If you’re tired of slides, there are new online tools bound to shake up the bullet-point crowd.
I’m not a PowerPoint hater. I think it’s a great tool. It’s just misused by presenters who think more bullets, more text, more slides = better presentation.
The new tools enable more visual representation, better media integration and support storytelling versus bullet reading.
Prezi lets you create your presentation on a canvas instead of individual slides. You build your presentation in frames; it can include collections of text, shapes, links and media. Frames are like slides, except you can animate around the frame and between frames — including zooming in and out — as part of your presentation.
It allows you to create your Prezi right in your Internet browser. You can download the final Prezi to your computer for offline viewing/presentation. There’s educational licensing (for teachers and students), a free public version, a $59/year license and a $159/year license. You can check out the licensing options and sign up here. There are a lot of demo videos, instructional Prezis, documents and a community that will help get you over your slide dependency for your next presentation. To read my blog post comparing Prezi and PPT, click here.
Storify is a way to present a story using social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. You search social networks sites with keywords right in Storify and then drag elements onto your storyline to create your story. You can add custom text and links to modify your story as you see fit.
Storify moves away from traditional presentation approaches by allowing you to capture the best of what’s in social media to tell the story. Storify eliminates the need to copy and paste social media content into a PPT or Prezi or blog. And all original sources are cited in your storyline, so there are no attribution issues. You can check out the Storify I created about Harrisburg University’s Virtusphere here. It’s still in public beta right now, so you need to request an account versus creating an account for immediate access.
What do you think about Prezi and Storify?
Andy Petroski is director and assistant professor of Learning Technologies at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.