Prezi is a browser-based presentation tool that can zoom and pan, creating seamless presentations that engage your audience. It allows you to structure your presentations conceptually rather than being limited by the separation and linear flow of slides. You design your presentation on a “canvas” so that the presentation is a single entity. This example Prezi provides information about using the tool and serves as an apt demonstration of how Prezi can be used to create engaging presentations.
Prezi is a great tool to use in your instruction and conference presentations, for creating online content for students, and for students to use in their own presentations. It allows for simultaneous editing, every Prezi has a permanent link making assignment submission easy, and there is a “view together” option so that you can present remotely. There is also the ability to download a pdf version of your presentation for your own reference and for easy creation of handouts.
You can create a free Prezi education account using your Emmanuel College email address from the educational pricing page: http://prezi.com/pricing/edu/. This page provides details about what you get with an “Enjoy Edu” account, as well as information on “Pro Edu” accounts, which include more storage and cost about $5/month.
Prezi allows for easy importing of PowerPoint slides if you want to convert your current presentations into Prezis. Instructions are available here: http://prezi.com/pptimport/. You will probably have to make some changes to the formatting, as not all of it will import cleanly, but this is an easy way to pull in the content and get started in designing your layout.
Of course, in using Prezi, you still need to apply the basic concepts of good presentation design. Changing the medium doesn’t change the common pitfalls of presentations and visualization. We have a tutorial on Applying CRAP Design to Presentations that you may find helpful: