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Prezi

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Cool presentation tool has gallery with some iffy content.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

Positive messages

Prezi encourages creative self-expression and digital storytelling.

Violence

Users can access public Prezis with images and text on violent topics such as murder, guns, and rape.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

Consumerism

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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Prezi is an online presentation maker that offers a cool alternative to PowerPoint. Kids can turn ordinary slide presentations into more visually interesting experiences using a unique 3D zoom transition animation. The online tool includes searchable, user-generated presentations, some of which contain mature content such as swearing, references to drug use, and pornographic images. All Prezi presentations are public unless users upgrade to a paid account. Users can download a desktop version of the tool to avoid the public gallery and networking features altogether. Parents should note that Prezi's Terms of Use only allows use to minors 13 or older, and they must have adult consent before setting up an account.

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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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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.

Website details

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:Creating
Price:Free-$59/year
Pricing structure:Paid, Free

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Teen, 14 years old Written byepicboss258 October 5, 2013

Prezi FTW ( for the win)

this is great as a tool for a project or a presentation, powerpoint wishes is was prezi. I love it from when the last time I've used it, I'm not sure about what others post, but it's usually something professional and not bad. But still people are people, so it may need some parental guidance for some younger kids. And just use of internet safety for what you post
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old February 13, 2014
I think that this is a great website!! Prezi also states that their website is for educational purposes only, which is good. But one thing that I am confused about is how Common Sense Media rates this site 13 and up. They say that Prezi states in their Terms Of Use that you have to be older than 13?!?! I do not understand. I am a fifth grader at a public school, and I only know about this site because my school got accounts for all fifth graders and is currently having us working on a project on this site. Why would schools give us the account if Prezi has a rating as high as Instagram? (Which I am NOT allowed to have) but for me, I really like the site as a tool, and my project on it is going well. I hope I helped!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence

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