What is it?
Prezi is described as a virtual whiteboard which allows people to design interactive presentations. It is similar to Powerpoint in terms of purpose, although it has some distinct features. One of its features is that it is web-based and free, which means that it can be used in libraries by a wider range of users (staff or otherwise). Another feature is that because it lives on the Web, it can be edited and updated anytime anywhere and those changes will take effect globally. This is particularly helpful for library users who may be using a number of different computer stations or even different service points when constructing a prezi. The final feature which sets Prezi apart is that it is visually dynamic and requires very little input to create eye-catching presentations.
Sounds cool. How do I get it?
Go to www.prezi.com and click ‘Sign Up’. You can download Prezi for your computer as a 30 day trial, but it is completely free if you use the browser-based version.
Okay, I’m signed up. Now what?
Once you’ve done that, you are ready to choose a template for your presentation. A well done Prezi can be very slick and make a strong impression. It is strongly recommended that you have an outline prepared prior to starting. Doing so will give you a sense of how many main headings and sub-headings you will need, and it will keep the sequence of motion between ideas organized and uncluttered.
Put in major headings for each of the boxes. If you need to add/subtract them, go to top and choose ‘Draw ___ Frame’. Right-clicking over any of the boxes will allow you to delete them, so you can have as many or as few headings that you need.
Be conscious of the look of your Prezi. A clean-looking presentation is vital, and you don’t want it cluttered on the top level.
You can add images or music to spice up your Prezi. Here’s how:
The sequence of images can be edited by dragging them up and down on the left side. You also have total freedom to manipulate the boxes by dragging them around the page to space them out, clicking on the corner to rotate their angles, or even stretching them out to adjust their sizes. This can be done at any level of the presentation.
Once it’s ready to go, click on ‘Share’ at the top-right. You have several options for sharing; copy the link so it can be accessed online, Email it to people, share it on Facebook, download it as a PDF for viewing, or even save it as a Zip file. Its versatility is one of its strengths.
There you go; you have now finished the Prezi module. Don’t forget to blog about what you have learned and how you would like to use Prezi. One example might be using it in a staff meeting to explain the processes behind a task to your colleagues. Another may be to use it in a library program such as a Book Club, school visit, or even as a tutorial for how to use the library catalogue for new users. 30 minutes should be enough time to figure out the basics, but the best thing about Prezi is you can pick it up where you left off anywhere and anytime.