My name is Penny Black and I am a Public Health Program Evaluator at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. As an evaluator, I am often called upon to present or facilitate discussions of evaluation results.
Rad Resource – Prezi: For years, the presentation tool standard has been Microsoft PowerPoint. I have recently begun to use, however, Prezi, a presentation software product that uses “zooming” technology to create visually stimulating presentations (www.prezi.com).
For those who haven’t used Prezi (or even heard of it), I thought it might be helpful to have a comparison of industry-standard PowerPoint and newcomer Prezi. Please note that this review is based on my personal experience, others may have different experiences and opinions.
|Splash factor||Small||Huge (it’s new, it can’t help but make a cannon-ball sized splash)|
|Design elements||Pretty basic; templates provide design elements such as columns for text and boxes for images||Pretty cool; frames, arrows, zooming, free-style drawing tools|
|User interface||Friendly; familiar to MS product users||Somewhat friendly; website provides helpful tutorial and examples|
|Templates||Available and modifiable||Available in the form of searching the prezi public database and using others’ prezis as templates; also modifiable|
|Easy to develop||Check!||Once you know what you’re doing, it’s smooth sailing|
|Last-minute editing||Easy and quick||A little cumbersome|
|Video capability||No; PowerPoint must be minimized to access videos in another application||Yes; videos can be embedded in the presentation|
|“Operating system”||Hard drive||Online (but can be downloaded)|
|Presenter notes||Includes dedicated space for notes and printing options||Does not have this capability (but I predict this is coming)|
|Printer friendliness||Great||Not great (but again, I anticipate this getting better as more users request improvements)|
|Motion sickness||Not an issue||Can be an issue if you’re not careful with transition frequency and depth effects|
|Cost||Usually sold as part of the Microsoft Office Suite, can cost several hundred dollars||Free! (see Rad Resource below for license information)|
Hot Tip: Use a dark background for better visibility in large rooms. Light backgrounds look great on your computer monitor but wash out on a projection screen or whiteboard.
Rad Resource: Student/Teacher Licenses: Prezi offers three licenses: Public (free), Enjoy ($59/yr), and Pro ($159/yr), each license offering progressively more features. There is also a free 30-day trial for the Enjoy and Pro licenses. Students and Teachers can sign up for a free Enjoy license (called EduEnjoy) or a reduced price Pro license (EduPro: $59/yr).
Rad Resource: AEA Coffee Break webinar – Easy as Prezi: A Powerpoint Alternative. Free to AEA members, this webinar presents a great demonstration of creating and using Prezi. Watch it now!
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