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Teaching Character Types with Prezi

I’ve always been proud of my strategy for teaching character types, which has been a viewer favorite here at All Access Pass.

I have now taking all this information and these ideas and created my very first Prezi! It’s been something I have been wanting to learn for over a year and after watching Tweedle Dee use it effortlessly for 7th grade Science I finally decided it’s time.

I felt a bit of frustration working on it on my MacBook but I did most of it at work, so it was pretty easy. I worked on this for almost 2 hours, learning the process as I went. I didn’t watch any tutorials or anything. I just experimented.

After a week of exhaustion and lack of focus, it felt good to learn something new and produce something I am proud of.

I present to you my first Prezi: Character Types

I used this in my after school study program a few weeks ago. I had the (un)fortunate honor of running the last study session the night before the last day of school when there was literally NO homework. Two hours, 23 7th graders, and no homework.

This activity was a lifesaver.

After viewing the Prezi, groups picked a DVD from my holiday gift bag, (made a few swaps), and headed to the lab to create their own Prezi presentations. For the group of boys who weren’t familiar with a single DVD I brought in, they did “A Christmas Carol” which they just finished reading in Language Arts.

We didn’t quite finish, but we will do it our first week back in 2013.

I am looking forward to creating more of these presentations. If you haven’t experimented with it, take some time on a snow day and check it out.

Have you made a Prezi? Do you have another program you use instead? Share your ideas with the comment link at the top of this post.

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7 responses

  1. […] Teaching Character Types (Prezi) […]

  2. Yes, I will have to do that. Have you ever used http://www.zunal.com to create your own Web Quests? It’s worth checking out! Thanks so much for accepting my connection on Edmodo. I love it!

    1. No I haven’t. I’ve never successfully made a web quest. I just always put all the links in folders on Edmodo and go from there. I will have to check it out.

  3. I love, love, love your Prezi!!!! I need to learn how to make these! Kudos to you!

    1. Thank you! My 7th grade daughter showed me how to do it. 🙂 It’s one of things that just takes practice and playing around. I recommend hitting the “Explore” button and searching for something you are teaching. It’s inspiring and you will learn a lot. I am still trying to figure things out. Sometimes I am like “What in the world did I just do? And how do I do it again?”

  4. I’m also working on learning Prezi over the break. Yours is very good–I haven’t figured out how to embed videos or music yet, but I’m still working on it. Is there a trick to adding a video that’s not in You Tube but from another site?

  5. I am soooooooo impressed! You did a great job adding movie clips. The kids will love it! Bravo!

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