Presenting with Prezi!
One of my favorite multimedia projects with my 7th grade Science classes was the use of Prezi to present Science research projects in an attractive, fluid, and intuitive way. Students had previously used PowerPoint and Slides to present earlier projects, and I decided to have them explore Prezi, which by design has a concept map or flowchart layout. In this regard, students are able to better group subunits within larger concepts, zooming in and out for emphasis.
ISTE Standards that are addressed with this project:
- Creativity and Innovation .
a. Apply existing knowledge to create new ideas, products, processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. Identify trends and forecast possibilities
2. Communication and Collaboration
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
- Research and Information Fluency
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
After introductory lessons on Ecology terms and concepts, students are introduced to various biomes that make up ecosystems on our planet. After a brief survey, students are asked to choose one biome to research and report on. See Notes
I check students’ notes before they begin constructing their Prezi, which I sketched the skeleton of on the whiteboard for their reference.
Using NEO, I’ve included a rubric with the assignment.
A few sample Prezi Projects are linked below:
Prior to this project, students had already been trained in Prezi basics and constructed a simple presentation. With some practice ahead of time (and a few YouTube tutorials), you will gain confidence in teaching others Prezi basic skills. The key design feature is the “frame” (think slide). You choose the basic frame size/shape and add contents (text and images) to it. The fun part is designing and viewing paths between the frames – which also lets you zoom in and out of content as needed for desired effect.
As far as managing student files, I created a shared Prezi account (or they could make their own accounts). Students named their files with names and period numbers. At the end, to submit projects, they simply shared it out to my school email, and I graded them via the rubric in NEO.
In the future, I will extend the Prezi projects to include oral presentations of the Prezi, whereby students gain confidence in public speaking (ELA Common Core) and the class benefits from the creative discoveries and viewpoints of their peers.
In conclusion, if you are looking for ways for students to explore a highly flexible and creative multimedia tool – give Prezi a try!