We are often asked for advice about annotating slides and pointing out things on slides during a lecture. This is often in connection with recording the lecture with Panopto, where pointing at something shown on the projector screen using your finger or laser pointer, for example, is not recorded – and, therefore, is not of much use to the students watching the recording.
One way of getting around this issue is to use a tool in Powerpoint 2016 called Inking. You will find the icon to start Inking at the bottom of your screen when in slideshow mode. Inking allows you to use the mouse (or a finger with touch screens) to point at, write on and highlight anything in your presentation at the podium, and it shows up both on the projector screen in the classroom as well as on the Panopto recording.
- Clear pointing with a virtual laser pointer
- Write, draw or highlight something on a slide while you are presenting, reducing the need to switch between applications or use the document camera
- Stay facing the students throughout the presentation
All of the above benefits are visible to students in the room as well as anyone watching the recording.
- Using a mouse it can be difficult to write or draw with precision – or at least without a lot of practice.
How do I use Inking?
- Lynda.com has an excellent 3 minute video on annotation and highlighting during a slide show
(you will be required to sign in when using the above link, the sign-in button is in the top right hand side, and this should divert you to a UWE sign-in option).