As I’m so behind with the 23 Things I have decided to throw caution to the wind and pick at random the ones I want to do so I’m afraid the ordering has now gone haywire. Probably a terrible thing for an Archivist to do but hey, I’m a maverick.
Thing 13 is to give Prezi a go. It’s an online tool which allows you to create presentations with a bit more wow factor than your common or garden PowerPoint. I first came across Prezi in action at some interview presentations I attended. I was treated to an excellent Prezi presentation using lots of the wizzy features available which was swiftly followed by another candidate’s presentation which was dull as dish water and didn’t really use Prezi as anything other than a prettier PowerPoint. Having had a quick look at a couple of intro videos it has became clear that although Prezi does look very modern and I really like the graphics, if you don’t actually need anything more than static slides then PowerPoint is still a very useful tool. Prezi is very good at showing connections between ideas and going back and forward if you need to return to a previous point without having to duplicate the slide as you would do in PowerPoint.
I’ve been thinking about creating a Prezi for the history of the College presentation I am often asked to give (at staff inductions and UCAS open days etc) but my main concern was that if I didn’t want to pay for private Prezis I would have to make it open and that caused me some copyright concerns about the images I wanted to use. What I hadn’t realised was that you can get a free private section if you are from an educational institution – great! I haven’t had time to tackle the history presentation just yet – I feel like it would take me quite a while to sort it all out – but I have made a start on a presentation I am giving for Learning at Work Day after Easter on where to start when you want to find out more about your family history. The beginnings of the presentation is here (I can’t for the life of me work out how to embed it in this post) – please don’t judge the content too harshly as I haven’t really thought about it yet, I was just using it as a way to try out creating a Prezi.
The software took a little bit of getting used to but I was helped by the fact I had seen a finished Prezi in action so I already knew to a certain extent what was possible. I need to have a bit more of a play about before I feel totally confident with it but it does seem pretty easy to pick up at least the basics.