PowerPoint or Prezi?

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  1. TeachTN

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    Which do you prefer? I have been using PowerPoint so far, just made my first Prezi for use on Monday. I am being evaluated on Thursday and I am not sure if I should step out of the box again with Prezi or stick with PP....

    Are there other presentation programs available to break up the monotony??

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Brendan

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    I really need to look into Prezi for non-linear presentations. I prefer PowerPoint, but that is just me.
     
  4. Go Blue!

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    What is Prezi? I teach 95 minute blocks and rely on my PPTs to me through a good portion of that time. But if there is a better method; I'm all ears.
     
  5. gr3teacher

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    I used my first Prezi presentation for back to school night. I generally use Smart Notebook for most of my presentations, and will probably continue using it. Prezi seemed like a good format, but I'm a creature of habit. As far as I can tell, there was no way to use prezi off-line (in my... maybe hour and a half of being on the site), and that's a big turn-off for me, plus using a program designed for the Smart Board is very helpful.
     
  6. ku_alum

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    http://prezi.com/
     
  7. ku_alum

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    Meh.
    I don't think it will matter if you use PowerPoint or Prezi. I'd worry more about putting must main ideas (and not entire lecture) up for students. I also try to find other media to support what I'm teaching (easy to add to PowerPoint) like super short video clips or animations.
     
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  9. TeachTN

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    I was thinking about that KU_alum - I like the idea that I can put a link in the PP and click on it to start it. I may stick with PP for the observation until I am more comfy with Prezi.
     
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    Prezi makes me dizzy
     
  11. RadiantBerg

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    I agree, and I think it can be a bit confusing for kids too.

    I am a very linear thinker so I stick to PowerPoint.
     
  12. JustMe

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    I don't like Prezi.
     
  13. Teachling

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    The big advantage of Prezi is that it can be accessed from anywhere since its an online program. The problem I've run into is that sometimes there's been technical difficulties with the site. I'm going to try using it again this year and hopefully with the upgrades they've done, it'll work properly now.

    For my about me presentation, I used Haiku and loved it. It's a very simple presentation app that can be accessed from anywhere. I'm going to have the kids used that one too.
     
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    Prezi is terrible unless you are using it for very specific purposes like a timeline or flowchart. Even then I'd say PPT is just plain better. It can do everything Prezi can and so much more. Prezi is certainly "different" but that doesn't make it better. Powerpoint can be dreadful but that is not the fault of the program - just the user!

    I am falling kind of in love with POWtoon though I must admit. It is a video presentation tool that is built like a PPT presentation. Extremely great for short bits of information.
     
  15. teacherguy111

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    i have never used Prezi. I use powerpoint all the time because I worked out how to do a google search for just powerpoints :)

    Type "filetype:pps" then your topic, for example Lewis and Clark.

    Then all the things listed are powerpoints. I then just download and use them, instead of making them myself.

    I also use google presentations a lot too. It is very similar to powerpoint except it is online in your google drive. We use google for pretty much everything at my school. The students have chrome books, so they do all papers on google docs etc, and just share the folder with the teacher. I barely ever have to grade anything that is on paper, it is all on my laptop :)
     
  16. HistoryVA

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    You just use other people's PPTs for all your teaching?
     
  17. HistTchr

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    I probably sound like a geek here, but I love PowerPoints. Even my students love my PowerPoints. :cool: Believe it or not, just one of them told me that today. :lol:
     
  18. Jerseygirlteach

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    I believe he meant that, rather than reinvent the wheel every time, he finds relevant powerpoints online and incorporates them into his instruction.

    I do the exact same thing with Smartboard Exchange. There's nothing wrong with it.
     
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    Obviously I do not use other people's powerpoints for all of my teaching.... but I often find them and change them for my needs.

    Do you think I should not do that or something?
     
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    I also use smart exchange.... Anyone can use the powerpoints and smartboard lessons I have made also, I have no problem with anyone who wants to use them.
     
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    There's absolutely nothing wrong with it. If a person has placed it on the Internet and it's up for grabs, then I think it's a boon to our profession we're able to share. In turn, maybe he will create something and pay it forward.

    It's really no different than me creating a Word reading quiz and sharing it with others. Instead of a .doc, it's a .ppt. :)

    Especially with the advent of Common Core, I think now, more than ever, we should collaborate and work together. Why reinvent the wheel (as JerseyGirlTeach points out)?
     
  22. Peregrin5

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    I think both have its merits. The reason I don't use Prezi as much is because it just takes too long to put one together that looks nice, and I have better things to do than to graphically design a presentation students will find novel once or twice and then forget about.

    Instead I like to do one or two projects in which students have to put together a digital science poster, and prezi works great for it, especially if they have video to add.
     
  23. HistoryVA

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    Sure if you're doing it sometimes and tweaking it as the poster clarified, but I think I would look askance at a teacher who soley taught from "borrowed" materials. I've known a few teachers like that and it seems very lazy. Once in a while use and altering it slightly is fine if credit is still being given to the original source.
     
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    Never used Prezi so I'd say powerpoint.
     
  25. sunfishy

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    I would honestly suggest using Prezi. Prezi is a hot topic right now with the administration at my school and any educator that uses it is seen as tech savvy and praised.
     
  26. teacherguy111

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    Teaching solely on other people's powerpoints everyday would be extremely lazy and ineffective. I find it hard to believe any teacher would do that.... but you never know.
     
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    This is of course not directed at you, but it frustrates me when people do this. Just because it's newer or good for some applications doesn't mean the user is tech savvy and worthy of praise. PowerPoint users shouldn't be viewed as being behind the times.
     
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    I don't think that's always the case. I've seen people use powerpoints made by other teachers quite effectively. Why reinvent the wheel? It helps with time management as well and the teacher can focus on other things instead of building all of their own powerpoints.

    For the most part, at least in our state, the standards are the same for everyone teaching a certain grade. There are probably tons of resources out there.
     
  29. Go Blue!

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    Many of the Math teachers at my school use predesigned PPTs that come with the Curriculum they must also use. Every single day.
     
  30. Cicero

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    I love prezi, but I can make such a quick and easily powerpoint that I use PPT more often. However, they have updated prezi to the point that it is almost just as easy. I might transition into more prezis. Although, I do find that sometimes students get distracted by all the zooming around.
     
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    It was me who said I do use other people's powerpoints in my teaching. Someone criticized me and made it seem as though I do this solely for teaching.... which I obviously do not do. I am all not reinventing the wheel. I was basically trying to defend myself in saying that I do not ONLY use these.
     
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    Peregrin, did you read the other posts in this thread? I was replying to the accusation that I only use other people's powerpoints and never come up with my own ideas etc.
     
  33. Peregrin5

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    Sorry! Missed that bit.
     
  34. teacherguy111

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    Lol. It's ok. Just wanted to clarify.
     
  35. Teachling

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    And so what if you did? We're suppose to be supporting each other here! Using ppt from other teachers is NOT the only thing you do as a teacher. To make a blanket statement that it places you in the lazy category, well I can't even begin to address that - guess I'm lazy too.
    :p
     
  36. HistoryVA

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    I was the one who asked and I stand by what I said. Sorry, but I think that if (and I repeat IF) a teacher taught by powerpoint every day and just grabbed someone else's powerpoint off the internet and reshowed it without altering it and did this for every lesson, then I would absolutely see that teacher as lazy. I have known teachers in high schools who do this and it's simply bad practice to just always use and never contribute.
     
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    HistoryVA,
    I agree that is someone used that every single day it would be lazy..... but I do not do that.
     

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