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Library Tutorials: Instructional Software

The following tutorials will help you get started using the research tools provided by Himmelfarb.

Panopto General Information

What is Panopto?

Panopto is classroom lecture capture software.  It can also be used to create sharable narrated presentations.

Accessing Panopto

  • For GW computers - from the GW Software Center, you can download the Panopto Recorder software 
  • For non-GW computers - you can go to the Panopto website and download the software.

Panopto Tutorials

Camtasia General Information

What is Camtasia?

Camtasia Studio is a screen and audio capture software that allows you to record on-screen activity and import audio and video files for editing to produce web-based videos. The program also allows you to create interactive videos with clickable links, tables of contents, and more.

Accessing Camtasia

Camtasia 8 is available on the Multimedia Curricular Workstation in Himmelfarb Library room 307, located on the 3rd floor in the Bloedorn Technology Center. The Multimedia Curricular Workstation can be reserved for use here for up to three hours per person per day.

Camtasia Tutorials

PollEverywhere General Information

What is PollEverywhere?

Poll Everywhere is an audience response system licensed by GW's School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Poll Everywhere provides SMHS faculty with several interactive question types including multiple choice, word cloud, clickable image, and open-ended questions. Instructors can also employ Q&A, allowing users to submit questions, and Competition, in which participants compete to answer a series of questions the fastest.

Poll Everywhere allows students to respond to questions synchronously via an app or webpage, and also permits asynchronous responses.

Accessing PollEverywhere

To get started with Poll Everywhere

SMHS faculty can request a Poll Everywhere account from Teddy Hristov ( or Tom Harrod (

When you receive the emailed invitation, click on the link and register for a Poll Everywhere account.

To use Poll Everywhere with Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Slack, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, or Zoom

Download and install the appropriate software extension on your computer.  

  • Poll Everywhere for Google Slides is a Chrome extension and only works with the Google Chrome web browser.
  • Available via the Software Center on SMHS computers

PollEverywhere Tutorials