What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- producing new content
- conveying messages effectively
- social media
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
The tool is fairly intuitive; kids should have no problem using it. It's not designed to engage kids in the process of making presentations, however the attractive end products and design-centered site may keep them goal focused.
Collaborative online editing and integration with social networking sites like Facebook make group work easy. But there isn't a built-in motivation for creating or completing a Prezi.
Kids can view design guidelines and webinars and get guidance from Prezi peers on the forum. Some websites from pre-screened consultants, who are available for a fee, include tips. Prezi Desktop is available in four languages.
What's it about?
A tutorial walks first-time users through the process of making a presentation step-by-step, and the streamlined site is fairly easy to navigate on the first try. The layout is reminiscent of other presentation software with a main screen for editing the presentation and thumbnails of the individual slides shown to the left. Kids can pick from Prezi's attractive built-in themes or design and upload their own. Help is available in several formats if kids get stuck along the way.
Is it any good?
A Prezi is a couple of notches cooler than a regular presentation because of its non-linear structure and unique 3D zooming effect. It makes it possible to create more dynamic presentations and to demonstrate relationships between ideas in a visual way. There's lots of support for users, making this a great option for teens, who should have no trouble following along with the tutorial and jumping right in.
For parents and teachers concerned about the user-generated content in the public gallery, Prezi Desktop is available with the free “Enjoy Edu” upgrade, which allows kids to work and present offline from their own computers. Some presentations have pretty long load times, especially for high quality images and videos, so it might be a good idea to download a presentation rather than trying to present over a wireless connection. This well-designed tool offers a new, fun way of presenting and communicating ideas to an audience.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Talk about how different presentation styles affect the overall message of a slideshow. Does a better looking slideshow help your audience better understand your meaning or does it distract from the real information?
Discuss what kind of issues could arise from posting Prezis publicly? Use our Social Networking Tips as a guide to controlling privacy settings for Prezi posts.