Okay, on to animoto and Prezi. We've been using them in the classroom for a couple of years for book group presentations. Right now kids are using it to explore an aspect of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: regionalism, Twain's critique of religion, Jim as father, friend and human, etc. I'm embedding one I made to introduce A Tale of Two Cities to my students..
I first saw Prezi on a TED talk and was wowed by its rabbit hole approach. I used to have the students do paper mind maps of books we read, but when I offered them Prezi as an option, most seize upon it. They can assign greater value/space to a variety of angles and never run out of paper. They are also clever about the pathways, sometimes diving into the pupil of a person, the face of a coin, you get it. Some students have chosen to make a Prezi for their Huck project. Rather than embed one of mine, I'm going to embed one made by a student. It's almost finished, due tomorrow, but I think it's looking great!
Actually, I'm afraid I won't pass if I don't embed one I did - which is I suppose part of the point. I made this in 2010, and it has a sadly obvious lack of imagination, but here goes: