With Prezi, you have a new way to make presentations for class. Prezis look very professional so they are great for lectures or even business presentations. This makes mastering Prezi a good idea both for you and for students, especially those in high school or college who are interested in skills they can put on their resumes.
PowerPoints are wonderful and have been used for ages, but if you want to try something new, then check out Prezi, which even lets you import your old PowerPoints so you don’t have to start completely from scratch. The most impressive feature of Prezi is zooming (which looks snazzy and is more engaging for the audience). You can view some sample Prezis on the website to get an idea of what I’m talking about.
There is a bit of a learning curve but, once I got started, I had so much fun the time just seemed to fly by and I didn’t mind at all.
The tutorials explain the basics quite clearly, so you should have no problem creating your own presentations. Prezi is great for teaching ESL because you can really focus in on key points and include more visual connections between ideas. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about having too much text or half empty slides because each slide is as big or as small as you want it to be.
Make sure to sign up for one of the special accounts for educators, where the free account has some added perks and the paid account is significantly cheaper than those for non-educators. Here’s a Prezi I made called “Engaging Students with Text” for one of my classes at the University of Southern California. Feel free to share your Prezis with everyone by posting a comment below.