#TechTipThursday: Taking Notes in the PowerPoint App


Instructors’ frequently use PowerPoint to convey course material, whether in an online, hybrid or face-to-face class. As is likely the case at other institutions, Longwood University instructors often share lecture notes in advance of a class session. When taking notes for class, it can be helpful to type in the notes section or type directly into the slide, but sometimes it would be really helpful to annotate directly on the slide. If you download the PowerPoint app on an iPad and log in with Longwood Live email credentials, you can draw directly on the slide and save those annotations. This post provides direction on how students can take notes and annotate directly on PowerPoint slides, using the iOS app.

To begin you will access the Canvas app to download a PowerPoint file to your device.

  1. When you locate the file you need, tap on the “share” icon and then tap “copy to PowerPoint” 1
  2. When the PowerPoint opens in the app, you will need to click “Duplicate” in order to make edits. 2
  3. You can save the PowerPoint to your iPad, OneDrive through Longwood, DropBox, etc. (not GoogleDrive)3
  4. Then, click on the “Draw” tab and you can select the pen, highlighter, or eraser and different colors and sizes45
  5. Lastly, if you need to share the PowerPoint with different people, or email it to yourself, click the “Add People” icon button send a copy. All annotations/drawings save when you navigate away from PowerPoint.6

If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

This post was drafted by Kelsey Dunbar, Graduate Assistant, Digital Education Collaborative.

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