I'm going to try out prezi.com for a presentation I have to do during preplanning in a couple of weeks. I have never used it before so if anyone has any tips or suggestions I would welcome them.

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I would suggest starting out with the tutorial. It does a good job of showing you a sample presentation while letting you try out the interface. One other thing I would do is download a copy of your presentation and bring it on a USB stick, just in case the Internet isn't working as it should.
The key is just to start playing with it (after the tutorial). There's also sometips out there to help you convert video that is compatible with Prezi. You'll sometimes need toupload it to YouTube and then download the convertedvideoto upload to Prezi. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any struggles in this area.
The video has to be converted into flv format before it can be uploaded onto the prezi presentation. I wasn't able to get it to work from YouTube but was successful with using this website.
Awesome! Thank you!
I have used Prezi numerous times and really love it. I don't use PowerPoint anymore unless I have to. I even use it for things such as vacation pics...I put all the images on a Prezi and send the url to friends and family. They can explore, zoom in, etc.

There is a learning curve but you will get the hang of it. I think it's better to get all of your content and then add the paths to determine your presentation order.

You know what's really great? Prezi and a Smartboard. It's a perfect combination and fantastic in the classroom.

Mark
I stumbled on Prezi a few weeks ago and saw the tutorial on their site. I still can't seem to get the handle on it. Do you know of a helpful manual, screencast or tutorial about prezi?

I will also have a smart board this year and would love to see a prezi presentation on it.
Thank you all! I agree that playing around with it is the best way to learn. But sometimes are "hidden" things that you can do that you don't really learn from the tutorial.

And Mark, I am presenting on a SMARTBoard so I hope it's a dynamic presentation!
A Prezi tutorial that I found useful was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0kriH9dKzk. It's called ice cream for everyone! I've been using Prezi for about 6 months now for P.D. and I showed it to all of my classes last semester before they were scheduled to do presentations of their own. Many of the students used Prezi and the sheer wow factor worked to their benefit. Another tool you might want to try is called pptplex. This free add on to powerpoint allows you to do many of the things yo can do in PRezi from within powerpoint (such as grouping things contextually). It can be found at http://www.officelabs.com/projects/pptPlex/Pages/default.aspx and, after installation adds an icon to the ribbon in Office 2007. The website includes videos that show how to use the tool.

Either way, your presentations are sure to stand out!
I love the PPT "add-on"...makes PPT more interesting!!

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