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Monday, February 16, 2009

PREZI

With extreme gratitude to Mr. Byrne and Free Tech 4 Teachers, the playground has moved for one day. Over the weekend, we loaded up the Mayflower moving truck, used the dolley, and hauled all of the equipment from Wisconsin to Maine...digitally! It's time for RecessDuty to be a guest blogger!

PREZI
Description: A zooming digital presentation editor. It’s Powerpoint on steroids! What did he say? STEROIDS! There'll be mandatory testing in the future. Type text, embed pictures, and insert video are all features that Prezi puts forth to creators. Unlike Powerpoint, Prezi is free and extremely portable. Because it's web based, Prezi can be created and shown on any computer with web access. If there is no web access available during your presentation, a downloadable version can be obtained to show offline anywhere. No other software needed, not even flash! Prezi also performs quite well in creating a visual organizer. As they claim on their site, "With the help of Prezi you can create maps of texts, images, videos, PDFs, drawings and present in a nonlinear way." As Prezi is in beta, when you apply, you'll be asked to explain how you will be using their site. I explained that I was a seventh grade math and social studies educator and could use it to inform students of social studies information. I was approved in less than a day!

My implementations are below, but this presentation is an incredible overview of how Prezi works. It's flat out awesome, or as the students on the playground say, "It's Wicked!"

Implementation: I have created multiple presentations for a seventh grade classroom on the History of Canada, History of United States, a chapter review, and the all important presentation to professional educators in our school district on a project that included the National Digital Vault, Animoto, and Edmodo.

As the RecessDuty supervisor always says...goPlay!

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RecessDuty is about getting other educators the resources that are successful in my classroom and any educational setting. Technology is implemented, not for technology sake, but as Daniel Pink so vividly states, "to prepare kids for their future, not our past." I hope that my efforts in finding, describing, implementing, and distributing tech information that is successfully implemented into an educational setting to other educators will enable the students we teach to be the best in the world! Revisit your youth by entering the playground now for more great resources!