Classroom technology guide

Classroom User Guide Overview

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This page covers many of the main topics associated with the instructor stations.

Classroom Directory expanding section

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The classroom directory is a primary resourse to go to to find out information about various classrooms and meeting rooms on campus. You are able to filter down to specific classrooms by selecting the following criteria:

  • Building
  • Room Type
  • Seating Capacity
  • Computer
  • Interactive Annotation Technology
  • Lecture Capture

Once filtered down to you selection you will be able to see details of that particular room. You will see photos and details of the room. Use the following link to open the Classroom Directory.

Instructor Station expanding section

There will be four different types of computer setups in the classroom. Please review the Classroom Directory to confirm what type your classroom has.

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1) All-in-One Windows computer

The All-in-One computers have the computer and the monitor integrated into one unit. This is the default computer type for new and updated classrooms. These units are touchscreen capable.

 

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2) Windows computer and monitor

These units have a standard monitor and PC base

 

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3) Windows computer with SMART interactive monitor

These computers have SMART Technologies interactive monitors attached to the base windows computer that allow for on screen annotation with the included pen. These models are being phased out and replaced by the All-in-one computers

 

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4) MAC computer

This is an iMac computer

 

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Mediasite is the lecture capture software that is free and open for instructors to use in their learning environments. The instructions on how to use Mediasite software can be found in the UWL KnowledgeBase here.

A general overview of Mediasite is linked here.

For a link to video tutorials on how to use Mediasite click here.

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Occationally issues arise with video playback in the classrooms. When issues with occur please review the following to help troubleshoot the issue:

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  • Are you streaming the video from a website? If so there may be an issue with video codec with that web browser, you may wish to try another. The classroom computers come installed with 4 different web browsers, Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer and Edge.

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  • Are you playing the video local on the computer? If so the issue may be the application that is trying to run the video. We have a default application that we recommend trying to play videos called VLC media player. This has a wide range of codecs that work for various file types.
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Solstice Pod is a wireless display tool that is used to remotely connect to display units in the rooms. An overview of how to use the device can be reviewed in the PDF link below.

 Solstice_pod.pdf

Video Tutorials

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Classroom wireless microphones

The Revo Labs Mic is the standard microphone used in the classrooms on campus. Otherwise the classrooms may have a hanheld mic or a mic pack that are similar to the ones below.

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For information on the Revo Lab Mics select this link:   Using Revolabs.pdf

 

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iMAC Screen Saver

Occationally when you are in a classroom with a MAC computer it will timeout and go into screen saver mode quicker than desired. The link below will review how to change the screen saver timeout settings.

iMac Screen Saver.pdf

 

Document Camera expanding section

The classrooms may have a Document Cameras at the instructor station to assist in the instruction. You may see one of the following types of document cameras in the classroom.

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HoverCam Ultra 8

This is the default document camera that will be used in the Pararie Springs Science Center.  

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Wolf Vision Visualizer VZ-9

This document camera is one of the typical ones for the classrooms