I have used Prezi for nearly two years while teaching at the elementary level here in Korea. My initial willingness to learn the application (at that time in its early, more basic stages) was primarily due to the frustration of using PowerPoint on my school computer, whose UI was entirely in Korean. I ended up spending quite a bit of time at work fruitlessly while putting off lesson planning until I got home and could use my own computer. Just before finding Prezi I had begun using OpenOffice Impress and was not satisfied by its conversion into Powerpoint for my classes. Prezi not only gave me a new purpose during my planning time at school, but it also introduced me to an entirely different way of viewing presentations.
The Prezi that I initially learned was much more basic than the version in use now. Since I have been a user, they have added a variety of options, several of which other users and I had requested (support for Hanguel, the Korean alphabet, invisible frames, etc.). Over a course of a two week winter vacation I made my first prezis for my classes and I have felt that I have steadily improved my presentations since.
Here are some examples of how I have used Prezi in my classes:
Thank you for sharing.
If I have some down time I will have to look into this more.
I get the point about "motion sickness"! But this depends on how you make it. And ppt has its own disturbing features - too well known to even bother mentioning.
I like Prezi less so for its useability but more so for A - it is shareable. You can borrow someone's presentation and make it your own. B- integration of youtube is seamless.
These two things sold me. Not so hard to learn either, just hard to adapt and train your fingers to do the right thing....
Ellen is right, I've used it and it is easy to export and use off your computer without internet access (but then you won't be able to play any youtube videos). Here's an example of one I made.
I think it would be great to get students making presentations in English with it.
Your suggestion sounds great: "...get students making presentations in English with it."
I'd like to see what they come up with and we can share them easily^^