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Whiteboard Options and Alternatives

ELMO Document Camera

The ELMO Document Camera is one method of sharing live mark-up with your students. Using the document camera, you may write on whatever canvas using any effective utensil.

If you're teaching to a face-to-face class, simply switch the projector to display the document camera using the wall panel or remote. However, if these options aren't available or you have remote students, there are a few viable alternatives.

First, consider using Zoom. If you're using just the document camera with no webcam, the procedure is very simple:

  1. Launch Zoom and log in.
    IT provides a guide at https://semo.edu/it/guides/zoom_information.html.
  2. Click or tap the Settings icon in the upper right corner.
  3. From the options categories on the left, select "Video".
  4. From the camera otion, select the ELMO document camera.
  5. Uncheck the "mirror my video" box to ensure text appears in the correct direction.

If you wish to broadcast your webcam and document camera at the same time, follow this procedure instead:

  1. Launch Zoom and log in.
    IT provides a guide at https://semo.edu/it/guides/zoom_information.html.
  2. Click or tap the Settings icon in the upper right corner.
  3. From the options categories on the left, select "Video".
  4. From the camera otion, select your webcam.
  5. Optionally, uncheck the "mirror my video" box to ensure text appears in the correct direction.
  6. Once you're in a meeting, choose to share your screen.
  7. from the advanced tab, select "Content from 2nd Camera".

In some instances, such as with older ELMO cameras, it won't operate correctly as a second webcam. In this instance, ImageMate will let you mirror the ELMO document camera to your desktop.

  1. Open the start menu, and type in "ImageMate" without quotes; the software should be pre-installed on equipped TechPacks.
  2. Open the software and position the window where it can stay on top of your screen without other programs interfering.
    In dual monitor setups, it's best to fullscreen the software on the projected screen.
  3. Any software which can broadcast your screen, including Zoom, will now be able to use your document camera.

Planar Touchscreen

The Planar touchscreen monitor is another easy way to share live writing with your students, with the added advantage that you can face them while you write.

One of the most effective ways to use the touchscreen is with Windows Ink, a built in software suite for writing on your desktop and virtual whiteboard. Enabling Windows Ink on a new account is a very simple process, and typically takes under 30 seconds.

  1. Locate the taskbar, typically on the bottom of the screen. This bar holds the start menu, active programs, and notification tray. 
  2. Right click (or long press) on the empty space of the taskbar, between the programs and the tray.   
  3. From the menu which appears, select “Show Windows Ink Workspace button.”
  4. A new pen icon should appear, as displayed below. Click it, then click “Whiteboard” to download and install the software. 
  5. Click the Whiteboard text again. The software will open, and after agreeing to terms and conditions, you may proceed to the previous guide. 

Once it's installed, using the software is just as easy:

  1. Click the pen icon in the tray.
  2. Click either “Whiteboard” to create a new blank space, or “Fullscreen snip” to write on the desktop. 
  3. The window that appears will give you a variety of tools. Tap on a tool to use it, then draw on the screen with your finger or an appropriate writing utensil.
  4. In Whiteboard, the leftmost button switches between inking mode and insertion mode.

Each of the inking tools serves a unique and useful function:

  • The pens, the six left-most tools, are the basic drawing tools.
    By clicking again, they can each be assigned a different color and size
  • The highlighter has a flat tip and is somewhat translucent
  • The eraser will erase a certain radius of anything beneath it
  • The ruler allows one to use tools in a straight line
    It can be rotated using two fingers or the scroll wheel
  • The lasso allows selection of one or more objects which can then be moved or deleted
  • The undo and redo buttons do as is implied; they go backwards and forwards in history

Planar Touchscreen with Stylus (PXL2230)

Touchscreens are a great way to provide live mark-up to students, as you can write while still facing the audience. They're even better with the precision of a stylus. Using the PXL2230, it's easy to provide live visual instruction to students.

The PXL2230 is unique because it comes with a stylus. To start using it, simply located it on the bottom part of the right side of the monor and slide it out. It can be used immediately, and doesn't require batteries or drivers.

One of the most effective ways to use the touchscreen is with Windows Ink, a built in software suite for writing on your desktop and virtual whiteboard. Enabling Windows Ink on a new account is a very simple process, and typically takes under 30 seconds.

  1. Locate the taskbar, typically on the bottom of the screen. This bar holds the start menu, active programs, and notification tray. 
  2. Right click (or long press) on the empty space of the taskbar, between the programs and the tray.   
  3. From the menu which appears, select “Show Windows Ink Workspace button.”
  4. A new pen icon should appear, as displayed below. Click it, then click “Whiteboard” to download and install the software. 
  5. Click the Whiteboard text again. The software will open, and after agreeing to terms and conditions, you may proceed to the previous guide. 

Once it's installed, using the software is just as easy:

  1. Click the pen icon in the tray.
  2. Click either “Whiteboard” to create a new blank space, or “Fullscreen snip” to write on the desktop. 
  3. The window that appears will give you a variety of tools. Tap on a tool to use it, then draw on the screen with your finger or an appropriate writing utensil.
  4. In Whiteboard, the leftmost button switches between inking mode and insertion mode.

Each of the inking tools serves a unique and useful function:

  • The pens, the six left-most tools, are the basic drawing tools.
    By clicking again, they can each be assigned a different color and size
  • The highlighter has a flat tip and is somewhat translucent
  • The eraser will erase a certain radius of anything beneath it
  • The ruler allows one to use tools in a straight line
    It can be rotated using two fingers or the scroll wheel
  • The lasso allows selection of one or more objects which can then be moved or deleted
  • The undo and redo buttons do as is implied; they go backwards and forwards in history

The Old-Fashioned Whiteboard

Sometimes, simple is better. If campus technology feels like overengineering for a simple problem, the whiteboard installed in most classrooms might be your solution.

Whiteboard Tutorial
  1. Consider your teaching environment. If you are broadcasting to remote students, ensure your camera view will capture your whiteboard.
  2. Select an appropriate writing utensil.
  3. Take the cap off and use the exposed tip to draw on the board.
  4. Once finished, use isopropyl alcohol and/or an eraser to remove your markings.
  5. Ensure the camera is set back to its normal position once you are done with the whiteboard.

Using the whiteboard effectively is also important. See this useful guide for more info:

Zoom

If you're already in a Zoom call, sometimes it's easiest to just use what's available. Using Zoom's built-in markup, you can provide detailed and live visual feedback to students by drawing on the screen or a virtual whiteboard. Refer to the timestamp 6:00 in the following video for more information, or follow the tutorial below.

Whiteboard Tutorial
  1. Select the Share Screen from your meeting's top bar.
  2. Select Whiteboard
  3. Select Share.
  4. Select your desired tool from the bar which appears; options should include the mouse, selection, text, and drawing.
  5. Click and drag to use your desired tool.
  6. If desired, use the page button in the bottom right corner of your whiteboard to create and change pages; this will let you make a fresh set of notes without deleting the old ones.
  7. When finished, select Stop Share.

For integration with the document camera, see the appropriate tabs at the top of the page.

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