Thinking about a new box
So at the end of the pondering here’s what we are going to do… The biology students are going to develop their food web’s using Prezi and will illustrate the complex relationships using the text, image and picture tools within Prezi. They will then develop a path through their Prezi to explain the relationships they have illustrated and at the same time will develop a narration for the presentation. Using Jing, they will then capture a screencast of the Prezi as it plays and will read their narration, creating a food web that is dynamic, interesting and unique.
The grade five class will use their Prezi to develop a mind map of concepts related to their unit of study. They will use the Prezi as a learning journal throughout the unit and will (as a culminating activity) link all the notes they have taken on their Prezi with a focus on explaining the relationships between the different pieces of information they have gathered. Again, they will design a path through their mind map, develop a narration, create a screencast using Jing and record their narration as the screencast takes place.
Where this really shines is when the students begin to design their path through their information and explain the relationships along that path. So while Prezi is designed as a presentation tool with a difference, the way it works and the way it allows the creator to work with it has opened up some great opportunities for students to be creative, unique and inventive when displaying their knowledge about a given topic. And essentially, the finished product should be good enough to present to anyone interested in learning more about that particular topic.