This was one of the Things I skipped over earlier on, primarily because I wanted to create a Prezi for a real purpose and not just waste some time playing with it. So I saved it up until I knew I had to do a presentation, and then I had to go for it. This week Cardiff Libraries in Co-operation (CLIC) held an event on Social media. I’m the chair of the CLIC staff development group and saw this as the perfect opportunity for me to do a talk on my experiences of cpd23, so added myself to the programme. Last week I finally got round to preparing for my talk, and suddenly the reality of using Prezi sunk in. I wrote a basic script for my talk, went along to Prezi.com and signed up for an account. Then I got scared. I had a brief look at some of the tutorials, but I can’t listen to things on my pc at work, so was a bit stumped with some of those. And I looked at the guides recommended. Blind panic set in, and I spent the rest of the day creating a Powerpoint (figuring that if nothing else I would at least have it to fall back on).
But I felt the shame of the FAIL.
So, half an hour before I went home I threw myself into Prezi, made myself do a couple of ‘slides’, I figured I could always delete it if it went horribly wrong.
The next day, having already started the previous day, it didn’t feel so bad, I was OK, I could do it. And so I did. The more I did, the more comfortable I felt, I added text, I imported photos and images, I made things big, I made things small, I even turned a few on their sides. I did feel however that I was missing something, that I hadn’t quite grasped how to create an overall concept, essentially I felt I was just creating a slightly more whizzy version of my Powerpoint. I tried having a look at some examples. The first one I looked at I really liked (and have not been able to find again since!), it was by a physicist, and was about MRI scans and how the brain worked, and I really liked how he tied it all together, it was a good example. A few others I looked at afterwards weren’t so good, and did highlight a few things that I wouldn’t do!
I think my Prezi is ok, its not amazing, I still think I am missing that overall concept, but I guess that might come with time and practice – and subject matter. I think my actual presentation would probably have worked as well with a Powerpoint, as in some ways it was a fairly linear talk. I think Prezi can probably be exploited in ways I haven’t thought of yet, but perhaps I will if I keep using it. Once I got the hang of it I did like it! And I hope I didn’t make people seasick! I’m also grateful for cpd23 giving me the opportunity/excuse/push into trying it out.
Anyway, if you want to take a look, here it is: cpd23: a voyage of discovery
I looked at my experiences of cpd23 as being on a voyage of discovery, and compared it in some places to Odysseus’ voyage home from Troy.