This blog post is about a day spent working with FE students at University for the Creative Arts, Rochester campus, 8th March 2012.
About 70 FE students (16-17 year olds) were working on an assessed project about maps called ‘Mappa Mundi’; I was invited to give a workshop to them about using Prezi in this context (3 x one-hour sessions in a computer room).
(link here if the Prezi doesn’t display below – recommend playing with volume on mute)
(taken from an email written to a colleague on 20th March)
- I think it would have been better if I could have thought of a better way to break the ice at the beginning of the session and a more memorable way to end the session too.
- I didn’t appreciate how much help they would need logging into Prezi (it didn’t help that Prezi have recently changed their interface again so my screencast is already out-of-date.). Next time I would allow more time and instruction for this.
- I didn’t realise that many of the students wouldn’t know their email addresses – this was resolved by displaying guidance on the board about how to access their email.
- Prezi maybe uniquely was okay with students on Facebook as I could mention what the pluses and minuses were i.e. if they logged in via Facebook instead of UCA email they’d get less storage and only be able to have public Prezis.
- If I’d had any examples of the students’ own Prezis to demonstrate I think this would definitely have enhanced the session.
- A lot of one-to-one help was needed i.e. spending time going from student to student and asking them how they were getting on and what I could do to help.
- Finally the students needed a tighter brief for ‘creating a Prezi’.