Embedding a Prezi into a WordPress.com blog

8 02 2013

This has just taken me a while to fix myself so I thought I may be able to save others time if I share the following.

As can be seen from older blog posts on this site I had no problems embedding a Prezi before. However in December 2012 Prezi.com changed their embed code.

After searching for a fix I found the following blog post by Panos:

The update at the bottom of the blog post is great – it simply tells you where Prezi have moved the ID to since December. This works fine in most Web browsers however in some Internet Explorer browsers (my work computer has a particularly old version of IE) you get annoying scrollbars at the right and bottom of the Prezi. Eventually after searching I found the fix was to add style=”position:absolute”:

So the completed code required to make it work now looks like this:


[A larger more readable image is available from clicking on the image file above. Originally this blog post included the text but with changes to formatting it has been necessary to replace with an image as I will no longer be able to keep updating this post.]

The Prezi ID mewlfkbikpeq can be found at the beginning of the link to the Prezi itself: http://prezi.com/mewlfkbikpeq/introduction-to-ar/

The effect is like:

Also something I do incase the Prezi doesn’t display on a particular device is to add the following:

The Prezi can also be accessed here: http://prezi.com/mewlfkbikpeq/introduction-to-ar/

Prezi at Northbrook College Sussex

28 05 2012

This blog post is about a one-hour lunchtime session given to the Creative Writing Group at Northbrook College Sussex, 22nd March 2012.


Following the day at UCA Rochester when I had the opportunity to meet Curtis Tappenden’s Creative Writing Group and talk about Prezi with them, I then had a chance to visit Jac Cattaneo’s Creative Writing Group at Northbrook College Sussex. The aim of the visit was to give the students a chance for a hands-on session with Prezi following their introduction to Prezi at the V&A. I based this session on the approach I had taken with the ‘Mappa Mundi’ brief.

The Prezi
(the Prezi is also available via this link – I recommend that the volume is put on mute)

Lessons Learned
The following reflection has been written around two months after the session was given:

  • The computer room was very well equipped and laid out (including a touch-screen whiteboard which I wasn’t expecting), it was also a good size group to work with (12 people).
  • Although Jac had spent time arranging for educational email addresses for the attendees, logging into Prezi was still time consuming and not as straightforward as expected.
  • Once everyone was logged-in I was able to demo a few features and by the end of the session all of the participants had created their first Prezi.
  • With the Creative Writing Groups at both UCA and Northbrook College the things that make them so effective for Creative Writing can be detrimental to learning a new technology; that is the groups are: extra-curricular, and very diverse with a mixed range of skills and interests. As quoted in our Interim Report to UCA (April 2012):

    As the Creative Writing Groups are both extra-curricular this has had benefits as well as disadvantages; for example students (in the questionnaires) liked that this was something they weren’t being assessed on which they could just enjoy. As the sessions are entirely voluntary this means that the students are more engaged and from a range of diverse backgrounds enabling collaboration across courses and disciplines within each institution; however this diversity also means that there is a wider range of abilities and interests and that the number of students attending the sessions and visits can vary.

Prezi at UCA Rochester

28 05 2012

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).

The Prezi
(link here if the Prezi doesn’t display below – recommend playing with volume on mute)

Lessons Learned
(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’.

Escapades with Captivate and YouTube

14 11 2011

Maybe ‘escapades’ is the wrong word, although it was certainly a new departure for me. Having created a screencast using Adobe Captivate, and previously set-up a YouTube account, I was then able to automatically publish to YouTube. The result is embedded below:

Unfortunately the process could only be recorded once as I only had one spare educational email address. I would have liked the screencast to be smoother, but hopefully it still gives an idea of the steps. Also the quality of the YouTube video is not very good (I didn’t see an option to choose the quality so this might just be what YouTube can handle?). At least some lessons learned anyway!

YouTube PowerPoint plug-in

24 11 2010

A short post about one of the many PowerPoint plugins available. This YouTube PowerPoint plug-in worked fine on my laptop, but wasn’t so great on a Mac in a different venue (I was expecting a PC and time to test my presentation) it didn’t work out and there was no YouTube clip as a consequence! However in theory it is very simple to use.


Interim Project Report – Lessons Learned

23 06 2010

I recently submitted the interim project report, this was a good opportunity to reflect on lessons learned, see extracts below:

What worked well

  • My approach to recording time spent on the project: I have a simple spreadsheet that sets out the project plan and records tasks and time spent and dependencies/factors that may affect completion. I have kept a ‘control’ copy i.e. the first version of the spreadsheet from the beginning of the project, and I have another version which is continually updated. It will be useful to compare the two at the end of the project to inform future timetabling.
  • Any meetings with, or input from Karen Paton, the University for the Creative Art’s Academic Developer in Learning and Teaching Research were invaluable and very fruitful.

What I would improve next time

  • I would breakdown each task into smaller components in order to more accurately judge the project timetable, and particularly to allow more time for analysis and writing reports.
  • I would seek to be clearer on the detail of the methodology from the beginning; I do now have a better understanding that will inform this.
  • I would aim to have better timekeeping by establishing early on what aspects were out of the limitations of the project and accepting this rather than trying to fit more and more into the project scope.

Interviews – lessons learned

1 04 2010

Some points I have reflected upon after each of the four interviews:

  • An Ethics Protocol was submitted prior to conducting the interviews, and a Project Information sheet and Consent form was sent to the participants. This took me longer than expected to write-up.
  • Before each interview I printed off two copies of the Project Information sheet with Consent form, so they could sign one copy for me and keep the other copy for their own records. I then did not turn on the digital recorder until they were happy for me to do so.
  • It was important to have suitably quiet surroundings where the interview wouldn’t be disturbed. In some cases this required room bookings, but this was definitely worth the effort.
  • I definitely had issues with timings even though I had planned to stick to four themes taking one hour, this is maybe something I’ll learn with practice?
  • What worked well was the time I spent researching the subject and the participants prior to the interviews this enabled the conversation to be more tailored to their experience.
  • I think it was good to send the participants a summary of the key areas of interest but important not to send them a list of questions (although I don’t know how they feel about this, I think it worked well).
  • Not sure how my interview technique was for the participants but I have asked for feedback.