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Does linear thinking, as you move through a PowerPoint presentation, turn the page, or scroll

down the screen, limit your creativity? Open up the world of the infinite canvas. Prezi and Ahead

provide a new kind of presentation environment, taking full advantage of the digital screen to let

you zoom in and out of a presentation whose structure, logic, layout and orientation are under

your control. You just start with one big page, lay out your elements, format their size and

orientation, and then create a path of screen-view for your audience.

In the workshop, we'll look at some examples of Prezi and Ahead presentations to show their

unique and powerful features; then have some time to get started with Prezi.




Be sure to follow the SubPlot: Homer Versus Vitruvian



This is from the Prezi team and quickly gives an idea of

the power that an "infinite canvas" provides.







This is an example of a Concept Map Schematic for Frolich Anatomy and Physiology Class. Took two hours to create from scratch, although the Head, as you'll see, is still unfinished! I plan to play this as my students enter the first day of class...and then return to it at the end of the semester. Their feedback on this concept map map could be part of our "outcomes assessment."




Frolich Website
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Prezi free versus paid service comparison (for educators)--link


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PLAY WITH PREZI--online version is free.





Ahead--more sophisticated infinite canvas with features for designers and artists



Ahead Presentation Example






Prezi Versus Ahead

PREZI

AHEAD

EASE/INTUITIVENESS OF USE

easier at first
more features allow for easily changing and controlling the presentation

LEARNING CURVE

lower initially
steeper learning curve

FONTS AND LAYOUTS

only provides general templates
can control many aspects including fonts, colors, background, layers

FREE VERSION

full feature, 500MB of storage
full feature, 300 MB of storage

PAID VERSION

gives desktop tool, 2GB of storage
more web and server control, 3 GB of storage

INTERNET REQUIRED

paid version with desktop development, download presentation to local computer
development and delivery always online

WHO USES IT

businesses, educators, public presenters
designers, artists

SUMMARY

Prezi is easy to learn, has limited design and format features, allows for local download of presentation and, with paid version, local desktop development of presentation. It's used a lot by educators...you can be up and running in a one-hour workshop.
Ahead is more sophisticated with Photoshop-like layer control, uses a lot of Adobe features, is harder to learn, gives a slicker look and, with paid version, high level of web control. Has no local development or delivery--everything is online. Used a lot by artists and designers.


More on The Infinite Canvas


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Scott McCloud, the cartoon-lover's intellectual explains the infinite canvas...in detail--link


And if you just want to paint on an infinite canvas... and be social about it...here it is--the web canvas--link
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Facilitators
Larry Frolich, Math & Science Division, Prescott
Thatcher Bohrman, Instructional Technology Coordinator, TELS
Iain Davidson, TELS