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Classroom Annotation Ideas

During this time when instruction needs to be flexible, you may need to annotate your lecture information in different ways than you have in the past. Writing on whiteboards is harder for students to see on a recording or over a Zoom meeting.

Here are some ideas that might help:

  1. PowerPoint has a built-in annotation tool – If you have a smartphone, tablet, or just need to draw simple arrows and highlights with your mouse, you can use the PowerPoint annotation tool. To access this tool, move your cursor to the bottom left of your slide to highlight the tools available to you. Tools include pen, highlighter, and laser pointer.
  2. Using a document camera – you can use a document camera in your Zoom meeting in classrooms that have Cynaps or Classroom Supplied Computers. See these instructions to connect your document camera to your Cynap and share via Zoom To connect your document camera through your Zoom meeting on a Classroom Supplied Computer, follow these instructions.
  3. Cynap annotation – If you are using the Cynap in the classroom, you can use the Cynap annotation tool. An advantage to using the Cynap annotation tool is that you can turn on collaboration and allow your students to join in by going to the Cynap’s IP address (located in the upper left of the screen). To learn more about Cynap annotation, see this video