Presentation Outline, by Sean MacEntee: Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/5690542503/ and used according to a Creative Commons Attribution License
Prezi is far less text-based than is PowerPoint. Though you can add images, videos, or hyperlinks to PowerPoint slides, this non-text content is more prominent in Prezi. Why is this point important? Let me demonstrate with my own Prezi.
The first image shows a display I created for USM’s Franco-American Collection. The hyperlink leads to the Women in French website (I manage library subscriptions for this group’s journal.). The second image represents the Pleasant Note Coffeehouse, where I perform. I also usher for Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre, and the video comes from a CLT production.
My Prezi would mean little to most viewers unless I explained each item. With less text the presenter has to explain the slides or elaborate on them. This elaboration would engage listeners more than would a simple reading from the slides.
Images are such a part of our culture that the Association of College & Research Libraries has developed visual literacy standards. Prezi is one way to practice using images effectively. Read next week’s post for more about Prezi.