Prezi, Technotroubadours and Teacherpreneurs
If you have ever found yourself looking for a presentation tool that is a bit more interesting than PowerPoint, enter Prezi.com. (There's a nice short intro video there and several examples, including one on jazz bassists, at the bottom of the page.) While it may take a while to learn how to create presentations with Prezi - it can add a little pizzazz to what has otherwise become a somewhat static, slide-oriented presentation world.
What caused me to bring this up is that I stumbled on this excellent prezi today. It was from the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn 2011 World Conference on E-Learning in Honolulu, Hawaii this past Fall, 2011, and the title is "Technotroubadours and Teacherpreneurs." The prezi has several excellent embedded videos on remixing and mashups, including the story behind a Johnny Cash tribute video collaboration created by over 250,000 fans. It also has examples of experiments in interactivity - such as a video showing people in Sweden choosing stairs over an escalator, once the stairs have been converted into an interactive piano. Even if the Prezi effects and flying, twirling text give you vertigo, this presentation is worth viewing for the videos alone, yet the underlying concepts and information are also relevant and important for understanding new generations of learners. Highly recommended!! http://prezi.com/cwfdv8ki6msy/copy-of-technotroubadours-and-teacherpreneurs/