The ultimate guide to Prezi Update: the Prezi itself, below, was updated in May 2013 with some more tips, examples, FAQs, and also to cover the new Prezi interface. I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, so here we go: a complete guide to the presentation software Prezi, from what it is and why to use it right up to advanced techniques for making your presentation absolutely killer. Works best on full-screen, as ever. I created this for a workshop next week in the library, so I was going to launch it then – but Prezi themselves have started promoting it via their Facebook presence and on their Explore page. (You should really check out the Explore page, some of the Prezis on there are amazing!) I created a hand-out for the workshop, which features screen-grabs of the nuts-and-bolts instructions on how to use Prezi, plus this basic overview for those completely new to it: The basics The basic principle of Prezi is to put objects on the canvas and link them together with a ‘path’.
5 Rules for More Effective Presentations Presentation software can be a wonderful tool if used correctly. It can also be a dangerous distraction that interferes with communication rather than facilitating it. The line between the two is thin. Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/mbbirdy Over the course of my career, I have sat through hundreds of presentations. Most of them were done with PowerPoint. I often think the presenter would be more compelling if he would ditch the presentation software and just speak. But alas, It has become a staple of corporate life. So if we can’t outlaw presentation software, at least we can improve how we use it. Don’t give your presentation software center stage. Finally, I would encourage you to hone your PowerPoint or Keynote skills like you would any other essential business skill. Question: What rules would you add? or upgrade to a self-hosted WordPress blog?
Beautiful Word Clouds 6 useful things Prezi can do (which even experienced users miss) I keep discovering new things about the presentation software Prezi. Asking around, it seems lots of other users didn’t know about some or all of these either, so with that in mind I thought I’d draw your attention to 6 useful things. Got any more? Leave them in a comment… 1. Upgrade to the educational licence for free if you are a student or work for a University All you need to do is go to Upgrade on the Prezi site, and stick in your university email address (.edu or .ac.uk etc). Free, useful, but many don’t find it 2. This is completely brilliant. By pressing shift before drawing a frame, it keeps a perfect 4:3 aspect ratio as you draw it – moving the mouse simply increases or decreases the size, but the shape stays the same. All of the frames you see here are drawn using this technique – click the pic to go to the actual Prezi and see how it works for the viewer 3. It’s not ‘Save a copy’ as you might expect; it’s ‘Download’ 4. 5. 6. Lots of colours to play with
emaze - Online Presentation Software – Create Amazing Presentations VoiceThread as a Digital Portfolio | TeachingSagittarian I’ve been twittering the past several weeks about using VoiceThread as a digital portfolio for our Student-Led Conferences this semester. In the past, my students have used Photostory3 to show and talk about their learning as a starting point for their Student Led Conference with their parents. I’m now teaching in a mac school so Photostory3 was not an option. After considering iMovie (and all of it’s amazing features) I felt that it had too many features that might be distracting for what I wanted. The more I considered VoiceThread, the more it’s interactive features appealed to me. Using VoiceThread was easy! Step 1: Sign up students for an individual account each in VoiceThread. (We used an email that did not technically exist – but not gmail with + because that won’t work – The email address isn’t required to gain the password – which means the email does not have to exist – BUT you must remember it to be able to sign in) Step 2: Guiding questions: What will my parents want to see?
5 easy ways to create fabulous slides Presentations, eh? We pretty much all have to do them now – and we certainly all have to watch them at some time or other. So let’s all make nice ones, and collectively save ourselves from death by Powerpoint. Creating decent slide-decks is actually very straightforward. The deck above details five methods, in order of easyness: The simple colours method (easiest)The one background, many colours methodThe two-tone-texture methodThe found-flickr methodThe augmented white slide method (trickiest). On a closely related note, here’s a quick reminder not to break the basic rules of presenting, which Slideshare featured on their homepage a while back: Other guides (including Prezi presentation software) available here: thewikiman.org/tech. Good luck creating fabulous slides! - thewikiman
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How to use Prezi really well I’m loving using slides to disseminate stuff at the moment, so I’ve re-written and updated my Prezi FTW post and produced a new top ten tips on creating a great presentation with the online zooming software. Also, I used it as an opportunity to really really hard with the slide-deck and experiment with a slightly different style. (And put in a little bit of library pride on the final couple of slides.) edit: since these slides were created, Prezi has improved some features and made some changes – including a Theme Editor. This means point 2, about choosing your colour scheme early and the fonts / colours not being mix-and-matchable, is no longer quite as true… Since the original Prezi FTW guide I’ve used Prezi in a new way. Here is the interactive library map I created for the New Professionals Information Days: Everything you need to know about technology and working in libraries on Prezi In Edit view the Prezi looks like this: I think this has loads of potential. - thewikiman