If you use the online version of Prezi slide decks (like this one), please check to make sure the links are working. This weekend, the folks over at Prezi.com changed some coding that inadvertently caused almost all of my Prezi links to malfunction.

The Prezi links included in my TeachersPayTeachers.com products have now been updated, but you’ll need to re-download those items from your “My Purchases” area on the TpT website to receive the updated links.

As far as I can tell, the Prezi change affected links from all users, not just me. So if you use any cloud-based Prezis in your class or post links to your online classroom portal, such as Google Classroom or Edmodo, you’ll need to update those url addresses.

Spread the word to your teacher friends! My fear is that someone will rely on a Prezi that’s worked fine for years, only to discover the link is broken right as class begins. I know, I know, we should always double-check all media while lesson planning, but life happens.

Does this mean I hate Prezi?

Nope. Even though it took me 15 hours to update all of the Prezi-based items in my catalog, I’m not mad. Maybe it’s Tom’s voice from last week, but life is a struggle and this is the first time in six years of using the free platform that I’ve had any sort of trouble. It’s a bummer, but at least the fix was easy – tedious, but easy.

Okay, that’s my public service announcement. Check your Prezi links and tell others to do the same.

Teach on, everyone.

Join the conversation! 14 Comments

  1. You are such an amazing gift to each and every person you share all your amazing resources with each day …, thank you for your hard, long-suffering (at times) hours on behalf of all your followers.

    Please know that each time I share one of your Prezi presentation … I tell them that I have a really smart English teacher friend that made it … and how great a friend she is to share !❣️

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  2. Thanks, Lynnly, for this note of encouragement. There was definitely a larger than usual dose of suffering this weekend, but I’m just glad everything’s back up and running now for everyone. Whew!


  3. I have a problem expanding the slides to a full screen somehow; any idea what I’m doing wrong?


  4. Hey areidj2014,
    Thanks for checking in with me! Hmm…that is a bit strange. I just tested the links using both Chrome and Safari and both allowed me to click on the little full-screen arrows on the bottom right-hand corner of the Prezi screen to blow up the slides to fill the computer screen. Those arrows are in the same spot as the expand to full-screen button that you’ve likely seen on YouTube videos. If you’re clicking it and it’s not working, it might be because of a conflict with your browser. So if you’re using, say, Explorer, try launching the Prezi in Chrome or Firefox and see what happens. Hope this helps! 🙂


  5. So how did you fix them? I’m one of the teachers you mentioned using a link that I’ve used for years…and suddenly it’s not working and here I am trouble shooting in class!


  6. Hi Gina,
    I hear you! Major frustrations, eh? To get the updated link from a Prezi-based product you purchased on TpT, you’ll want to re-download that item from your account and find the updated link within those materials. If, though, you’re trying to use a Prezi you or your students created, you’ll need to log into your Prezi.com account and find the “Share” option on the Prezi file. Then, just copy the new link and paste it wherever is needed for you/your kids to access it. Hope this helps!


  7. Hello!
    First of all, thank you for all the resources you provide to teachers! If I buy a lesson from you, I know it will be thorough and impactful! Second, I am teaching “The Rules of the Game” to my students and I’m trying to open the link for the “Write like a pro” presentation and it is giving me the 403 message. I have not updated my TPT download yet, but I don’t seem to see an update on the TPT website.


  8. Thanks so much for your purchase and for letting me know about this tech trouble, Laken. As you know, the Prezi.com folks updated their website in early March with coding that now requires a different link to access the online versions of slide decks. All Prezi links that go along with all of my items are now updated, but you will need to re-download this product from your “My Purchases” area to grab the updated link information. You can access the “My Purchases” section of your account via the top right side of your landing page; when I hover my mouse over my name on my account, a bunch of options pop up, including that one.

    If you try that and still can’t access everything or if a previous purchase isn’t showing in your account (that shouldn’t happen because buyers own access to their purchases forever), you’ll want to reach out to TpT tech-support folks. They are great at solving these sorts of problems. Just click on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of most pages on the TpT website and fill out a help ticket explaining what’s happening. Then, someone from tech support will get back to you ASAP with the fix. Don’t worry – you’ll be up and running with everything soon.

    Hang in there!


  9. Thanks, Laura, you saved my soul. I was near desperation. But you are right: We have to go to our prezi.com accounts and pick the presentation links from there. (Not that I think the Prezi staff did a great job by secretly clipping our links. Imagine Microsoft had done such a thing).
    Great thanks again!


  10. Happy to help a fellow Prezi-creator, Urs. And I agree, a heads-up email from the Prezi folks before the change would’ve been nice. Still, disaster has been (mostly) averted, I suppose. Glad you found my post!


  11. I was about to send an email, but once again, you are on the ball. Thanks for all you’ve done for the teaching community.


  12. Thanks, Brett, for your kind note! I’ll keep doing all I can to stay on top of things. 🙂


  13. I still get the 403 message when I try to open the Gatsby links on prezi


  14. Thanks for checking in with me, Kat! So sorry for the hassle you’re facing. The fresh links are now working for folks, so if you’ve re-downloaded the bundle and the new links aren’t working for you it might be because something went awry during your latest download. This sometimes happens, especially with larger files, because of small blips and breaks of internet connectivity. The first thing to do is simply re-download this item once again from your My Purchases page over on TpT. Most of the time, a fresh copy of a download irons out these sorts of strange tech wrinkles. You’ll also want to be sure to open any PDFs you download from TpT with the latest version of Adobe Reader, the preferred industry standard software for accessing PDFs. You can grab a free copy of that software here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/

    If you try that and still can’t access everything, you’ll want to reach out to TpT tech-support folks. They are great at solving these sorts of problems. Just click on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of most pages on the site and fill out a help ticket explaining what’s happening. Then, someone from tech support will get back to you ASAP with the fix. Don’t worry – you’ll be up and running with everything soon. Hang in there!
    🙂 Laura


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