A lightboard is a transparent writing surface (glass or plexiglass). When writing on it with a special marker, the written text becomes illuminated. The lighboard makes it possible to create videos with the presenter facing the audience while writing.
What you need to build your own lightboard
- Thick, ultra-clear glass or plexiglass
- Some support to hold the glass
- LED strips
- Expo Neon Markers
The first Lightboard
In 2019, a group of Vanier teachers I was part of, received a Saltise Mini-Grant to build a lightboard. I was coordinating the project and building it. The board was built so it can be easily be moved around the college. For security and financial reasons, plexiglass was used. The main disadvantage of plexiglass is that is easily scratches. And indeed, in the months that we used the board, it has accumulated its fare share of them. However, we discovered, that when using the board in front of a bright background (and bright clothing), those scratches are not really visible in the video.
The second Lighboard
With the 2020 pandemic, I was now working from home and did not want to travel to the college just to use the lightboard. Thus I build a second one at home. The second board is smaller and built with 10 mm thick, 36x24 inch, ultra-clear, untempered glass.