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Minimum digital skills level of Students
Minimum digital skills level of Educators
The recipe is aimed at educators or students who wish present topics on any topic in a more engaging way.
- Internet connection
- Prezi user account
The recipe enables educators and/or learners to create or co-create new digital educational resources or to modify existing digital resources by using Prezi, a free presentation software. It enables educators to create engaging presentations for a specific topic or learning goal.
How to do it (step by step)
Go to www.prezi.com
Click the “Log in” button.
Now you see the welcoming screen. Click on “Create a new prezi” button to get started.
Choose a template. Click “Use template” to confirm your choice. If you don’t like any of the templates, click “Start blank prezi”.
On the screen that now opens up, you will be able to see your presentation. On the left hand side you have an overview of all your slides.
To begin creating your presentation, click on the field that reads “Click to add text” in bold to give your first frame a title. Once your cursor is in that text field, a small floating toolbar will appear above your cursor that allows you to modify the font settings.
Add as many slides as required by your respective presentation by clicking on the “+” circle button on the top left corner of the page; add your textual information using the methods described above.
The easiest way to reorder your frames is to simply click and hold on the overview of your frames on the left hand side and dragging it to its desired position. Alternative to dragging slides on the left, you can use the path manager to change slide order; just click on the “Edit Path” button on the bottom left hand side of to get started.
After you click on the “Edit Path” button, lines connecting each slide will appear; to change the order of the slides click on the numbered button next to a slide and drag it to a new slide. If you want to add another path simply click on the small “+” circle button and drag it into a new slide or object to place it into your presentation.
If you wish to add photos or videos click on “Insert” at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear that will allow you to add an image, YouTube video, an arrow and much more. If you wish to add a video, continue with Step 11. To add a photo click on “image” from the drop down menu and a side menu will appear with pre-loaded images; you can select one of their images or add your own by clicking on the “Select files” button and searching your computer files for the desired image. Add your image to a frame by clicking and dragging into your frame of choice.
To add a video using the “insert” menu, click on “YouTube video. A small pop up screen will appear; paste the YouTube video URL on this text field and click on the “Insert” button and the video will be added to your presentation.
Prezi allows you to further adapt your presentation. If you wish to further customize your presentation continue with step 13. If you are done with your presentation go to step 17 to save your presentation.
In order to further customize your presentation, click the “Customize” button towards the top centre of the page in order to edit the theme. You will now be able to select an image from your computer to set as a background by clicking on the “choose file” button. From this screen you can also select a colour as a background by clicking on “colour” or select from pre-made themes by clicking on them.
To further customize the look and feel of your Prezi, click on the “edit path” button found on the bottom left hand side of the page; once you do that, lines connecting each slide as well as a small star icon will appear on the screen. Click on the star icon of any particular frame to begin customizing the effect Prezi applies to each frame’s text.
You can apply a fade in effect to the text in your frame by clicking on it; if you are successful a green star with a number corresponding to the order of animation will appear. If you wish to turn off the animation simply click on the green (it will turn into a red x when your mouse hovers over it) and the star should disappear. To reorder the animation, remove the animation from your text and re-add them again in the order you wish by clicking on the text in the order in which you want it to animate and once you are done with that frame simply click on “done” at the top of that screen.
If you wish to edit your theme more precisely, go back to the Customize panel and scroll to the bottom, once there click on the “Advanced” button. This will make a small screen pop up that has many more options to customize your theme.
If you’re done, click the “Exit” button. Your presentation will be saved automatically.
There is more…
You need to have a user account in order to use Prezi. Once you have entered all your information, simply click on the “Create your free Public account” button, towards the bottom of the page.
The basic Prezi account is free. However, with this account all your presentations will be publicly visible. There are paid versions too, which offer more features and allow you to keep your Prezis private.
You can also view other users’ presentation and use these if you wish to.
- To create a free basic Prezi user account: https://prezi.com/signup/basic/
- How to use Prezi: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Use-Prezi/
- How to use Prezi Tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCkvy4Gvqw8