Using Prezi for Digital Poetry


I chose Prezi as the medium to present my digital poem because of user friendliness. It allows for creativity, yet is less complicated than other methods of online application. The circular presentation style compliments the subject of my poem and allows for integration of concrete poetry style. Prezi’s three-dimensional frame also shows perspective between the original acrostic version and the concrete-digital representation in the upper righthand corner. I used Prezi’s circular format to create a visual representation of a sun. The placement of the concrete poem also mirrors where a child might place the sun in an illustration.

The poem, __Visible Sun__, which I use for the demonstration is an original work that I published as a child in the Young Author’s Anthology. It was created as an acrostic, but it was published in free verse form. I chose to use this poem because I plan to present it as a model for my students when I approach digital poetry in the upcoming school year. Children often need help in starting to feel free and imaginative about poetry writing. Teacher or other student examples can give them courage (Koch, 1970). I believe that teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to children requires intentional framing of activities and repetition of language.

One feature of Prezi that I use is addition of music to create a tone for the poem reading. I used, Just Like the Sun, by Raffi which is age-appropriate for the model. Another valuable option is voice recording. Listening to multiple examples of recorded text allows English Language Learners (ELLs) to listen for language variations and provides a support for reading. This is an option that I will explore with my students in creating their own digital poetry. According to Xerri (2012), by using a multimodal approach teachers can enable students to enter a poem, play with the English language and transform poetry into a performance (p. 507). I plan to have students present their poems orally to practice language in accordance with Pennsylvania State Standards Grades 1-3. I will also pursue some students to publish their poetry through various children’s poetry websites. The publication or presentation provides them with an authentic audience.


RESOURCES


Koch, K. (1970). Wishes, Lies, and Dreams: Teaching Children to Write Poetry. New York, NY: HarperCollins Press.
Xerri, D. (2012). Poetry Teaching and Multimodality: Theory into Practice. Creative Education, 3, 507-512. doi: 10.4236/ce.2012.34077.