Looking to “Prezi” for an Interactive Future


Even the name suggests there’s a change underway.

In as recent as the last few months, we’ve seen taxi companies pushed to the side for Uber rides. Periscope took money away from the Pay-Per-View net gross of the May 3rd boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The “out with the old and in with the new” mind frame has made its way from presentations to now, Prezi.

On Wednesday May 20th, Dr. Amy Poland, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s College spoke at the Social Media Association’s “Social Media and Prezi: The Perfect Pairing for Any Presentation” event at LIFT – Long Island Forum for Technology – in Bethpage, NY.

Dr. Poland runs the Criminal Justice Department social media platforms at St. Joseph’s College. Prezi was created in 2009 and Dr. Poland uses it to teach her students in the classroom and to help people succeed outside of it.

The event began as the group of eager listeners had breakfast and coffee while chatting and meeting new people. Then, the group shared social media phenomena they’ve noticed lately – which resulted in a live Periscope broadcast. Periscope is an app through Twitter that allows users to live broadcast anything they want – with just a smartphone.

It was another example of how the world around us is changing by the minute. It showed how people want things at an instant in the most fascinating way possible. Prezi supplies this.

Some teachers, students and presenters have complained about the limitations of PowerPoint presentations. Often, if one wishes to be creative, they have to rely on inserting links in a somewhat tedious way. Presenters sometimes struggle to find the balance between the amount of text and making the PowerPoint slide look enticing. Prezi solves this. Attendees walked away from this presentation ready to try their own hand at creating Prezi presentations, and eager to put it to good use in the near future.

-Written by Owen O’Brien

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