I finally got around to experimenting with using Prezi and it was surprisingly easy! Not as easy as PowerPoint mind you so I think I’ll still be reliant on familiar methods for a while longer. And now I’ve figured out Prezi there’ll probably be something else which will take me a year to figure out. Still, it’s off the ‘to-do’ list for now.
Interestingly, using Prezi with it’s free forms and whirly transitions changed the way I taught. I couldn’t put huge chunks of information up on the screen. If I wanted to raise separate points they needed to be on separate screens and I was conscious of not moving around too much (Prezi has a slight sea-sickness vibe to it). In fact, it forced me to concentrate far more on my own delivery and skewed the format of the session towards activities and discussion, rather than delivering information. This worked really well for my topic which was experiential based. The student feedback was fantastic. They loved it. I enjoyed teaching it. Fab.
However, if I needed to get across finer points of detail, I’m not sure it’d work so well. Text is less easy to manipulate and display on Prezi than images or videos. It can look cluttered on screen and doesn’t align properly. I also struggle with not being able to manage the transition between points (something PowerPoint does so well).
So experiment over, I think Prezi and I are still friends but I’ll only be calling in when the topic is right.