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Lightboard: Remote Teaching: Touch-Screen PCs

COVID-19 Alert

Irwin Library will be closed this summer for HVAC updates. The Marjorie Rork Lightboard will reopen on August 1, 2022.

For alternatives and at-home solutions to the Lightboard, view the iLightboard, Touch-Screen PC, and Wacom pages on this LibGuide.

Annotating with a Touch-Screen PC

Instructors with touch screen PCs can replicate the core functionality of the Lightboard (live annotations with instructor presence) by using existing Butler-supported software. 

This setup will have a different look and feel from the output from the Lightboard or iLightboard app; instead of the instructor appearing behind the annotations, the video of the instructor and the video of the annotations will be separate (similar to a picture-in-picture setup).

For this setup, instructors need:

  • A PC with touch screen
  • A stylus (or finger)
  • PowerPoint
  • Panopto or Zoom

Record in Panopto

Prepare Your Presentation
  1. Open PowerPoint and create a new blank presentation.
  2. Create a new slide for each example. (Recommended even if you do not pre-populate content.)
  3. Pre-populate slides with any setup needed for your examples.
Panopto Setup
  1. Launch the Panopto Recorder.
  2. Select the appropriate course folder from the Folder field.
  3. Enter a name for the recording in the Name field.
  4. Set the Video source to capture your webcam.
  5. Set the Audio source to capture your computer's microphone or a connected USB headset.
  6. Select Capture Main Screen. (Note this is required to capture annotations.)
  7. Select Capture PowerPoint.
    1. In the PowerPoint tab in the Panopto window, select Start presenting when recording starts.
Create a Recording
  1. In Panopto, press the Record button. Panopto will pull up your PowerPoint and put it in presentation mode automatically.
  2. With your finger or stylus, tap the bottom left of the screen to see the presenter tools.
  3. Tap the Pen icon and then select your annotation color.
  4. Write anywhere on the screen with your stylus or finger. 
  5. When you are finished with your first example, tap tap the bottom left of the screen to see the presenter tools and tap the Next Slide button.
  6. Continue annotating and pressing the next slide button to navigate through your presentation. Press the Previous Slide button to navigate back to see prior annotations.
  7. When you reach the end of the presentation, press ESC to exit and press Keep to add your annotations to the presentation. 
  8. In the Panopto Recorder, press Stop.
  9. (Optional) If you are teaching multiple lessons with this presentation, select File >> Save As in PowerPoint and save the annotated copy to upload as notes for your first class. Return to the original file for each subsequent class.

After the recording is stopped, Panopto will automatically upload the video into the course folder chosen in Panopto Setup step 2 above. After uploaded, the video can be watched by you and your students or edited by you.

Record in Zoom

Zoom Setup
  1. Start a new Zoom meeting. Note that you do not need other participants to start or record a meeting.
  2. Start your video and join your audio.
  3. Select Share Screen from the meeting controls.
  4. In the Share window, select Whiteboard and press Share. Zoom will open a blank whiteboard.
  5. (Optional) On the whiteboard, pre-populate your examples either by using the pen tool or the text tool. Select the Add Whiteboard button at the bottom right to add up to 20 whiteboards, and use the arrow buttons to navigate between them. Navigate to the first slide before recording.
Create a Recording
  1. From the meeting controls, select Record on this computer under the More menu. 
  2. Go through your examples and slides. 
  3. When you are finished, press the Stop Recording button under the More menu.
  4. From the Annotation Tools menu, select Save to download an image file of each slide.
  5. End the Zoom meeting.
  6. After the video converts, a folder will appear with your video and image files.
Upload to Your Course
  1. Navigate to your Canvas course.
  2. Select Panopto Recordings.
  3. Click the Create button and select Upload video.
  4. Drag and drop the Zoom video file into the upload box. After the upload is complete, close the window.
  5. Refresh the Panopto Recordings page. You will now see your video in the Panopto folder. (Change the video name by hovering over the video thumbnail, selecting Settings, and then selecting Edit next to the Name field.)
  6. (Optional) Create a new Canvas page and embed the image files as another study resource.


Lesson planning applies to video recording too!!!
  • Set a clear objective (one topic) for the recording.
  • Consider pre-writing or drawing some content.
  • Check the PowerPoint requirements below for best practices.
  • Practice annotating before recording.
Background & Setup
  • Stand or sit about an arm's length away from the iPad.
  • Position the camera at eye level.
  • Leave space between the top of your head and the top of the screen.
  • Position your llighting source in front of you, not behind you.
  • Clean up your surroundings.
  • Pay attention to and minimize background noises.
What to Wear
  • Wear colors with a strong contrast to your background and to your skin.
  • No logo’s – they will be inverted in the recording.
  • Jewel tones (ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green) look great on camera. Avoid pastels.
  • Use patterns sparingly. Small prints (pinstripes, polka dots, small checkers) can make viewers dizzy.
During the Recording
  • If you are creating a series of videos for the same course you don’t need an intro for each one.
  • Make sure you look into the camera when you aren’t writing on the screen.
PowerPoint & Whiteboard
  • If you are pre-populating slides with information, leave yourself plenty of room for annotations.
  • Don’t use the usual bullet point talk – BORING!!!
Think about...
  • Running a video in PowerPoint and talking about the video.​​​​​​​

Have you used a touch-screen PC to make annotated videos?

Email the Center for Academic Technology ( to have your example video added here!


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