Getting Your Materials Ready (Windows)

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Now that you have created your file structure and have become familiar with the recording equipment, keep in mind the tips John has to share with you to help you get your materials ready.

Working with PowerPoint slides

  • If you are using PowerPoint to prepare your lecture slides, make sure your presentation file is saved to the course folder (e.g., ECON 101) under a directory where you can easily locate it (e.g., Lecture Slides).
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  • Open your PowerPoint file and navigate to the slide you want to capture.
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  • Preview your slides in Presentation mode to ensure that they are displayed properly.

Working with PDF files

  • If you are producing your lecture slides as PDF files, make sure your PDF file is saved to your course folder (e.g., ECON 101) under a directory where you can easily locate it (e.g., Lecture Slides).
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  • If you want to annotate your slides, open your PDF file with PDF Annotator, which allows you to draw shapes on your slides, and underline and highlight your content.
  • When you open your PDF file in PDF Annotator, it will appear on a screen as shown below.
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  • You can change the dimensions of your PDF file from the editing menu shown below.
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Summary
A great option for instructors to add video discussion topics.
Features
User FriendlyCopy/paste a link to your Grid in Canvas
Cost
Free for all educators.
Where to get help
Company's website
 
Summary
A useful tool to store and share your documents with all of your classes and colleagues. You create folders and decide how to share them.
Features
Canvas integration through embeddingEasily used across devices
Cost
Free available to all ISU faculty
Where to get help
ISU's IT
 
Summary
Allows for threaded, asynchronous communication between students and instructors. Great option for instructors who want to encourage more in depth online discussions.
Features
AL-Supported Online Discussion Platform
Cost
Purchased • Information available on Packback website
Where to get help
Company Website