Monthly Archives: October 2011

Prezi – A New Take on Digital Presentations

For years I have created my own and adapted Powerpoint presentations of others for the various subjects that I have taught at the Grade 6, 7 and 8 level at Treeline Public School.  My teaching has thrived on the communication of information through technology.  For the first few years of my career the sophistication of that technology meant that I was using the traditional overhead projector.

Old School Projector

Then the LCD projector became a more cost effective purchase for schools to make and I found myself using Powerpoint to communicate knowledge to my students, a tool that I had not used all that often in the first few years of my career.  The link between my computer and the LCD projector streamlined my teaching practices.  It also allowed my practices to be simplified especially when I was teaching the same subject on rotary to four different classes.  Overhead sheets no longer had to be wiped clean as one class left and the other arrived.

The next evolution in Digital Presentation was Prezi, the “zooming” presentation tool.  I cannot say for sure where I came upon Prezi but as my memory serves it was from a presentation given by one of our board ITRT’s (Instructional Technology Resource Teacher), Tina Zita.  That staff meeting presentation opened my eyes to an all new means of communicating information to my students.  For the past year or so things have been different, presentations are no longer linear, they now zoom and zip along a self-chosen path created within the information that I have to share.

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