J.J. Sylvia IV, CRDM Class of 2017, recently authored the second edition of Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations, updating and revising the first edition by Russell Anderson-Williamson. The book was released this summer and is available in both paperback and digital versions. Prezi is a non-linear 3D presentation tool that offers an alternative to PowerPoint and is available for free with an .edu email address. This book is written to be accessible for beginners but also useful for those who already have experience with Prezi. It begins with a focus on the non-linear thinking necessary to use Prezi at its best, and guides readers through all of the features of the software from that perspective, including ideas for group collaboration and remote presentations, using it as an interactive whiteboard, and how to incorporate outside technology such as Audacity, YouTube, and Inkscape in the Prezi creation process.
Before joining the CRDM Program, J.J. worked with the nonprofit Digital Opportunity Trust, in partnership with AmeriCorps, as both a Communication Specialist and a Manager who oversaw interns working in K-12 classrooms throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. These interns helped teachers better integrate instructional technology, such as Prezi, into their curriculum in order to enable to teaching of 21st century skills. Drawing on this experience, J.J. served as a Technical Reviewer for Packt Publishing on the books Prezi Essentials and Prezi Hotshot before updating Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations.
In addition to using Prezi to present his own work at conferences, J.J. has included Prezi-related assignments in his Public Speaking, Communication for Business and Management, and Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society courses while at North Carolina State University. Students have presented their innovative work in the high-tech visualization spaces at Hunt Library such as the Teaching and Visualization Lab and the Creativity Studio. In part through his work on projects such as these, J.J. has achieved the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching and received the Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching during his first two years in the CRDM Program.