Prezi is a cloud-based (SaaS) presentation software that is instantly recognizable by its Zooming User Interface (ZUI).  Initially it appears to have a PowerPoint feel, but quickly you notice that it is far more interactive through its non-linear approach.  Prezi makes it easy to attach media files, such as YouTube videos into your presentations.  Teachers have free access to the “Enjoy” account (normal price is $59 per year), which comes with the option of private presentations, and an extra 400 MB of storage space.

Prezi seems to be a great option for those teachers who use concept mapping or digital story telling in the classes.  It would be a good teaching tool for those visual learners who struggle to grasp the “big picture” of a topic, or how it relates to specific points you are instructing them on.  Instructional designers can use it to help them during their storyboarding phase of production.  But like all software, there are some downsides.  It is easy for one to go overboard with the zooming user interface, leading to nausea for viewers.  And because it utilizes the cloud, you need Internet access in order to view your presentations.  Overall Prezi is a great choice for those presenters who are getting bored with PowerPoint and Keynote.

Prezi in Action!

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