Prezi

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If you would like a different presentation option to PowerPoint, take a look at an amazing new tool called Prezi. It replaces traditional PowerPoint slides with one single screen; you lay everything out to create your overview and then choose pathway links between different words or objects, as you ‘drill down’ into your subject matter. Place and rotate objects using the ‘zebra wheel’, add text, then create your presentation pathway, zooming in and out to alternately see the big picture, then details within that picture.  Once you’ve created your prezi, you simply move between ideas and concepts by clicking your mouse, just as you would with traditional PowerPoints.

 To get more of an idea of the simplicity of the concept, yet complexity of detail that is possible with Prezi, watch this amazing demonstration of Tips and Tricks.

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” ‘Prezi makes slideshows bearable again by presenting “slides” as simply areas of one giant whiteboard with infinite resolution…. I liked Prezi because it was so different than any other concept. It isn’t a complex mash-up or …concept only tech people can appreciate. It is a better way to give slideshows….. Prezi is clearly more engaging and interesting, for both the creator and the audience.” (Rob Dixon’s comments on his blog)

This is a brilliant example by Anne Robinson of the Dixie Grammar School, showing the use of Prezi for teaching students about research, plagiarism and citing references:

 

“Prezi have launched a topic on their forum about how to use this presentation tool in education. Follow this link  to join the conversation:    http://community.prezi.com/prezi/topics/prezi_in_the_classroom_how_do_you_use_it

 

http://prezi.com/zjdhu-n35zcg/  by David Pinto

 

This YouTube video from Palm Beach Cafe shows how to use Prezi -( from about 4.30 mins till the end)

Other examples – Echo – a presentation using images

Glogster – Interactive Posters

Glogster is a site with a lot of potential for engaging students in the classroom –  providing a different option for both teachers and students to present information in a visual, interactive way.

Mix graphics, photos, videos, music and text to create an interactive poster, then use the embed code to add it to a blog, wiki, website or Facebook page.

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(Above:  Shakespeare Parodies)

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(Above – http://bookleads.wikispaces.com/ by Joyce Valenza. See also http://newtoolsworkshop.wikispaces.com/)

Glogster is keen to encourage teachers to use this site with their classes, and will give help and support with creating school accounts and keeping students’ work private. Go to Glogster EDU to set up a class account, and use these tutorials by Traci Blazosky to guide you through the process.  One is a tutorial on setting up a class account, the other is a tutorial for adding Voicethreads, Vokis, Blabberizes, Animotos, and more to enhance your Glogster page.

Brenda Dyck has put together a great list of examples of glogs in education (see below), and she comments:  “Glogster has tried to make this tool as teacher-friendly as possible by making it easy to set up a class account, which provides a private account for each student (and generates passwords and e-mails them to the teacher).”

See also:

Greetings from the World a wiki where students around the world have created Glogs to showcase the countries they live in.

http://cogdog.glogster.com/dominoe/

Web 2.0 Tools to Reach Teen Readers

When I was at NECC last year I was challenged listening to Anita Beaman speak about using Web 2.0 tools to promote reading.

Buffy Hamilton – The Unquiet Librarian – has taken this further, and has put together an impressive and extensive list of links showing how YA literature publishers and authors are using Web 2.0 to reach teen readers where they are today:

http://theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com/yalit2oh

YA Lit 2.0

Check out her links about: