I love stories and I consider myself a good story teller. As a math teacher I tell stories about mathematics , mathematicians and about doing mathematics. Firstly, I do this because I love it and secondly because my students like it and I think it is a most effective instructional tool in teaching mathematics . Instruction via storytelling creates more realistic, powerful and unforgettable images in the student mind than any other means of delivering the same material. Teaching students by storytelling is an effective way to keep the learners occupied and PREZI offers a great platform to achieve it. In this week’s blog post I am reviewing Prezi, an awesome presentation tool which has a potential to make teaching moments memorable.
Prezi is a visual storytelling software presentation tool which is a great alternative to traditional slide-based presentation programs which we use in classrooms. Prezi uses a large canvas that allows us to move and approach to different parts of the canvas and
underline the ideas presented there, it also supports the use of text, images and videos and also offers a collection of models to choose from and help new users get used to the interface.
Let me acknowledge a fact that as an educator I invest a lot of my time in creating presentations and use it in my classroom but most of the time it will be boring and I end up having a dull presentation that will not keep my students interested and in a math class, as a math teacher I cannot afford this. It takes a lot of creativity and in-depth knowledge of using software’s to create interactive and informative presentation but Prezi offers a great solution for educators with its unique platform of making and delivering presentations. As an alternative of slides and boring animation, Prezi infuse fun and creativity into our presentation.
After reviewing Prezi, I found it very straightforward presentation and easy to use, even for a first timer like me. We have total control over the details such as font size, adding audio files and images, importing PowerPoint slides, Embed PDF’s, sharing in social media etc. It also comes with a number of templates which we can use and still gives us flexibility to relate it to our topic and make it interesting. Prezi creates splendid visual impact in the classroom with its cinematic experience of the zooming function and students will feel ecstatic with the topic which we have designed. The presentation can also be easily shared on the internet and can be accessed by our students at home and they can navigate with Prezi and play around with it observing the connections of ideas and visualize concepts.
The strength’s and advantages of Prezi are enormous yet it has some weaknesses too. The first issue which caught my attention is that it lacks auto correction feature which can be a hassle for users. Prezi is completely web based, even thought it is an advantage but in few circumstances, it can be disadvantage when we have a limited internet access. It is not printer friendly so printing out our presentation may become a challenge to students.
Overall, Prezi is a great tool that most of us would find very useful in the classroom, especially for Math teachers like me. It is a visual storytelling software alternative which will be great advantage to educators and embeds cinematic experience in classrooms which makes teaching moments memorable. I believe that storytelling in mathematics is an excellent approach for creating a safe-learning environment where a student might openly appreciate, comprehend and enjoy mathematics. I feel that storytelling in mathematics classroom creates an atmosphere of imagination, excitement, and thinking which make math fun and memorable for students and by the help of Prezi we can create such an atmosphere in our classroom.
Emerging new tools and multimedia can definitely make storytelling easier, especially if the concept we want to share is complicated like mathematics. What do you guys think? will it be another distraction to students? I fell storytelling is an exceptional tool in mathematics education. How could you see this used in your own subject area?
Until next time, happy blogging!