Posts Tagged ‘prezi’
I have added two new “static” pages to my blog.
The first is a link to my e-portfolio. It is not complete (nor will it ever be since it will evolve) and I do this mainly to illustrate how one might maintain an e-portfolio outside the confines of an LMS.
The second has links to my Prezi presentations. This page, along with the others will spread the portfolio out in logical, more manageable chunks.
Today, I present to the executive committee of the Office of Teacher Education some directions that the Centre for e-Learning (CeL) might take under my stewardship.
My tool of choice is Prezi because I can embed YouTube videos and PDFs as well as move about the canvas more flexibly.
This is a YouTube video based on a Prezi presentation that speaks for itself.
Yes, there are spelling errors in the presentation. But guess what? You can reuse the Prezi, correct the mistakes, improve the presentation and then share it. That is another example how we should be teaching and learning in this day and age.
I have led my ICT classes through another game-based learning module. After a bit of tinkering, I think I have something I can suggest to my colleagues.
This semester I included a different presentation at the end of the module: My favourite Prezi presentation platform!
Most of my teacher trainees have been actively blogging about their gaming experiences. If you asked me for one that stands out, it has to be Verin’s reflection after the second gaming session. She linked some of James Paul Gee’s learning principles after experiencing gaming from a student’s perspective. Putting on a teacher’s hat, she came to this conclusion:
It is not necessary to engage in games, per se, to be involved in game-based learning in the classroom. This is because we should look at the strategies behind them and incorporate them into our teaching.
Speaking of blogs, a friend on Facebook sent out a notification that the Jurong Regional Library is having a gaming session. See the Rambling Librarian’s blog entry for details.
This was recently featured in the Straits Times.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Second Life (SL) is not a game. There are no levels to go through, points to get, or game bosses to kill. It is a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE).
There are MUVE games like World of Warcraft, but SL is not a game. As its name implies, SL is another life you can live. It can be as mundane or as exciting as you want it to be. You can recreate your existing life or live out a fantasy. If you wish to create a game-like environment, you can. But SL is not a game in itself. It is a virtual space to create and collaborate.
Newspapers do a disservice by spreading this sort of misinformation. Label SL a game and other layperson perceptions creep in: Violence, addiction, anti-social behaviour, no educational value, time-wasting, etc. This could not be further from practice. Half the battle to win the minds of an overly critical but ignorant public is lost.
This is one reason why I include SL and other 21st century learning environments in the ICT course that I facilitate. I offer a Prezi presentation on educational SL to any and all who are interested. But the best thing you can do is get a SL avatar, try it out for yourself and read about the powerful things that people are doing with it to promote meaningful learning.
I just received email notification from Prezi that they are going public on Apr 5.
What does this mean for those with beta accounts? Prezi says:
On April the 5th if you don’t already have a Pro license, your account will change: You will go into “Trial” mode which means that you can do 3 more Prezis before you will have to choose between a free or two paid licenses. All your existing presentations will stay intact.
What if you don’t already have an account? Go get one (or view the showcase) and see what the hype is all about!
Some tool updates at the Prezi blog.
This week marked the end of formal lessons for the course I facilitate. I attempted to bring some “closure” to the readings, YouTube viewings, and experiences on 21st century learners and learning environments with my Prezi-based presentation on Teaching for the Future.
Over the next two weeks, my preservice teachers do walkabout presentations of their final projects. It is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the end of the course.
Someone prepared a Prezi-based presentation on educational gaming. There was no information in the presentation or at Prezi at the time I viewed it so I cannot attribute it to anyone in particular.