Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Web 2.0 Tools: Prezi

I've used Prezi before for a couple of final presentations, both for in-class and online coursework. Again, since I am not an educator, I have not used it in a teaching situation.

I think that this technology fulfills most of the principles of Universal Design (UD). It fulfills flexibility and use because it accommodates the user's individual preferences. The user can choose from many different presentation layouts, fonts, and font sizes. The user also has the option to put videos and pictures into the presentation. When giving a presentation, it can zoom in on the text that is being presented. It meets the principle of tolerance of error because the user is able to easily delete mistakes and other incorrect information. It is low physical effort because it efficiently guides users as they create their presentations. Finally, it fulfills size and space for approach and use because it is accessible from any computer that has an Internet connection.

The two principles that I think Prezi doesn't fulfill are equitable use and simple and intuitive. I don't think that this technology is useful to people with diverse abilities. For example, someone who has a visual impairment may not be able to use this program easily. Also, I don't think that Prezi is that easy to understand and has a fairly high learning curve for first-time users.

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