It always seems strange to me how new educational ideas first start of really big, chaotic debates that need to be discussed amongst a lot of people for a good deal of time.... to end up being a simple set of seemingly obvious ideas that can be rounded up in just a couple of minutes. The only thing is, only a handful of people can fit big chaotic discussions into a simple set of ideas. Kevin Roberts is such a math teacher guy.
In this prezi-driven video Kevin Roberts who put the prezi presentation together for the ASB un-plugged conference 2010 that took place in Bombay this February. If you are into mathematics check-out this great math-made-simple website made by Kevin and his colleagues. It has loads of information on math topics and documents. Kevin really knows how to use Web2.0 tools to engage 21st century learning for k12 and other students.
I got hold of this presentation thanks to John Mack from Australia, who is a great connector and networker. His tweets provide lots of good information and links.
The movie made by Kevin takes about 9 minutes. It starts slowly, but gains speed as it moves along. It puts forward ideas on how educators might make use of all the new technology to get students thinking more responsibly about the use of these technologies, and how to nurture learning skills that can last a lifetime. Kevin even links it to the digital blooms taxonomy, which I mentioned in an earlier post.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Prezi is rapidly becoming one of the new buzz words on the internet. Prezi enables anyone to quickly build a multimedia rich presentation/visual/mindmap... that offers all the flash dynamics you can wish for. This is not a software for the meek and weary, it is for those of us who like to jump, run, dive and stand out in a crowd.
For me this will be my presentation software of choice for the next couple of months. I have only been trying it out, so I still have to come to terms with the great detail it offers, but it already has blown my mind because it is so easy and looks so sleek, just look at the showcases. Just try it out, you will immediately feel the possibilities it offers. One minor remark: if you type in a link, it takes a bit of time for it to become active.
For eLearning purposes it offers the unique feature of enabling any learner to set out there own learning path. For those who rather put in a learning path, you can easily add it to the Prezi presentation as well. You can really draw the learner in, use different types of media, group the content if it is relevant or leave it to the learner's choice.
Prezi offers quick online tutorials to get started. There are different options, you can either go pro (119 €), go private (39 €) or use the free version (free).
This application was also one of the finalists in the Next Web Rising Sun Startup competition and although it did not win, it certainly got the jury raving. The Next Web conference took place 15, 16, 17 April 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. So it is crispy new.
It's groovy, it's now, it's blitzy... yes, it is Prezi (mmm, I suddenly remember why I did not go into copywriting for commercial companies).
This is what I could make in less than an hour.
It works mighty swiftly, this was my first try out: http://prezi.com/38600/