This morning, I checked my Twitter to find that Garr Reynolds was once again reading my mind:
Last month, I went to a Faculty Development Workshop on Prezi. According to their website, “Prezi 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” (Source).
Phil Waknell gives a fantastic review of Prezi. He says, “The result [of Prezi] is that the presenter is focusing too much on the visuals, and not enough on the audience. This can lead to beautiful visuals, but a failure to communicate effectively. That is one way in which the use of Prezi breaks the link between the presenter and the audience” (Source).
Waknell adds, “If the audience spends all its time looking at the projector screen, rarely looking at the speaker, that connection is lost, and the speaker might as well not be on the stage at all, and instead just record a voice-over” (Source). He claims that Prezi becomes the star of the show (Source).
I agree with Waknell that it distracts from the connection with the audience AND forces the majority of the attention on the visual presentation instead of the presenter. I agree with Reynolds that Prezi is exciting at first and then overstimulating, bewildering, dizzying, disorienting… just a little too much. Prezi, for me, is just gimmicky. Check out some examples of Prezi here to see what I mean.
What do you think about Prezi?