How to Annotate PowerPoint slides with ClassPoint

Teaching has always been a combination of projecting digital content on your PC and doodling on the whiteboard. Some teachers use tools such as visualizers to make whiteboarding easier or to write atop their content, but still, digital content and physical handwriting are two different worlds in classroom teaching.

If any of these have occurred in your classroom:

  • Projecting your slides on the whiteboard and annotating on them using markers
  • Switching your HDMI/VGA source frequently between computer and visualizer
  • Using your mouse to doodle on slides
  • Always feeling that your whiteboard is not big enough

Then ClassPoint can do you a big favor. We address this problem by allowing you to annotate right on top of any of your PowerPoint slides, and by introducing the digital whiteboard tool that you can add during your slideshow. Together with these two tools, your experience will become so much more productive and integrated with your digital content.

Annotate PowerPoint slides with ClassPoint

You can annotate on any PowerPoint slide in your presentation with ClassPoint. On the ClassPoint toolbar at the bottom of the screen in slideshow mode, you can see all the different annotation tools.

There are different colored pens, a highlighter, and eraser for you to add more information to your slides. In addition, you can use the laser tool to draw attention to a certain area of the slide. Once you have selected a color, just begin adding content to your slide and it will be saved automatically in your slideshow! It’s that simple.

To make your experience more personalized, you can edit the pen colors. Back in Edit Mode, in the ClassPoint ribbon, you can customize the color of up to 5 pens. These changes will be reflected back on the toolbar in slideshow mode. This way, you are only using what you prefer without unwanted tools cluttering your toolbar.

Add whiteboard during slide show

To add a whiteboard, simply go to ClassPoint toolbar and click the Whiteboard icon. After that, choose among the different choices of backgrounds and click. A new slide with the selected background will be created without quitting slide show mode.

Now you can annotate on the whiteboard slide just like how to annotate on normal slides. And when you exit slideshow, the whiteboard pages you added during slideshow will all be saved.

To further personalize your experience with ClassPoint, we have made it possible for you to create your own whiteboard background. To do this, simply click on the Whiteboard Backgrounds icon in the ClassPoint ribbon. You can upload your own image, like a graph paper, or use a current slide to customize your whiteboard backgrounds. If needed, you can also remove any backgrounds that aren’t relevant to you.

So now you have it, the digital whiteboard you can add to your slides anytime you need to. There are a few unique benefits of using ClassPoint’s whiteboard tool:

  • It saves time: it is a matter of one-click vs. switching between PPT and whiteboard back and forth
  • Integration with your slides: usually whiteboard is the continuation of slides so ClassPoint puts them together
  • Unlimited: you can add as many whiteboard slides as you need
  • Easy saving and sharing: because of the digital form, the whiteboard slides can be easily saved (as PPT/PDF) and shared online

Recommended digital inking devices

Interactive whiteboards/displays

OnePanel Annotation

Good news! ClassPoint is compatible with all your existing interactive whiteboards/displays, be it Smartboard, Promethean or INKNOE’s HybridBoard or OnePanel. The experience is seamless: you can use either stylus or just your finger to draw without needing to install any driver. If you are one of our HybridBoard users, you must be using it sometimes as a normal whiteboard too due to its “hybrid” nature.

In general, we recommend you to use interactive whiteboards in larger classrooms where you already have projectors in place, and use interactive displays in smaller settings because LED displays are usually smaller than boards. But the good thing is their display quality and brightness are usually much better than interactive whiteboards.

Interactive presentation podium

annotates on PowerPoint slide with classpoint

If you are a professor teaching in 200-300 pax lecture halls, interactive whiteboards/displays become useless. In this case, you want to use an interactive presentation podium, which feels like a huge tablet. You can touch control your presentation and draw on it as needed. The podium then will be connected to one or more large projection screens for the whole class to see.

Touchscreen laptops/tablet PCs

SurfacePro 1

If your classroom is not equipped with any professional interactive devices, use a touchscreen laptop or tablet PC such as Surface Pro can also serve the purpose. We have designed ClassPoint and all our other software applications to be fully compatible with any Windows machines, so be worry-free.

Graphics Tablet


For those of you who are using a non-touchscreen PC, consider using a graphics tablet in addition to your PC. The most popular, the Wacom tablets, allow you to plug in this device to your computer so that you can draw on the screen. This way, you can create and add content to your PPT slides, that you wouldn’t be able to do with a mouse.

Give us your feedback 🙂

We are constantly working on new features/improvements for the whiteboard tool. If you have any feature requests, leave us a comment below!

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