Engagement is essential in order to teach content area knowledge. You can do a lot with power point. At the same time, there are so many great tech presentation tools like Prezi, Glogster, and Voicethread that avoid long boring monologues and death by bullet points on power point presentations. Many of these web 2.0 presentation tools encourage audience involvement and audience involvement equals audience engagement.
Prezi is a web 2.0 tool that combines concept maps, posters, and presentations all into one integrated unit. Prezi allows for non-linear presentations where the presenter can zoom in and out of a visual map containing words, links, images and videos. The basic principle of Prezi is to put objects on the canvas and then link them together with a “path.” The path is important to the user’s experience. Thus, the path should be a logical and sensible sequence. Prezi allows for the audience to see the “big picture” as well as zoom into view extreme details related to some items. With Prezi Meeting you can engage your students and have them work collaboratively on one specific Prezi.
Paul Hill has created an informative Prezi on “Using Prezi as a Teaching Tool”
For ideas how to use Prezi in the classroom, Tom Barrett has compiled some Interesting Ways to incorporate Prezi into the classroom, not just a presentation tool.
Need more information about using Prezi, here are a few helpful links: