My Prezi Adventure

Having mastered the all-powerful Powerpoint presentation over the course of my high school and undergraduate careers, I decided that I wanted to try something different for my final presentation in my Spanish poetry class. I had always heard of the program “Prezi” but never actually tried it. What distinguishes a Prezi from a Powerpoint presentation is the user’s ability to navigate and zoom in on/pan around a virtual canvas akin to a whiteboard.

 

So, last night, equipped with a Skinny Vanilla Latte and a fully-charged laptop, I spent a full two hours in Starbucks learning the ins-and-outs of the Prezi program, learning how to create frames and layers and insert digital images and videos for my presentation. After that, I tried my hand at creating my own Prezi, and I’m actually pretty happy with the results!

 

You may or may not need a Prezi account to view it, but here is the link to my very first Prezi presentation:

http://prezi.com/ehhqeatnkxmq/present/?auth_key=6r2dacb&follow=89flsnretbvh

 

If any of you have a Prezi, what do you think of it? Is it better than Powerpoint? I personally got a little dizzy the first time I watched one, but after a lot of time and practice I think my first try went pretty well!

 

If any of you want to try something different than a Powerpoint and create  a Prezi, I encourage you to go to prezi.com and try one out! It’s a really cool interactive way to present a project to your class.

 

– Allison

“Ode to My Socks”

One of my favorite Latin American poets of all time is Pablo Neruda, a writer from Chile who wrote several odes to pay homage to some of the most ordinary material objects of daily existence, including the sea, salt, and even onions! One of my favorite poems by Neruda is called “Ode to My Socks”, and considering the fact that we have just gotten one of our first real snows this year on campus, I thought it would be relevant to post my favorite part of this poem for you to enjoy:

 

Twice beautiful is beauty and what is good is doubly good when it is a case of two woolen socks in wintertime.

 

So simple, yet so great. Just like woolen socks themselves.

 

– Allison

Writing for Two: The Third Trimester

For the past 3 months I have been enrolled in Spanish 308, a 1-credit writing workshop that connects to any other approved Spanish course. The class has been relatively easy so far (as a 1-credit class should be), yet as I enter the last four weeks of the semester, I have entered the most difficult, laborious stage of the course.

 

I have to write the same essay for two teachers.

 

That is, my final essay for my other Spanish class will count for my grade in Spanish 308, so I must keep in mind the different styles and expectations of both teachers. As if writing an 8-page paper in a foreign language wasn’t hard enough!

 

Cue end-of-semester stress!