CE Session: Beyond Powerpoint: Leveraging Technology to Enhance Instruction and Learning

CE601: Beyond Powerpoint: Leveraging Technology to Enhance Instruction and Learning

Instructors: Antonio DeRosa & Marisol Hernandez of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library

Our awesome instructors from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Library!

Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, was quoted in a New York Times article as saying, “PowerPoint makes us stupid.” All of us have sat through dreadful PowerPoint presentations (too many slides, too many bullets, too small fonts!) and none us wants to to be the person to give that presentation. This session covered several different alternate presentation softwares and as well as non-presentation software options for library instruction sessions and other teaching contexts.

Core topics covered:

  • Jing & Screencast
  • Prezi
  • Keynote for iPads
  • LibGuides for Training
  • Game-Based Learning


The instructors created an awesome LibGuide with info, tips and training resources on each of these topics which is available here on the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Library site. Basic info on all of these tools is available via the LibGuide.  What follows below are interesting discussion/comparison points that came up during the session.

A lively discussion about the pros and cons of LibGuides

Pros of the various tools discussed



Cons of the various tools we discussed

Q: Jing vs. Camtasia? – Jing has fewer bells and whistles, but is easier to pick up and work with.  Camtasia is more advanced, higher learning curve, but more functionality.

Prezi lingo:

  • Canvas – Your workspace from which you’ll capture frames
  • Frames – frames ~ slides
  • Big reveal – zoom all the way out to show entire canvas at end of Prezzi, great effect

Q: Prezzi vs. PowerPoint –

  • Prezi more dynamic than PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint better for content rich, detailed info
  • Prezi better for short, key points
  • Prezi great for younger clientele
  • PowerPoint more embedded in institutions – officially branded PPT templates w/ logo, look & feel of institution
  • With Prezi, no need to worry about having a copy of the presentation available since Prezi presentations accessible via web browser, HOWEVER, if there’s no wifi/internet access where you’ll be doing your presentation Prezi is not an option
  • PowerPoint doesn’t require Flash, so for institutions whose IT department doesn’t allow downloading/updating of programs and plug-ins