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Lightboard: Remote Teaching: Wacom Tablet

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 Wacom Tablet

Initially created for graphic designers and graphic illustrators, Wacom tablets have found their way into educational contexts because of their affordability, accessibility, and ease of use. Wacom tablets typically connect to a computer through USB (although some can also connect to smart phones) and provide users with an interface to physically write or draw using a pen interface instead of mouse. 

Wacom tablets start around the size of a mouse pad but can be larger. Users position the tablet next to their computer and use a pen tool with interchangeable nibs to write or draw in the software of their choice. The largest learning curve with using a Wacom tablet is learning to watch the screen as your write or draw instead of your hand; this setup is similar to tablets connected to SMART boards where one must position the cursor in the correct position on screen before writing or drawing. 

The Center for Academic Technology primarily has Wacom Intuos tablets available for checkout in the Lending Library, although a few tablets with graphic displays are available. Email CAT ( to inquire about availability and schedule equipment pickup.


Setting Up the Wacom with Your Computer


Customizing Tablet & Pen Settings


Getting Familiar with a Wacom Pen


Wacom and PowerPoint


Wacom and OneNote


Wacom for Note Taking

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

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


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937

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