Madly in love with Prezi

Serendipitous is: discovering the wonders of Prezi, via Lisa Johnson's tweet, on the very morning that I was going to start working on my slides for some talks. It took me an hour or so to get the hang of Prezi, and then all I could do was try not to let my gleeful delight with the application overwhelm the fact that, hello, I was supposed to be concentrating on my ideas and not on the slides per se.

The talks I was giving were to different groups of students at Raffles Institution (or Raffles Junior College, or Raffles Institution (Junior College), depending on what nomenclature you grew up with slash prefer). To one group I threw out some thoughts on the writing of Singapore: A Biography and Singapore history in general, to another I was talking about writing and being a writer. Apropos of neither topic, one student asked if I would go back and change my decision to take a government scholarship at the age of 19 (see my essay "Once Bonded" in s/pores for more context). I told her to go reread the essay and, if need be, a recent blog entry.

After the talks were over, I felt immediately like passing out. Despite my teaching experience, I always forget how tiring it is to get up there and speak to and engage with a new audience.

But hey: Prezi! Now I can't wait till the next time I have an excuse to play with it.

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At 5/13/2010 8:51 am , Blogger Ai said...

I have to admit I find Prezi cool in theory but slightly dizzying in practice. I also wonder how well people will be able to recall Prezi stories, when we're so well trained to follow presentations in a linear fashion. That said, I have had a professor solve this problem very nicely. He placed the big circles all in a line from top to bottom, and then zoomed in to each big circle one by one, so you could see the details but still know where you were in the big picture. Perhaps something to try for your future Prezis!

At 5/13/2010 9:42 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Yeah, I think Prezi offers opportunities for communicating differently. There's still structure, just a different shape to it. It's also good for brainstorming and then applying a structure or sequence to the notes afterwards, without having to start from scratch to build a slideshow (and given the annoying limitations of Powerpoint).

I also want to try out VoodooPad as an idea bank slash brain dump.

At 5/14/2010 5:20 pm , Blogger Ai said...

VoodooPad does look like fun.

Btw I looked up the Great Zucchini article you mentioned in your Prezi. And wow. That is the best written piece I've read in a really long time. When you come across more such amazing reads, could you please tweet them? :)

At 5/15/2010 1:43 pm , Blogger Tym said...

Will try! I read so much interesting stuff that it'd take too long to try to catalogue and share them all, and I lack the discipline to go through my browser history regularly to generate such a list.

Anyway Longform.org is a really great resource. I RSS'd it as soon as I found the site.


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