By Amanda Finkelberg,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cool presentation tool has gallery with some iffy content.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn to express ideas in a non-linear format as they make impressive slideshow presentations with this cool tool. They can use text and multimedia elements to communicate their messages. With Prezi online, kids can share and co-edit presentations (though they can't do this with the desktop tool). Most resource materials are also online. This well-designed tool produces slick results, but it’s the content and effort that teens put in that will ultimately determine the quality of the presentation.
Prezi encourages creative self-expression and digital storytelling.
Violence & Scariness
Users can access public Prezis with images and text on violent topics such as murder, guns, and rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Users can access public Prezis with pornographic images and descriptions of sex. Most Prezis referencing sex are informative (safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases, etc.), but some are gratuitous.
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User-generated Prezis and comments can include swearing. Teens can enter profanity in the search bar to find Prezis with specific words in the title such as "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Though Prezi offers a free account, users have the option to upgrade for a subscription fee.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some public Prezis include images and information about alcohol and drug use. Because Prezis are user generated, the accuracy and perspective of the presentations can vary.
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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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
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.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology, Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting, Creativity: producing new content, Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free
- Last updated: June 24, 2019
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