Having seen a few Prezi’s online recently and at the HLG conference, so I’ve been meaning to give it a go for a while now. I finally had a quick play with it a few weeks ago, just to teach myself the basics and I found it quite easy to use. I think the possibilities are excellent – unlike the linear presentations of PowerPoint the only real limit in Prezi seems to be how well you plan it out! I can’t imagine just sitting down and starting a Prezi to have it turn out well – unlike PowerPoint where you can just sit and type a brief outline into a few slides and then build upon it afterwards.
I agree that Prezi would be useful for presenting (or even just digitising) mind maps, but I would want to know how well it transferred. You can save a Flash version of the presentation, but I wonder if you are limited to certain versions of the software i.e. not older versions. When going to a job interview it’s hard to know what software versions you will have available, so this is something that might be worth further investigation. (Presentations made on older versions of PowerPoint display fine on newer versions of the software – in fact this was quite useful when in the interview for my current job when technical issues meant we had to use a computer with older software on!)
I’ve made a Prezi to practice. Instead of a library themed Prezi, I thought I’d do one about my visit to Finland in 2002 when I went to represent Girlguiding UK at an International Scout Camp.
*UPDATE: I tried to embed my Prezi, but it wouldn’t display! You can find my Prezi here: ‘Satahanka X’
Slideshare is a really useful tool – we use it at work for putting our training presentations online where hospital staff can access it at anytime for a refresher (this means that PowerPoint and similar software now have the same sharing facilities that Prezi offers!) Our presentations are at http://www.slideshare.net/sathlibraries
The only downside here is that – as my MSc tutor pointed out – a good PowerPoint doesn’t have much writing. It encourages people to listen to you instead of reading the screen and takes away the temptation to just stand there and read slides. (And despite my seminar group being told not to do this, about 90% did it anyway!) The Presentation I gave to the other students about my dissertation was predominantly pictures, screenshots and graphs etc – on it’s own this doesn’t mean much, so sharing the slides would only be of use if you’d been at the original presentation, and then only if you remembered what was said. If there were a lot of presentations, say at a conference, the slides would loose all meaning on their own.