Getting Started: Classroom Technology Installations to Support Hybrid Instruction

This article provides a brief introduction to the technology in newly equipped classrooms, and how to use it. It also shows some basic instruction on how to use it and settings to check for AV settings in the software you are using in the classroom.

Audience

This article is intended for faculty, staff, students, and visitors that may be using the technology in the classrooms.

Platform

Windows OS; MacOS; Crestron controls (AV Console); PixiePro controls (AV Console)

Basic Equipment Overview

Upgraded classrooms are equipped with three main categories of technology: standard A/V installation with faculty audio, or faculty and student audio; advanced A/V installation, which is custom based on the room; and mobile technology installation, which may be an iPad on a tripod, or a remote control camera on a tripod in the back of the room, with a USB microphone plugged into the main desktop (at the front of the room).

 

Faculty Audio Classroom

  • Ceiling mounted microphone, only above the lectern
  • Pan-tilt-zoom camera
  • Integrated room audio for speakers

 

Faculty and Student Audio Classroom

  • Ceiling mounted microphones evenly across the room
  • Pan-tilt-zoom camera
  • Integrated room audio for speakers

 

Camera on Tripod Classroom

  • Pan-tilt-zoom camera on tripod
  • USB microphone connected directly to Desktop computer (circumvents AV cabinet)
  • Integrated room audio for speakers

 

iPad Classroom

  • iPad, standard configuration, Current generation or equivalent
  • Mobile tripod on wheels
  • Power cable

 

Advanced AV Installations include rooms that may have multiple cameras or other specially installed equipment; these are generally rooms that had pre-existing technology in them.

 

Using the technology

With the exception of the mobile technology equipped classrooms, all AV equipment is routed through the AV cabinet and works with the desktop only. When you turn on the AV Audio system, desktop, and any programs that utilize microphone or camera, those devices will wake automatically. Similarly, they will turn off when the programs and audio systems are closed or shut down.

 

Pan-tilt-zoom Cameras

All rooms that have mounted cameras or the upscale cameras on tripods will have a manual remote that is not connected through the main audio cabinet. For best results, point the camera remote directly at the camera during operation.

The remote has arrow keys for panning and tilting, zoom in / out buttons for zoom, and focus buttons to provide clear picture quality after changing the zoom level.

 

Tripod Camera mounted rooms

We advise against moving the tripod cameras too much, as they are tethered with their cable connections that are run along the wall, to prevent tripping hazards. Some rooms are exceptions.

 

iPad on Tripod

iPads on tripods are standard iPads of the current generation, or equivalent; and have a button to Sign Out after your class is complete, to remove any personal data or any signed in accounts with one action. They will have a charge cable that can be unplugged to move the iPad around the room.

 

Some Items to Check

If you are having trouble connecting audio or video in the rooms, make sure that TesiraFORTE is listed as your microphone; CV610-UB USB2.0 Camera as the webcam; and CRESTRON or HDMI listed as the output speakers. These apply to the pan-tilt-zoom cameras and the ceiling installed microphones; they may appear slightly different depending on the installed technology.

 

More Information

For more information on the technology in the room, please visit our Classroom Technology knowledge base section in the TeamDynamix IT Service Portal. If you have more questions or need assistance, please call the Service desk at (607) 274-1000, email at servicedesk@ithaca.edu , or contact the AV Services department at (607) 274-1443 if you need troubleshooting support.

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Article ID: 994
Created
Wed 9/9/20 12:16 AM
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Wed 9/9/20 12:28 AM