Present Like A Pro With Prezi: Break Free from Powerpoint
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Present Like A Pro With Prezi: Break Free from Powerpoint

Create exciting presentations with Prezi - a free online tool that really makes your presentations come to life.
4.2 (7 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by John Martens
Last updated 7/2014
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Overview of Prezi: How to 'Think' Like a Prezi
  • Creating a Prezi quickly and easily using pre-defined templates
  • Inserting text and images into a Prezi
  • Inserting a YouTube video into a Prezi
  • Controlling the presentation and animation order in a Prezi
  • Adding your own 3-D background to a Prezi
  • Customizing the fonts and colors of a presentation
  • Creating specialty frames that involve diagrams and shapes
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  • Since Prezi is a free online tool, there are no course requirements other than a reliable Internet connection

For years now, PowerPoint has been the standard for creating and showing presentations to audiences of any size on any topic imaginable. Well, move over PowerPoint - there's a new kid on the block!

Introducing Prezi - an exciting and dynamic presentation tool that can be used online for free! If you are tired of the 'same old thing' when it comes to creating and watching presentations, Prezi can add life and excitement to any topic you want to present.

This course is designed for anybody who is new to Prezi and wants to learn how to create dynamic presentations. No experience is required - even if you have never used PowerPoint before, you will be up and running in no time with Prezi.

There are two separate presentations we will make in the course. We will start off with an easy one that relies on the templates and built-in helpers that Prezi has to offer to get you started quickly and easily. We will then dive deeper into Prezi and create a presentation from scratch. This way you will learn how to have more control over the customization of Prezi to get the exact 'look and feel' you desire. The second Prezi will look at advanced ways to customize the 3-D background, fonts, colors and animation of your presentation.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for anyone from novice to advanced users, who want to create a presentation that stands out from the usual PowerPoint presentations.
  • Students and Teachers will benefit from Prezi as a tool to create exciting presentations for lectures or seminars
  • Sales and Marketing professionals can use Prezi to create exciting and dynamic presentations that can showcase a product, service or company in a very memorable way.
  • Individuals will find that Prezi is an excellent tool to showcase their talents, almost like a digital resume that will really stand out from others
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Getting Started
3 Lectures 08:02

This lecture provides an overview of how to approach making a presentation using a tool like Prezi, as compared to using a more traditional tool like PowerPoint. It also highlights some of the features found in Prezi presentations.

Preview 06:04

In this short video demonstration, I will show you how to create a free account on where all your presentations will be created and stored. The video is short because the process is very easy.

Preview 01:24

This video shows quick demonstration / walk-through of the first Prezi we are going to make - "Meet the Beatles"

Preview 00:34
Creating A Prezi Using A Template
7 Lectures 22:28

In this video we get started with making our first presentation. We start by picking a template and then modifying it to meet our needs. We finish up by changing the theme and adding titles to each scene.

Preview 05:00

This 1 page document provides instructions for Windows users on how to download and unzip the files used for the presentation. This file can be found as a downloadable attachment with the next lesson (Lecture 6). The zip file contains 4 images and 4 small text files that will be used as content for the Prezi we will make in this Section.

Preview 1 page

Working with our initial Prezi started in lecture 4, we add text content to each scene and modify the size and layout of the text. To save time, a zip file is provided with all the text and images which can be copied and inserted into the presentation easily.

Please download the zip file to your desktop following the instructions outlined in Lecture 5. This lecture works with that file unzipped to the desktop location.

Preview 07:54

Working again with the zip file downloaded in lecture 5, we will now insert a picture at each scene in the Prezi.

Preview 03:40

This short video will show you how to insert a YouTube video into your Prezi. It is short because it is very easy.

Preview 01:30

This lecture explains how to control the view order of all the objects in your Prezi. This is often the final step in creating a Prezi.

Preview 00:54

It's showtime! Once you have completed the Prezi and established the presentation path, you are now ready to present in either full-screen or Window mode.

Preview 03:30
Creating A Custom Prezi From Scratch
8 Lectures 43:02

To start Section 3, this lecture provides an overview of the Prezi we will be making from scratch. Features of this Prezi which will be covered in subsequent Lectures include: adding a 3-D background, working with diagrams, images and charts, and creating custom animations.

Preview 01:18

This Lecture gets us started with a new Prezi about a fictional company called 'Great Gains Mutual Funds'. Working with the downloadable image, we will add it as a 3-D background to our new Prezi. We will also spend some time customizing the theme, which involves choosing fonts and setting colors for different aspects of the Prezi.

Customizing the 3D Background, Colors and Fonts

This Lecture will start us off by creating our first 2 frames - a Title frame and our first content frame. It will also explain how to animate the contents of a frame, allowing you more control over how and when each item within a frame is displayed.

Creating Frames and Animating Frame Contents

Diagrams are a great way to cluster ideas together. Using the diagram tool we will create an Organizational Chart and incorporate it as part of the Prezi.

Adding A Custom Diagram

With a few shading tricks and special keys, we can add a frame with content that is displayed as if it is in a table format. This is a great technique to use if you are presenting information that is best suited for a grid or a list.

Creating A Table-Style Frame with Animation

We will use the shape tool to create a custom bar graph, complete with data labels, a legend and animation. This technique is ideal if you need to present data in a bar chart format.

Making a Chart Using the Shape Tool

For the final frame, we will add some contact information along with a picture, and go back and modify the design settings sightly before we finish up and get ready to present.

Adding a Graphic to a Frame and Finishing Up

This Lecture demonstrates the final product: The Great Gains Mutual Fund Presentation to Investors. There are also a few production notes and tips shared along the way

The Big Reveal: Presenting Your Custom Prezi
Where To Go From Here
2 Lectures 07:53

In this lecture we go straight to the source - - and look for inspiration from others who have created Prezi projects of their own. On it's blog page, Prezi showcases the best of 2013 in several different categories such as Business, Education, Design and People's Choice.

For Inspiration ...

Prezi is an online software tool, which means it is continually being worked on and improved. As it evolves there are changes to its features and techniques required to accomplish different tasks. This Lecture looks at the best place to go to keep on top of Prezi as it updates online.

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About the Instructor
John Martens
4.2 Average rating
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64 Students
1 Course
Computer Science Teacher

I live in Ontario, Canada and have University Degrees in Business Administration and Education. After starting my career as a Software Trainer for Donovan Data Systems, I went back to school and became a high school teacher. When I started, I quickly moved from teaching Business to Computer Science and have just finished my 23rd year as a Computer Science and Data Processing teacher at the high school level.

Over the years I have taught a wide variety of topics. In software I have taught all the major MS Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In programming I have taught Visual Basic, ActionScript / Flash, and Java. I have also taught students how to build and upgrade computers, basic electronics and programming with Lego robotics.

I started teaching online and have a youtube channel called '1houracademy' where I have been sharing some of my classroom lessons with the rest of the world. I have found this to be very rewarding - especially when I receive positive comments from people everywhere. Other teachers have even started using some of my lessons in their classrooms.

I hope to further expand my reach by offering courses on education sites like Udemy.