Prezi is one of the leading Web 2.0 applications embraced especially by language teachers since it has the capacity to present information in a completely different way. In my previous Prezi posts, I have tried to show the basics of how to create a Prezi. In this post, I am going to show one way of using a Prezi in the reading classroom. Using Prezi as a tool to accompany the reading class can be an efficient and fun way to address the students' perceptions and their desires to experience something different. Here is how you can do it:
1. Paste (or write) your paragraphs into the editing canvas. This is quite easy, since all you have to do is to select the text in your Word document and then paste it (ctrl + V) anywhere on Prezi's canvas. Since all your paragraphs will be zoomed in individually, it is not important whether they have the same font size or not.
2. Decide how you are going to present your reading text. In other words, with what kind of media are you going to supplement your reading lesson? What I do is to decide which vocabulary/concepts need clarification through dictionary definitions, pictures or videos. Usually as a teacher you already know this when you prepare your lesson. Here are some techniques that you can use:
a) Dictionary definitions: You zoom into a word and paste/write the dictionary definition under/into the word.
b) Images: You zoom into the word/concept and insert an image into a suitable place in the word. .
The image has been inserted into the letter "n". It will be displayed full-screen in the presentation
c) Videos: You insert a video into the word/concept.
3. Determine your paths. As you know, Prezi is a linear presentation tool, which means that the information is presented in a sequential fashion. You have to number your objects on your canvas in the order that you want to present them. You will have to know in which order you are going to present your reading text and which items you will focus on while teaching it. Here are some techniques for determining your paths (of the righteous?):
a) Set your path numbers for your pre-reading part. If you have prepared a pre-reading part for your reading text, all you have to do is click each object in the order that you want your presentation to progress.
b) Select a whole paragraph as a path in your presentation. This way, the whole paragraph will be visible on the screen.
|This paragraph has been selected multiple times to return to full paragraph view|
|The word and an image in the word have been selected in the path|
d) Copy/paste a sentence/structure that you want to deal with individually onto a different place in the canvas and include it in the path. This way you can work on it separately (on screen) if you want to.
|The sentence has been positioned vertically to isolate it from the main paragraph|
e) Repeat above steps with the remaining paragraphs. This is how the whole presentation path will look like:
This is how the presentation looks like in Prezi:
Previous Prezi Posts:
Te@ch Me Prezi Part 1: What is it?
Te@ch me Prezi Part 2: The Basics
Te@ch me Prezi Part 3: The Bubble Menu