Showalter and Foster students have a limited-time opportunity to claim free Prezi license
This is a powerful presentation and storytelling tool for education
Great news for secondary students and all staff in the Tukwila School District: They have been awarded a four-year Prezi EduPro license as part of President Obama’s ConnectEd initiative. Prezi is an online program that allows users to create powerful presentations and tell meaningful stories.
Every 9th through 12th grade student can claim a free license but they must do so before Jan. 1, 2015. They are required to use their school district email account (ending in tuwila.wednet.edu) to create the account. They can sign up at https://prezi.com/connected/signup/34OG-VLSQ-84AT-TJMP/ (or they can ask their teachers for the code). Students in sixth through eighth grade can also claim the license by selecting Grade Level 9 during the sign-up process.
The President’s ConnectEd initiative is meant to support diverse and low-income schools across the country with engaging classroom technology and high-speed Internet connection. It’s an effort to prepare America’s students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries, which relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology.
When Tukwila’s Technology Coach Robert Pohl learned about the initiative and its intent to serve diverse student populations, he knew he “had to make an application.”
“Tukwila students deserve the best tools to synthesize information, create new ideas and publish their discoveries,” Pohl said. “Prezi is a non-linear storytelling tool. It allows our students to take big ideas—the themes and concepts of what they are learning—and break it down into smaller more manageable bites of information. Teachers too can use the tool to present complex topics, to help students to see the connections between two difficult ideas and make new meaning.”
If all eligible staff and students respond to the offer, the grant will be worth about $235,000 in free Prezi licenses.