Prezi is a cloud based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.
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Funnily enough, I was first attracted to Prezi by the name – an Australian-sounding nickname for a presentation tool that was touted as a PowerPoint alternative and more just had to be investigated.
In essence, Prezi is PowerPoint or Keynote - only the single slide you use can be as geographically large as you would like and operate on three layers if desired.
It can cope with a variety of text options, images as backgrounds or features, embedded video but uniquely, it allows the educator to take the learner – even though the learner is perhaps the one driving the session – on a journey of interest across and through content using a multi-point zoomable canvas as the slide.
Further, and this is where it potentially surpasses other presentation tools, it allows real-time collaborative opportunities on both traditional presentations and mind-mapping style outputs – just the constructivist pedagogical space one wishes to be working within.
For me, this is the area where Prezi can afford a significant boost into constructivist teaching and learning and move learner interaction into the transformational end of the SAMR model of Puentedura, which as Loader (2012) notes, “defines a system which you can use to measure your application of technology, or it’s level of use”.
In the community and workplace sector, Prezi has become a common tool for a range of learning activities. From a simple augmented approach whereby health-related content is presented as a visual treatment flowchart for patients through to true collaborative operations that enables department heads and board members to co-create in real time a redefined version of an annual report that will be showcased to members and supporters, Prezi has the scope to offer learning and teaching opportunities across the levels of the SAMR model, but particularly, utilising the sharing options and collaborative features, within the modification and redefinition levels.
Significantly, as Lee and McLoughlin (2011) state, technology in and of itself will not revolutionise education (p. 21), so the effective use of Prezi in the generation of desired learning outcomes is very much dependent on an educator who is aware of 21st Century educational practice and who can contextualise learning to the degree required by both the learner and eventual industry field of practice.
Lee M. J. W. and McLoughlin, C. (2011). Web 2.0-based e-learning. Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching. Retrieved from http://www.tonybates.ca/wp-content/uploads/Final-typeset-chapter1.pdf
Loader, D. (2012). Applying the SAMR model into education. Adobe Education Leaders. Retrieved from http://blogs.adobe.com/educationleaders/2012/10/applying-the-samr-model-into-education.html