The Philosophy at Prezi: Slideshows are Boring

In the digital age, slide shows have become the presentation tool of choice, and, as any public speaking expert can tell you, they are one of the most misused tools on the planet. Enter Prezi, a web-based presentation tool that, instead of discrete slides, uses the fluid motion of zooming to move from one idea to the next. A Prezi presentation consists of one very large document on which you can position text and images and then allow the view to zoom in on different sections in a predetermined sequence as you proceed through your presentation. This gives a Prezi presentation a dynamic cinematic quality that can be used to highlight your flow of ideas and keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Prezi offers a free account on which all presentations are public and viewable by anyone but also offers paid accounts with more space, access to support, the ability to use your own logo, and, with the “Pro” account, a desktop application that allows you to create and edit presentations offline. If you think Prezi sounds Interesting, you can sign up to try it through their website and be on the lookout for a Savvy Researcher workshop in the fall. If you’re not sure if you want to sign up for an account, you can still view some of the many Prezi presentations that are viewable online.

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