you want to go.
Transformation tool
In Prezi, the Transformation Tool is your best friend.Once you add anything to your canvas, click on it once to bring up the Transformation Tool. Now you can move, size, and rotate your content any way you like. If you add a frame to your prezi, you can click on it once to bring up the Transformation Tool and move, scale, or rotate everything inside.
start from a template
When you create a prezi, you can choose from a number of reusable templates or a blank canvas. When you decide to use a template, you can edit everything you see on the canvas just as if you were creating your own prezi, including copying and pasting pre-made content from other prezis or applications
theme wizard
Use the Theme Wizard to customize the colors of your prezi and to set your font choices from Prezi's font library.
You can also create branded Prezi themes by adding your exact company colors to the wizard. Paying users (Pro, EduPro, Enjoy, and EduEnjoy license holders) can even add their own logo to a customized theme.
the home button
To take a step back and get an overview of everything you've added so far (both in Edit and Present mode), you can use the Home button on the right hand side of your screen (you can find it just above the zoom + and - buttons). Clicking the Home button before you start making a prezi will also ensure that you're starting from the right place.
Frame your content
Frames are a signature part of Prezi and a great way to manage your content. Frames work like slides and can be used to group your ideas. Use frames to create a placeholder in your prezi and then add content to them. Frames come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and you can change the color of them as well as their size and position. The other great thing about frames is that once you place one on your prezi canvas, you can move, size, and rotate it, and all the content within your frame will move, size, and rotate too.
Create Frames:
Choose 'Frames & Arrows' from the top menu.

Then choose whether you want a circle, rectangle, bracket, or invisible frame.
Use frames to add animation and take your audience through your prezi.

Insert diagrams
Prezi has created layout drawings, diagrams, and charts that can help you better communicate your ideas to your audience.
Quickly add content to your diagrams, and duplicate them (using the right-click menu or keyboard shortcuts) to start filling your prezi with inspiring content.
symbols and Shapes
Click 'Insert' and then select the ‘Symbols and shapes’ icon at the top of the screen to add shapes, lines, arrows, and more to your prezi.

Insert rectangles, circles, and triangles to frame your content. Alternatively, add symbols from a huge library or purpose designed drawings to further enhance your prezi.

To put live links into your prezi, copy and paste the desired URL into a text box. Then click away from the text box and your link will become active (you will see it automatically underline).
Path: navigate and rearrange with the Path sidebar
When presenting your ideas, it can sometimes help to have a clear narrative that takes your audience through your prezi. With the Left Sidebar, you can create a journey from one idea to the next. Edit your path and its points in Edit mode and take your audience along that path in Present mode.
To set your path, click the 'Edit Path' on the left-hand side of screen. Then click on the objects in your prezi canvas in the order you wish them to appear.

You can also use the sidebar to rearrange and delete path points or to zoom to a specific path point.

On the Prezi Explore page you can find loads of great prezis from which you can “borrow” content, animations or even sound effects. Reusing content in this way allows you to share your ideas more effectively and is a great way to get started with Prezi. To use content from another prezi, first select a reusable prezi you like from the Explore page, then click ‘Save a copy’ to place a copy of the prezi in your own prezi library. From here, you can open the prezi and start putting your own content into it. Alternatively, cut and paste the elements you like into one of your own prezis.
Adding sound to a prezi is a great way to enhance the presentation of your ideas. Sound can be particularly useful for a prezi that you intend to embed on a website or play on a continuous loop.
This feature was created with voice overs in mind and is therefore primarily intended to create a better presentation experience for prezis that are displayed online without a presenter.
There are two kinds of sounds you can add to a prezi.
The first is a background track that will continuously play whenever your prezi is viewed.
Alternatively, you can add sounds to specific path steps. These will begin to play only when you reach the chosen path step. They will stop playing when you move to the next path step.
Important Note: Currently, prezi supports the following audio file formats: MP3, M4A, FLAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, MP4, 3GP.

adding a background track
•In Edit Mode, select 'Insert' from the top menu.
•Click on 'Add Background Music'.
•Browse to the location of the file you want to use and upload it into your prezi.
•Once you have selected your background track, you will see it start to upload into your prezi.

•Once the process is completed, you can click the triangle to play the track, or click 'Done' to continue editing your prezi.
•You can stop the upload before it has completed using the 'Cancel' button.

• Your background track will now start playing when you enter Present Mode. It will continuously play as long as the prezi is open in Present Mode.
•To remove the track from your prezi, select the track where it appears in the Left Sidebar, and then click on the trashcan icon.

adding sound to a path step
•From the Left Sidebar, click on the thumbnail for the path step you want to add sound to.
•Then select 'Add voice-over to Path Step' from the 'Insert' menu.
•Alternatively you can right-click on the path step's thumbnail and select 'Add Sound to Path Step'.
•Browse to the location of the file you want to upload.
•Once you have selected your sound file, you will see it start to upload into your prezi.
•Once the process is completed, you can click the triangle to play the track, or click 'Done' to continue editing you prezi.
•You can stop the upload before it has completed using the 'Cancel' button

•The sound will play every time you reach the path step when in Present Mode.
•Adding sound to path steps or as a backing track will cause a play button and mute control to appear as part of the playback interface.

•You can use these to play your prezi and mute the sounds you have inserted. These will also appear when a prezi is embedded into a website.
•To remove a sound from a path step, select the path step thumbnail from the Left Sidebar, click on the sound's filename at the top of the thumbnail, and then select the trashcan icon.
•If you want to see the full name of the sound file that you have attached to a path step, hover over the name of the track as it appears at the top of the thumbnail in the Left Sidebar.
•If you want to replace the sound file you have assigned to a path step with a different file, right-click on the thumbnail and select 'Replace Sound on Path Step'.

Keyboard Shortcuts
Most shortcuts in Prezi are single stroke, which means there is no need to press any additional modifier keys (Alt, Ctrl, Command, etc.).
Please note: shortcuts are turned off by default, click on the options tab in the top right corner of the Prezi Editor and click 'On' to enable them.
Editing Shortcuts
•F - Draw frame, press again to change frame type (bracket, circle, rectangle or hidden)
•L - Load a file on your canvas (image, pdf, video, swf)
•S - Draw a shape, press again to change shape type (arrow, line, rectangle, circle, triangle)
•P - Go to Path mode
•1 - Zoom in
•2 - Zoom out
•3 - Rotate clockwise
•4 - Rotate counter clockwise
•Delete, Backspace - Delete selected object(s)
•Left, Right, Up, Down - Move the selection 1 pixels
•SHIFT + Left, Right, Up, Down - Move the selection 10 pixels
•CTRL + S - Save prezi
•CTRL + Z - Undo last action
•CTRL + Y - Redo last undone action
•CTRL + D - Duplicate selected object(s)
•CTRL + C - Copy selected object(s)
•CTRL + V - Paste copied object(s)
•CTRL + SHIFT + M - Toggle screen ratio between the values: 4:3, 16:9, and off.
•CTRL + SHIFT + C - Opens the Prezi CSS editor.
•CTRL + SHIFT + D - Duplicates and flips your content, creating a mirrored version of your content (works for images and arrows but not text).
•Esc (Escape key) - Finish current action or close open dialog
•Space - Enters Present mode

•Right, Left - Move Forward and Back along the Path
•Up, Down - Smart Zoom in or out
•B - Blackout the screen (move your mouse or press any other key to go back to presenting)
•Space - Advance along the path (only in Present mode fullscreen)
•PageUp, PageDown - Move Forward and Back along the Path (not in full screen)
•Escape - End presentation


These are some of the things about prezi that you need to know. To learn more go to Learn and Support.
The more prezis you create the more you can learn on your own.

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