For my last class on Teaching Strategies in Healthcare Education, I made a presentation on Mobile Learning as a Teaching Strategy in Healthcare Education using Prezi (see below – sorry content doesn’t display on iPhone). I had tried out Prezi almost exactly a year ago, and found the authoring interface frustrating. I must say, the authoring interface is certainly better now than it was, but I still don’t like that it won’t let me specify (using numbers) the size of text and objects. As a result, I end up with text and objects that are close in size but not exactly the same.
As a presenter, the experience was fun, and my classmates enjoyed it too. My key learning about building Prezi presentations was to make the primary path (the path I thought I was going to present), as a circular pattern on the screen. Specifically, avoid transitions that require scrolls across the entire “page” of the presentation, as these animations move too quickly making the audience dizzy.
I was also very glad to use the iPad as a presentation tool. When I decided to change the order of my presentation mid-talk, it was really easy to just squeeze in the page, and redirect to a new section. The touch interface made my navigation go so much smoother than I could do with a mouse. The thing I don’t like about the Prezi iPad application is that it doesn’t let me edit the presentation. So, when I discovered a typo, I was stuck. I couldn’t even edit it from the Safari browser on the device – when I tried, it said that editing was disabled on my device :(.
If you are interested in the paper or a short post on the paper about Mobile Learning as a Teaching Strategy for Healthcare Education, let me know (leave a comment or send an email) and I’ll put a post together.