Over the last few months I've been playing around with Prezi and given some presentations using it both inside and outside the library. Managers and staff were really interested in this alternative to PowerPoint and wanted to know more so I've been running a series of workshops for library staff on how to use prezi! The workshops were hands on and covered the whole prezi making process from woe to go. I made a prezi to show the class on 'how to use prezi' (above) and then as a class we made one together from scratch. I was surprised (probably shouldn't have been) by the diversity of creativity and skill levels within each group and luckily had two helpers with me. For example, in one class we had to repeatedly remind people to open a new browser tab when opening YouTube and Flickr! They kept losing their prezi! Luckily prezi auto saves so all was not lost. The most common problem was people having trouble using the mouse? I'm not sure why - maybe it was the combination of one click and double clicks you need to master?
My main tips were:
- Create a Student/Teacher account if you have a .edu.au email address because you get a huge amount of storage space which means you can embed images and video to your hearts content
- Think of it like a poster you can zoom in on
- Aim for simple uncluttered design
- Be creative! Surprise them!
- Group ideas together in frames
- Don't do too many dramatic zooms - known as the sea-sickness effect
- Begin and end with the whole picture so people get a good overview of the content