Presefy: Using The Web To Present Your Presentations

Within education there is a big debate going on about whether or not it is a good idea to let students bring their own mobile device (BYOD) to school to use in the classroom. As an educator who has been given the opportunity to test pilot an iPod Touch adoption in our school district, I definitely have my own thoughts on this issue. I think, whether we like it or not, we have to prepare and encourage students to bring their own devices. But, no matter what side of the debate we land on, one thing is for sure, the web is going to be a powerful place for education. It is a space that if developers can conquer and create great products, they will do well in the education space.

Now, we can also debate for a very long time about the future of technology in education and the how the web will or will not play a part in that. But, for now, I think it is the way to go, especially for its low cost and its accessibility. For example, for the past few weeks, I have been playing around with Presefy, which is a web based application that you can use to share your presentations. I originally started using it to see if it could work in my classroom and as a way for others to use it as well.

Getting Started

When you first start to use Presefy, they make it really easy for you to upload your presentation to the website. All you have to do is drag and drop your file into the web app and your upload will begin. At the moment, they only support Powerpoint and PDF presentations, which is perfectly fine for most people.

Uploading your presentation

Uploading your presentation

Then you are going to want to name your channel, as it is called, which is where people will go to view your presentation. Once this is done, a url is created that you can now send to your audience. If you want to make it private, you can add a password for people to type in once they get to the site.

Presenting a Slideshow

Presenting a Slideshow

Presenting Your Slideshow

Once your audience is viewing your slide show, you can now present to them what you uploaded. You can use the arrows to go back and forth and you can also see all your slides and skip to a specific one if you want to. Once you are done presenting, you can hit the “End” button and your audience now loses connection to the slides.

Audience view of your slideshow

Audience view of your slideshow

Simple

I will be perfectly honest and say that the first time I tried this app out, I wasn’t impressed. I thought to myself that there are other apps that can do similar things, but can do a lot more, like having the audience participate in some way. But, what I realized more and more, was the fact that Presefy is really geared toward certain situations. It is great to have when your audience is right there with you, and not in situations where you have to give a presentation remotely. So, for the classroom, this works great because you control what everyone sees and students cannot skip ahead.

Sometimes simple is good, and in this case it works for an app like Presefy. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that other apps in this space may have, but, it is a very easy way to share presentations with a group of people who have an internet connected device. No longer do we have to spend hundreds of dollars on projectors when just about everyone has some kind of mobile device or computer with them.

Pricing

Right now, Presefy only offers a free plan where you get the features that I mention above and the ability to store up to 2 presentations on their site. They do have a pro plan in the works where you can store more presentations, more features for your audience, and more controls to make your presentations better. This looks really interesting and I would be curious to see what this pricing will be like. I think if they can price it right, they will get a lot of takers.

Pricing Plans

Pricing Plans

Final Thoughts

Presefy will definitely fill a need for a lot of people and others will dismiss it because it lacks the power features that other apps have to offer. In my opinion, I believe they have put themselves in a great spot to meet the need of the average person that needs to present something with others. They don’t overwhelm you with too many features and it will be interesting to see how the pro features will stack up. I would love to see them come out with an iPhone/iPad app where you can view and interact with presentations as well.

Bottom line: if you are looking for an easy, simple way to share presentations with others, you have to go and visit Presefy.


Summary

Let others use their web enabled device to view your presentation with Presefy

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