How to Use Prezi in ANGEL

Recently, an instructor asked me if he could embed a Prezi presentation directly into a page within our learning management system, ANGEL. I thought this was a great idea as Prezi definitely falls into my free & cool educational tools list. If you’re not familiar, think of it as a more dynamic, easier-to-share system like Powerpoint, with more emphasis on using visualization to show relationships between information, especially when explaining concepts at both micro and macro levels. Here’s Prezi’s get started guide to learn more.

Here’s the step-by-step guide I put together using screenshots from a featured Prezi.

1) Your Prezi settings need to be set to public, and you have to be viewing the Prezi to start the embed process. (This initially confused me — I thought it would be accessible from the “share” section of the edit page, but it’s not.) If you mouse over the top right-hand side, a share button should appear. Click on it.

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2) This should open a bigger box. Click “Embed.” This will open a new window.

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3) In the new tab, you can set basic preferences on the zoom and the size. When you’re done making any changes, click Copy code to clipboard. (The button will change to “Copied!” to indicate success.)

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4) Alternatively, you could just add a link content item or a URL link into a page in ANGEL, but I would go ahead and add the embed code into a new ANGEL page so students could view right in the ANGEL frame. To do this, click the source button in your content editor on the settings page. Clicking will just show the HTML of your content (which is blank if you haven’t typed anything yet).

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5) All you need to do now is paste the code!

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Switch back to WYSIWYG mode (click on the source button) to make sure it looks OK and to add text, if you like. You can get a better look at the whole page, if you need to, by clicking the max editor button in the upper right of the formatting bar:

6You can do the exact same process to get a YouTube video, Google Map or any similar animation that allows access to its embed code into ANGEL.

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Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at acgarrison@mccneb.edu.

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