I teach an engineering class and pre-covid used to use Powerpoint slides projected on to a whiteboard so I could easily annotate on slides.
Plus the class had spare whiteboards where I could draw additional concepts.
Post-covid I am using zoom for my courses via my laptop (non touch screen). Now I can still share the slides but then come several problems. Annotating via zoom on the laptop is clunky since the mouse / trackpad isn't too good for this. A workaround is that to sign in from my Android tablet (Samsung S6 lite) as a second (dummy) user and then annotate using the stylus.
This works somewhat but has it's flaws again. First, the palm rejection doesn't work within zoom so one has to hold the stylus clunkily. Second every time I change to a new slide I've to manually "clear" the annotations since zoom seems to assume those should stick to all slides.
Furthermore, the annotations are lost and then don't make it to anything permanent that I can share with the students.
I could use the inking feature within power-point but then I would need a touchscreen laptop or to buy something like the Wacom bamboo. Not sure how steep the learning curve would be for that.
Finally, if I just need to sketch something in "parallel" to the ppt (which I would have done in a normal class using the 2nd whiteboard) there's no good way to do that.
Just curious how others are handling this? The tablet annotate screen real estate seems too small while writing with a stylus (due to a resolution mismatch). One can barely write 3 or 4 lines whereas a physical whiteboard would easily allow 10. It's difficult to keep as many concepts / equations / diagrams in the visual window to make a clear point.
Just wondering if any tips regarding the technology setup others are using? Any better tooling that would handle this multiple task set of powerpoint + annotation + multiple whiteboards?