A few people have asked what I used for the slideshow that accompanied my Social Media Best Practices presentation; it’s a web-based tool called Prezi (www.prezi.com). If you’re so inclined, you can interact with the slideshow here.
It gives you a huge canvas to work with and streamlines the process of putting together a slideshow by limiting the options for adding content. One of the coolest features of Prezi is that you can either map out a path you’d like to navigate through OR you can click on any item to zoom in on it (giving one a lot of flexibility in doing an extemporaneous presentation). In addition to online hosting – Prezi offers the option of downloading your slideshow as a flash document.
The only problem I’ve had with Prezi is that on occasion it will fail to load images that I’ve uploaded (they just go dead and never fully load and one has to delete them and replace them. Other than that the experience has been excellent.
For my peeps in education, Prezi currently offers a free education package – for details click here.
[Caution Spoilers] After “Ain’t It Cool News” tipped me off that Facebook “fans” of “Community” can watch the pilot episode free on Facebook, I signed up and watched the episode to see how it treats Community Colleges. In the way of disclosure, not only do I work at a community college as an administrator and adjunct faculty – but I’m the product of two years at Lansing Community College in mid-Michigan (one of the best experiences of my life).
For what it’s worth, I know that community colleges (like many workplaces) are ripe for satire. I’ve seen plenty of sitcom-worthy material (like a professor who happens to own a chain of strip clubs and recruits dancers from the student population). My hackles only go up when jabs at community colleges are directed at the students, cheapening their earnest efforts to improve their lives.