I was quite excited about getting to try out Prezi for Thing 17 as it’s a new and exciting tool that I’ve seen used really well by others. However, once I started trying to using it my excitement rather quickly drained away in frustration. This is most likely due to the fact I started from scratch when I should have experimented with templates first, I just wanted to do something quickly and I also didn’t have a project planned out beforehand. I do feel like I learned quite a bit by playing around and making mistakes though – so all was not lost!
Prezi seems to involve a lot of planning and a lot of patience to make something really worthwhile and while my first few attempts weren’t quite so positive, I think the next time I have a suitable project to do I will give Prezi another go as it has such great potential for making creative and visually attractive presentations.
I did find it much easier to simply import some Power Point slides into the Prezi programme, (although it did make a mess of all of the lovely editing I’d done in PowerPoint) so that will be the best way forward in future!
I’ve used slide share a couple of times now and found it quite useful for displaying my presentations on the web. I especially like that slideshows can be embedded into blog posts which makes them very easy to share.
To Prezi or To Powerpoint, that is the question…
Prezi seems to be the ‘in thing’ at the moment and it is a very dynamic and creative tool which can express ideas in completely different ways to Powerpoint but I don’t think it’s time to just forget about Powerpoint as a medium for presenting. One of the important things to remember when presenting (or teaching) is that the medium needs to fit the message and sometimes Prezi might not be the right medium. Although we’ve probably all experienced ‘death by powerpoint’, it is possible to be creative with this too – as with creating a great Prezi – it just takes time and effort to create a great Powerpoint presentation.