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Using the Prezi Template for the English 1110 Symposium (AU16 revision) (1)

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Unformatted text preview: Using the Prezi Template for the English 1110 Symposium Signing up for Prezi Prezi is a cloud-­‐based presentation tool that rivals Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Apple’s Keynote. It can also be used entirely free of charge, which is great. The most basic accounts, however, have a few disadvantages: all your presentations are public, and you have a fairly limited amount of storage. Luckily, with your OSU email address you can sign up for a free “Edu Enjoy” license, which gets you an increased storage quota and privacy management. You can create an entirely new account with your OSU email, or if you already have a free Prezi account you can upgrade it to the “Edu Enjoy” license. Creating a brand-­‐new Prezi account 1. From the Prezi homepage, click on the blue “Go to Prezi” button under “For individuals and students.” 2. Scroll down a bit till you see a blue button that says “See your options” — click it. 3. On the right of the page, under “Students and Teachers,” click on the “Educational Plans” link. 4. Choose the dark grey ‘Choose Plan’ button in the Edu Enjoy column. 5. Enter your OSU email address at the next page and click ‘Verify’. 6. The next page asks you to give details of your university. Fill in the boxes, and don’t forget to check the box at the bottom of the screen, confirming that you are a student. 7. You will receive an email with a verification link. Once you click that link, you’re ready to go! Upgrading a pre-­‐existing Prezi account to Edu Enjoy 1. While signed in to your Prezi account, choose “Upgrade Now” from the profile menu (the arrow next to your name in the upper right of the screen). 2. Follow the instructions for a brand-­‐new account above, starting with step 3. a. In step 5, you should enter your OSU email. Be aware that this will update your email in the Prezi system. Making a copy of the Prezi template Because this is a writing class, not a Prezi class, we’ve created a template for you to use. Before you can use it, though, you need to copy it to your account. 1. Click this link to view the 2015-­‐2016 Symposium Presentation template: -­‐presentation-­‐template-­‐without-­‐caption-­‐ spaces/ 2. Below the Prezi player, click on the button that says “Make a copy”: 3. You should now see a copy of the template in your Prezi dashbaord. Click on it to open, and click on the Edit button to make changes. a. By default, the copy you’ve made it viewable and copyable by the public, just like the original template. You may want to make your presentation ‘Hidden’ so that you can control who sees it. Before you go into Edit mode, click on the button below the viewer that currently says ‘Public&Reusable’. Move the slider to ‘Hidden’ (the option with a chain icon). (Don’t choose private, or you won’t be able to submit your Symposium Presentation to your instructor!) Editing your Symposium Presentation Now that you have a copy of the template, it’s yours to change however you want! At minimum, you should replace the images and citations with the ones you’ve found. (You can also add pre-­‐recorded narration instead of presenting live, if you’d like — see below.) If you’re familiar with Prezi, you can also change the arrangement/ colors/etc., or even start from a blank Prezi. Just make sure you’re sticking to the assignment guidelines: 15 path steps, each displaying an image or images, with 60-­‐65 words of narration for each step; in addition, further path steps that display citation information. Images The Symposium Presentation template includes a number of pictures of cats (because that’s what we do on the internet), but you’ll want to replace those with images of your own. First, click on one of the path steps* in the navigation bar on the left side of the screen — the camera will zoom to it. Then click on the image; a set of controls will appear. To delete the image, click on the trash can that says ‘Delete’. You can add images in two ways. One way is to click on the ‘Insert’ menu at the top of the screen, and then select “Image…” The ‘Insert image’ control panel will appear at the right of the screen; click on “Select files…” to locate the image on your computer. The other way to add an image is just to drag it from your desktop or another folder, and drop it in place — super easy. * PowerPoint and other common presentation programs think in terms of a ‘deck of slides’, but Prezi thinks in terms of a chain of viewpoints, with the camera moving along that chain. Each stop is a ‘path step’. Text Text can be a little annoying in Prezi, but your Symposium Presentation shouldn’t require much text at all. To edit pre-­‐existing text (like the sample citations, or the title slide), simply click on the text you wish to edit, then click “Edit Text” in the controls that appear. The text editing features aren’t as complete as you might be used to in Word, etc., but you can transform the text to an extent. Or you can just type — it’s up to you. Narration There are many ways to deliver the narration that accompanies each path step in your Symposium Presentation. The easiest way is sometimes just to present it live! But this assignment isn’t meant to evaluate your public speaking skills, so you can also pre-­‐record the narration and add it to your Symposium Presentation — it only takes a few steps. First, you must create audio files for each slide. You can do this with any number of programs; Prezi has a list of suggested software. (Please note that while most laptops have a built-­‐in microphone, many desktop computers — especially Windows machines — do not.) No matter what program you use, as long as you end up with one of these file formats, you should be able to use the file: MP3, M4A, FLAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, MP4, 3GP. If you’d prefer not to install anything on your computer, you can use Vocaroo, a web-­‐based audio recorder. 1. Go to Vocaroo’s website, vocaroo.com 2. Click the red button to record. a. The first time you use Vocaroo, you have to give it permission to use your microphone. b. A small window will appear, asking if you want to give permission for vocaroo.com to use your camera and microphone. Click Allow. (Vocaroo will not use your camera; it’s just a single setting in Flash.) 3. Recording begins immediately, so be ready! When you’re done, click the stop button. 4. You can review your recording to make sure you like it; if you want to try again just click the red button again. 5. Once you’re satisfied with the recording, use the ‘Click here to save >>’ link below the recording panel. 6. You have the option of downloading in a variety of formats; any of them should work in Prezi, but MP3 works best. 7. Save each narration portion on your computer. You can name the files anything you want, of course, but you might find it easiest to call them ‘step 1,’ ‘step 2,’ etc. The only thing left to do is to attach the narrations portions to your Prezi, which is very easy. 1. Open up your Prezi, and right-­‐click (Windows) or control-­‐click (Mac) on the path step to which you want to add narration. 2. Select ‘Add Voice-­‐over to Path Step,’ and then choose the appropriate file from your computer when the Open window appears. 3. You’ll see a progress bar as your narration uploads, which should not take long. Once it’s finished, clock Done. That’s it! 4. If you need to replace the audio, that’s also very simple. In the path step list, you’ll see a gray bar that represents uploaded audio; when you click on it, a pop up window will appear, where you can click on the trash can to delete the narration. Then just follow the steps above to replace the narration. a. You’ll see that the template has audio already attached to the citation path steps. It’s pure silence, and helps with the slide timings; you should leave it in place. ...
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