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Electronic Classroom Updates

With nearly 100% of classrooms now equipped with standard electronic presentation equipment, Instructional Technology/Media Services has embarked upon an aggressive program to refresh and upgrade existing equipment.

The heart of the presentation systems in all classrooms is the Extron System7 controller. This push button device is straightforward and simple to use. In the Spring we identified a number of these devices that, due to condition or age, were in need of replacement.

Ceiling mounted projectors see a lot of use during the school year. At any given time you may see PowerPoint presentations, web based resources, and videos displayed on the screen in classrooms all across campus. We identified projectors that were in need of replacement and installed newer brighter models.

In addition to replacing these components, we also worked with an outside audio visual contractor to completely refurbish the teaching stations/equipment racks in approximately 20 electronic classrooms. This process included checking lamp hours and filters on all projectors, improving cable management, simplifying audio amplification schemes, cleaning System7 controllers inside and out, and vacuuming teaching stations and equipment rack interiors. After this maintenance is completed, the entire system is then tested to assure proper function.

We hope that this scheme results in our classrooms continuing to be reliable places for presenting teaching materials. If you have any questions about this, or electronic classrooms in general please contact Media Services at x2112.

New classroom equipment to be deployed

Boxes of new classroom equipment

Steve Amann fixing a classroom projector

Steve Amann fixing a projector

New Classrooms

With the opening of the new North and South Academic buildings, you will find familiar classroom presentation technology and some areas with a new twist. A number of new classrooms are available including a dual projection classroom. Where there is a projector on the ceiling, the new classrooms are usually equipped with the familiar standard control devices (Extron System7 SC) that are found in all other classrooms across campus. In most of these rooms you will find an Apple and a Dell computer, combination DVD/VHS deck and inputs to allow connection of portable audio and video devices such as iPods, digital cameras and palm pilots. In some cases adapters for your particular device may be necessary so be sure to check with Media Services at x2112 if you have questions about connecting your particular device to the system.

In addition, in select public spaces, flat screen LCD screens are available for sharing information from laptops. These systems will be operated from a small panel (Extron MLC 104) on the wall adjacent to the screen. If you are interested in finding out more about the new classrooms in the North and South academic buildings or about any other presentation technology on campus contact Media Services at x2112 or drop by our office in Jesup room 317.

South Academic Building 241 Panorama