May 29 – 3: Videos in the classroom

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to hear how my Prezi went today, so I won’t make you wait any longer:

I think it worked.

I won’t know for sure until next year, when I see how many of my students actually take part in the summer reading program I was promoting today. But with the music and the zooming effects and everything, it definitely got and held most of my students’ attention. And it seemed like they paid more attention to it than they usually pay to me when I stand and present information to them. And really, it wasn’t much more work than putting together a PowerPoint – the Prezi interface is pretty easy to use. The only extra work is setting up the frames that you want the camera to zoom to and from. I think next year I’m going to be leaning on Prezi a lot for things that I need to introduce to my kids.