This week I chose to discuss Popplet and Prezi as presentation tools. I had never heard of Popplet before, but I have used Prezi several times, finding it to be user friendly and a more dynamic alternative to PowerPoint. Their website urls are www.popplet.com and www.prezi.com, respectively.
In exploring Popplet’s functions and features, I found it to be an excellent platform for mind- and concept mapping, which, as Safar, Jafer, and Alqadiri’s (2014) study yielded, is a valuable tool for motivating students through critical thinking, creativity, and visualization. Popplet is, in essence, a digital space to create and add Popples through text, images, and videos that are customizable and rearrangeable. It is highly interactive and could be used to gather and organize information for a presentation or it could be used as a less traditional form of presentation itself. As an English Language Arts teacher, I would definitely utilize it as a tool we could develop together, individually, or in small groups to identify, comprehend, and dissect poems, stories, and literary devices. Students could collaborate and share their Popplets with the class. Additionally, I could use it to formulate lesson plans and curriculum.
In a way, Prezi is a blend or happy medium between Popplet and more traditional slide presentations like PowerPoint or Google Slides. It combines the essence of slides with the big-picture nature of Popplet to create a highly engaging form of presentation. Its zooming and panning features create an interactive experience for the audience without being over-the-top. A study by Moulton, Turkay, and Kosslyn (2017) found Prezi presentations to be more cohesive, appealing, and influential than PowerPoint or oral presentations. To further expand my students’ information and communication technology (ICT) skills, I would have my students develop and present a Prezi on related subject matter for the week such as current events, a book analysis, or an informative or persuasive speech. Additionally I can use Prezi to add variety to my lessons and I may have my students use Popplet first to brainstorm and synthesize the information that they will then use Prezi to present.
Just as teachers and instructors use mobile apps and presentation platforms like Popplet and Prezi to interact with students, churches can also take advantage of ICT tools to improve connection with their congregation and visitors.
Such tools allow people to become more involved and/or engaged with church than a Sunday service with daily or week-day notifications and reminders of scripture, events, and general communication. A mobile app provides a convenient one-stop shop for church information, prayer, giving, etc. Several apps include features like live chat, sermon notes, polls, podcasts, and announcements which not only allow the church to communicate with its community, but for people to communicate questions, thoughts, and prayers with the church (Purcell, 2018).
Moulton, S.T., Turkay, S., and Kosslyn, S.M. (2017). Does a presentation’s medium affect its message? PowerPoint, Prezi, and oral presentations. PLoS ONE, 12(7). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178774
Purcell, K. (2018, July 13). 8 top church app providers. Retrieved from https://churchtechtoday.com/2018/07/13/8-top-church-app-providers/
Safar, A. H., Jafer, Y. J., and Alqadiri, M. A. (2014). Mind maps as facilitative tools in science education. College Student Journal, 48(4), 629+. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu/apps/doc/A398073353/AONE?u=vic_liberty&sid=AONE&xid=a4e6e774