Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them. The result: visually captivating presentations that lead your audience down a path of discovery.
In the classroom, Prezi can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:
Map It! - Students use Prezi to create a map of a fictitious kingdom that will become the basis of a creative writing project.
21st Century Outline - Use Prezi to convey the sequential thoughts of an outline. This will help bring non-sequential thinkers into a deeper understanding of sequential thought by allowing them to begin with a mind map (which Prezi also does beautifully) and then connect ideas in a logical order with the Prezi tools.
1-Person Debate - Have students prepare the foundational information necessary for both sides of a debate. Using the rotation feature in Prezi, students illustrate point and counterpoint for each of the key ideas of their debate. This is a great way to bring in online learners.
Prez-biography - Use Prezi to create a biography of an historical figure. Post the Prez-biographies to the class website for permanent viewing.
How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?
Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.
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