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Recommended Hardware for Annotations

In some courses in particular, it may be easier for instructors to be able to narrate while writing content. In a traditional classroom, this may involve using a chalkboard, whiteboard, or even a document camera. In an online classroom, instructors will need touch-enabled hardware to have a similar experience.

Below are list of recommended technologies to accomplish this goal.

Please note: any annotation or sketchbook application may be used by instructors. However, at this time, DoIT only supports Microsoft OneNote as it is included in our Office 365 license.

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Apple iPad, iPad mini, or iPad Air and Apple Pencil (1st Generation)
Using any annotating application, record your screen using iOS’s native screen recorder. Upload your video to Panopto for your course to view. Alternatively, use the Webex mobile app, then screen share or use the built-in white board while on a Webex meeting for live annotations.

Apple Pencil 1st generation supports charging via the Lightning port on your iPad.

Pro Tip: This tablet is highly recommended as it has many other features: access email, the web, word processing applications, and more.

Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch or 11-inch) and Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
Using any annotating application, record your screen using iOS’s native screen recorder. Upload your video to Panopto for your course to view. Alternatively, use the Webex mobile app, then screen share or use the built-in white baord while on a Webex meeting for live annotations.

Apple Pencil 2nd generation supports charging wirelessly on the side of the iPad. Easily switch between different modes of your pencil by double tapping.

Pro Tip: This tablet is highly recommended as it has many other features: access email, the web, word processing applications, and more.

Microsoft Surface and Surface Pen
Using any annotating application, record your screen using the Panopto desktop application for your course to view. Alternatively, use the Webex app, then screen share or use the built-in whiteboard while on a Webex meeting for live annotations.

Surface Pen easily pairs with your Microsoft Surface for precise annotations.

Pro Tip: This tablet is highly recommended as it has many other features: access email, the web, word processing applications, and more.

Wacom Tablet
Create Kahn Academy-style videos using the Wacom Tablet. Connect to your laptop or desktop and use the Wacom software to begin annotating.