I have "played with" prezi for presenting background information on Shakespeare's play Hamlet. I could add documents, video, and audio. I love the feature that allows you to create a "path" as to how you want to move from one topic to another. Unlike a powerpoint presentation, a prezi can keep the audience guessing as to where it is going to take them. I also like the zoom in/out feature.
A group of students from last year used it to present their chapters of Lord of the Flies in a jigsaw project. They incorporated background information and details of their chapters and then they showed a video - all using prezi. It is definitely more visually appealing than a powerpoint presentation. It lends itself to more creativity!
I have also used Prezi quite a bit. I really like it as an alternative to a PowerPoint but I've noticed that in the terns of use it says you must be 18 years old or older. This is a problem when teachers are letting their students use it. I know there is an educational account so I'm not certain if that solves the problem. I would like to know what others think.
When I took a workshop at the Trumbull County Educational Service Center the instructors never stated that prezi could not be used by anyone under the age of 18.I can't imagine they would suggest it to educators if students students were not to be using the site. I had taken the workshop a couple of years ago and maybe things have changed since then. I will have to let the instructors know of this condition of use.
I agree that this is the educational account but it still says:
"Adults Only. The Prezi Service is intended for adults only. You must be 18 years old – or, if the age of majority in your state or province is greater than 18 years, such age of majority in your state or province – or have obtained the consent of your parent or guardian to use the Prezi Service. In accordance with U.S. Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA),"
Later in the document it describes the different types of accounts, including the one you have indicated.
This was a great hit at the last conference. It is www.drawastickman.com
Students read prompts and continue to draw.
You can then make a story map and eventually a composition out of the stickman scenario. Your mouse/cursor is your drawing pen. Draw the stickman and then click "done." Continue drawing when prompted and click "done."
You just HAVE to try it.
What's wrong with getting permission from parents? Seems like it would be a good way to provide information to parents about what's going on in the classroom and about the Internet Protection Act. Is it because new tools are always being discovered and it would require extra work to keep getting permission and then what do you do about these ones who don't get permission?
Does anyone have a letter, newsletter article, web page, etc where this information can be shared. I would love to see some examples to share with a class I begin teaching later this month.
I have an idea to do a Middle School Literary Magazine to showcase student creations. Does anyone know of a site that would let us create and then publish to our school website. I have already checked out Flippingbook but was wondering if anyone knew of a free site I could use. Also if you have any suggestions at all about this type of thing, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Great idea! There are a number of tools out there to create online books in the epub format (and others), some of which are free. However, can you comment more on whether you want a more "traditional" magazine format or if you are considering incorporating any video or audio? This kind of project could lend itself well to a podcast or vodcast format. That said, you may only want to consider an online type of magazine that end users can move through at their own pace. Let us know what you think about those ideas and I'm sure folks will have lots of great suggestions for you!!
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Our high school literary magazine was created using www.youblisher.com . I have used the site to publish my family recipe book. The publication of your work is free. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on the site.