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Whiteboard teaching in Zoom: digitizer tablet

With Zoom, you can film yourself through the webcam, providing a greater sense of closeness while sharing a PowerPoint presentation or digital whiteboard. With a digitizer tablet – a significantly cheaper alternative to most tablets – you can replace your mouse with a pen, which makes it easier to annotate your presentations or do elaborate calculations on your computer.

 

The following guide describes an asynchronous video recording. But it can also be used for synchronous teaching where the students are following the teaching live.

In the guide, a Wacom-produkt is used as an example. If you are considering using a digitizer, ensure that the product is compatible with your computer. Additionally, be aware that using a digitizer may require some practice and habituation. 

You can also record presentations directly in PowerPoint.

Preparing the digitizer

  1. Download the driver for your digitizer on the product’s website and install the software. Follow the installation instructions.
  2. Connect your digitizer. Make sure you do not have, for example, a USB mouse connected to your device at the same time. This can sometimes cause problems when using the digitizer at the same time.
  3. Set pen and tablet sensitivity and settings to your liking. Open pen settings software and click on Touch settings.


  4. Note that Zoom must be selected in Application in the top menu. It may not appear the first time. You must, therefore, find the program and grant the software access. This is done by pressing the small plus (+) to the right of the column. A menu will appear where you need to locate Zoom.



    If the Zoom window does not appear in the small window, press Browse and locate the program. Then press OK.

    The Pen and Touch Options menus allow you to set the sensitivity and speed of the pen. Try and find the level that suits you best.


Recording in Zoom on Whiteboard or PowerPoint

  1. Access the website https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/ and start a meeting/Host.
  2. Open Zoom Meetings and Join with computer audio
  3. You can now see yourself on the computer screen and adjust your camera. You may need to change the camera and microphone input in the lower-left corner if you are using, for example, an external webcam or microphone/headset.


  4. At the bottom of the Zoom menu, press the Share Screen button, where you can share a Whiteboard or your PowerPoint – open the PowerPoint window before you start sharing screen. Press Share after selecting your desired input.

    When you share a Whiteboard or PowerPoint, there is a bar with drawing tools at the top. If you are running PowerPoint, press Annotate to bring up the drawing menu.


    TIP
    : If you are planning to make several annotations in your PowerPoint, it may be a good idea to insert blank slides, for example, when you edit your PowerPoint, which you can use as a replacement for a whiteboard.
  5. Start your presentation with Record.

    Recordings can be paused and resumed, and you can make multiple recordings in one meeting room. When you leave the meeting room at the end, your videos will be stored separately on your computer and ready to be uploaded to Kaltura in Blackboard.

    TIP: Screen sharing will automatically be included in your footage – including a profile picture or webcam input in the upper right corner. A video feed of you can give your students a sense of closeness, but be careful not to place items in the top right corner of your PowerPoint presentation.

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The newsletter was edited by Nina Adolfsen. If you have any suggestions or comments, please contact nva@stll.au.dk.

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