I’m presenting a workshop on using Prezi tomorrow. The agenda includes
- What is Prezi, and what are its pros and cons?
- Best practices, including how and when to zoom, pan, or rotate
- Evaluating a topic’s structure to determine whether it’s best suited to Prezi, PowerPoint, a text document, or another medium
- Individual experimentation with Prezi
- Tips and tricks for efficient use
Some of the resources I’ll use are linked here. I’ll update the list after the workshop with additional resources, as determined by the conversation and interests of participants.
- A Prezi adaptation of How the Brain Learns and Remembers that we will use to compare Powerpoint, text, and Prezi
- A PowerPoint adaptation of the same thing
- A text adaptation of the same thing (PDF)
- Prezi basics (screencast, 1:40)
- How to use multi-media like a pro (prezi)
- How to import a PowerPoint presentation into Prezi (screencast, 1:00)
- Prezi keyboard shortcuts (article)
Information Design in General
- PRISM scandal cheekily reinterpreted as a visual design problem, including before-and-after slide redesign
- Dan Meyer explains “Kicking Out the Cliche” in classroom presentations. “Very little that’s worth saying can be disintegrated into staccato bullet points. If I ever found myself tending towards bullet points in any presentation, I’d start massaging them into an essay-style handout.” Wash it down with this description of how to create great handouts.
- Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, by Garr Reynolds, shows techniques that non-professionals can use to dramatically increase the impact of presentation visuals. Advocates creating handouts instead of putting text on slides.
- Garr Reynolds (of Presentation Zen fame) explains how to eliminate anything that is not essential to visually communicating your point.
- David McCandless’s TED talk on The Beauty of Data Visualization shows dramatic examples of how the visual aspects of information design can change our relationship to information
Information Design in Prezi
- Dan Steer explains criteria to help you figure out how to zoom and pan to reinforce structure of the topic, while avoiding sea-sickness (see his comment below for some more advanced tips)
- A selection of Prezis, some of them professionally-designed
- Designer Maria Andersen and illustrator Mat Moore team up to use Prezi as an artistic medium. See for example “Levers of Change in Higher Education,” “How Can We Measure Teaching and Learning In Math,” and “Future-Proof Your Education“
- The great people at Prometis show us what not to do