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The lightboard is the newest addition to the One Button Studio at Penn State. This technology allows faculty, staff and students to record presentations that require hand written notes with the same ease of use as the traditional One Button Studio.

Currently located only in the Pollock Media Commons at University Park, the lightboard is available by advance appointment.

Be sure to select ‘Lightboard’ as the type of assignment when you fill out the form.

Best Practices for Using Lightboard

Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing. Because the lighting setup is different from the traditional One Button Studio, wearing dark colors may make you difficult to see in the video. If you would like to be seen in the video, we recommend wearing white or shirts with a lot of white in them to make you stand out. If your presence in the video is not required, black or dark color clothing would be appropriate, so you blend into the background.

Plan what you will write ahead of time. Due to limited space on which to write, you will need to plan what you are going to write ahead of time so that you do not run out of space while you are recording. The best way to plan for this is to take a piece of paper, 8.5″ x 11″, and fold it in half. Then, write out each section of notes that you will need on those two halves of paper.

Plan to record in 5-10 minute segments, if possible. The markers that the lightboard uses are not as easy to remove as a traditional white board or chalk board, so it takes a few minutes to wipe away. Once you have used up the maximum amount of space possible, stop recording and then clean off the glass. Once you are finished you can begin recording your next section of notes. When you have finished recording all of the segments that you need, a Media Commons Consultant can help you string the separate videos together through the use of editing software.