Earlier this year, we featured a great post by Rabbi Zach Swigard entitled, Everything You Need to Know About Prezi. He explained what Prezi is in a clear and precise manner that allowed you to see how you can use it to really enhance anything from shiurim to donor presentations. Since then, Prezi has made some major updates that have made it much easier to use! And so, if you’ve thought of using Prezi, but found it too complicated, below are two reasons why you should “take Prezi for a spin” and get comfortable with its interface.
Reason #1: Collaboration
Prezi allows you to work with others separately or in real time so you can see others’ edits instantly and easily collaborate with rabbis and educators who are on your faculty. In just a short amount of time, you’ll have a poweful Prezi that you can use in a class or to help you land a large donation from a potential donor. Below, is a video that shows how Artiphon, a Nashville-based music company, uses Prezi to collaborate:
Reason #2: Templates
Prezi has now created easy to use templates. This means that designing your own Prezi is now easier than ever before! Take for example the template called “Brainstorm: Cubing Method.” This template, is based on the brainstorming strategy outlined in the book, Writing, by Gregory Cowan and Elizabeth Cowan. With cubing, like with other brainstorming methods, you start with one topic, challenge or issue. Then, you apply six points of view (like the six sides of a cube) to the issue. Using this template, any rabbi or educator can simply copy and paste as needed, add notes to their “Brainstorm” template…and they are done! If this template doesn’t do the trick, there are several other aesthetically pleasing ones that you can choose to use.
Searching for Inspiration?
Below, is a recent example of how Prezi can truly enhance a class. Made by Ner LeElef graduate Rabbi Danny Gold, it is based on the NLE Morasha Syllabus class called: Caring for The Jewish Soul.
You can also view our roundup of great Jewish and Educational Prezis. Feel free to use them in your next class or even as a source of inspiration to design your very own Prezi. After reading this post, we encourage you to try Prezi and join the other rabbis and educators around the world who find it easy-to-use and a powerful vehicle that aids them in their avodas hakodesh!