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Combine board, paper and Zoom

When you teach via zoom there are several ways to share notes on the side. On this webpage you find some useful tips of how to do this.

The whiteboard-tool in Zoom

Video: Record notes using smartphone or padlet

When you click “share screen” your screen options will appear. Among the various windows you can choose to open, choose “Whiteboard”.

If you have a tablet pen, you can type directly into the tablet using your pen. If you only have keyboard and mouse access, you can type text and numbers or add shapes, lines, colors and use the highlighter.

If you have access to tablet pen

Read about how to download the Zoom app .

Alternative 1: From your tablet, click on "share screen".

Alternative 2: Join the zoom room from your tablet. Make sure your audio is switched off. The advantage of joining as a participant is that you can choose what screens that shall be visible by 'pinning' them.

Your surf tablet will appear as one of the participants. Hover the mouse over the thumbnail 'participants', click on the three dots and select ' pin video' so that your tablet's screen is visible in the zoom window and cannot be 'taken over' if someone is talking. Write, draw, count. You can still control the recording mode, etc. from your computer.

Remember to shot down the sound on your mobile/ tablet to avoid acoustic feedback in zoom.

Share notes from your paper & pen via the mobile and surf tablet

You can also view your physical "paper-and-pencil notes" via smartphone or tablet. Use a tripod if you have access to one. If not, a bit of inventiveness is required as the camera / plate must be rigged above a surface with good lighting. You need to be able to access the camera /plate screen settings, but you can rig with books, magazine collectors, cable ties, lamp stands, tubes, sticks, fork tape or other material. Watch instructional video on how to record notes with smartphone or padlet (KTH Play)

Illustration: Make your own 'overhead-rig'

Four illustrations of makeshift document camera rig for smartphone
Use the smartphone video camera as a document camera, by mounting it different ways over paper documents. The smartphone can be positioned correctly by using piles of books or placed on two objects equal in height. The smartphone can also be positioned on a piece of cardboard.

Consider the following:

  • Download the Zoom app on your mobile and do the same as with the plate above and select one of the options.
  • You must turn off the sound on your mobile / tablet in order not to get acoustic feedback in Zoom.
  • Do not use the camera's selfie mode, it usually has poorer resolution and quality than the usual, plus you need the camera's screen for settings.
  • Do not zoom in too much, as the slightest movement will cause a rocky image. Instead, try to rig your phone / plate as low as possible.
  • Go into the right zoom meeting from your mobile / tablet and do the same with the tablet; share screen from mobile / tablet or enter as participant and "pin video".


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Last changed: Aug 03, 2021