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Prezi as an Artifact-Organizing Tool

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 07, 2011
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013

April 7th, 2011 

Prezi is a bit of a phenomenon as a presentation tool (http://prezi.com ), but for the portfolio community it offers something else: It’s a fabulous mind-mapping tool and therefore useful for students to organize portfolio artifacts.

Mind-mapping usually means you have to create something in the mind-mapping space from scratch, but Prezi is a Web-based tool that you connect to at Prezi.com and create your Prezi at that site, so it works fast. Students can upload files to Prezi and spread them out on the "canvas” that Prezi presents. Then, artifacts can seamlessly be moved about, re-ordered then moved "back” to see the larger picture. One can zoom back in and grab an artifact to put it somewhere else. (To see a good example of a Prezi presentation, go to http://www.aaeebl.org/western_resources and click on the link to "Evolution of Format….”)

Once a student has selected the artifacts to show (photos, text, video, etc), then she can create a map through the artifacts so the mind-map of artifacts becomes a guided tour, moving from one artifact to the next in the pre-sent order determined by the student.

I cannot imagine a better tool for organizing artifacts on a large canvas to see a big picture and then order them for a presentation. Prezi is free if you use it just on the Web and don’t exceed its general storage capacity. Consider it as an organizing and integrating tool for portfolio courses.

I recently wrote an article about Prezi:

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/03/16/prezi-offers-an-alternative-to-powerpoint.aspx

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