An alternative to PowerPoint, the "zooming presentation editor" Prezi has been around some time now, and whenever I go to a conference now there seem to be several people using it.
In class, with language learners and teachers, we've done some fun things with Prezi. As always, I prefer them to use the technology, rather to use it myself, and we've generally seen a Prezi demonstration which I've created of the task I'm asking them to do and the learners have then created their own Prezis either at home or in a computer room, which they have then used to accompany oral presentations to the rest of the class.
However, for the IH Barcelona ELT Conference (February 4-5) I thought I'd try giving a formal presentation for myself for the first time.
In doing a little careful research first, apart from the very useful tutorials to be found on Prezi.com itself, and the example presentations featured there, I found this excellent slideshow by Ned Potter, which has some great tips.
Thanks, Ned, I learnt a lot from it — particularly converting all my. jpg images to .pdf , for better resolution. Ned suggests online-convert.com, though I used Zamzar, and the images look much sharper.
To get it "right" has taken quite some time and I'm not entirely convinced that Prezi is that much of an improvement on PowerPoint. No matter what the tool, the presentation itself has still got to be good — and the actual tool used is perhaps really not so important.
We have "Death by PowerPoint"; "Death by motion sickness in Prezi" is an equally likely scenario.
I've not tried this yet (it just landed in my mailbox this morning) but now you can have up to 10 people collaborating live in a single Prezi.
You'd probably want participants — like your students — to be familiar with Prezi before you begin (it takes 30-45 minutes to get your head round using the Prezi interface), but the meeting option looks cool.
I like Prezi: if you're looking for an alternative to PowerPoint, it's excellent: it has far fewer options (which makes it much easier to learn) and it goes down great with kids, who are already bored with PowerPoint.
Here's an idea using Prezi, a fun alternative to PowerPoint, which makes minimal use of technology (a good thing), for practising conditionals, and would actually make for a fun piece of homework.
Here, I've taken an example produced on pieces of paper by learners on a recent technology training course, and I've created the presentation. Clearly, however, you want your learners to be doing the work. Who should use the technology, the teacher or the learners…? The latter, if you ask me — almost always.