Smart Classroom Procedures for Faculty

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Please note that TMCC's Professional Development Office offers Smart Classroom training. IT also offers individualized training as needed.

See Also: Smart Classroom Tutorial Videos



System Startup

  • Turn on doc cam. This must be done first every time. The power switch is located on the upper right hand corner.
  • In rooms using a 5000 series digital ELMO: change "input" to "Main"=doc cam, "comp" or "laptop".
  • Turn on audio amplifier (select audio source). This may vary based on your room, so read front panel of audio amplifier to choose correct input.
  • Turn on projector using the remote located on the computer desk (the remote requires line of site to the projector to the black rectangle located by projector lens).
  • Turn on computer: press the power button located on the front of the computer tower.
  • Log into the computer. Use your normal TMCC username and password.

Computers and Laptops

  • In rooms using a 5000 series digital doc cam, change "input" on the doc cam to "comp".
  • Depending on model type, select "RGB", "Computer" or the "Input" button on projector remote to select the computer output to the projector. Make sure to point the remote directly at the projector and push the button slowly in sequence until computer image appears.
  • In rooms equipped for laptop computers, connect the supplied VGA and audio cables to your laptop and change the input to "laptop". It may be necessary to prompt your laptop to show external video (usually a function key located on your laptop).
  • On the audio amplifier, change input to "Comp" or "Laptop" depending on your chosen source.
  • Apple Users: It may be necessary to disable the "Plug and Play" feature in your laptop properties menu to be able to pass video through our projectors.
  • Feel free to copy your files to the local desktop (like PowerPoint presentations); however, understand all data will be erased at shutdown.
  • Play DVDs and audio CDs on the computer (see DVD notes below).

DVDs and CDs

  • In rooms using a 5000 series digital ELMO, change the "input" on the doc cam to "COMP".
  • Select "RGB", "Comp In rooms using a 5000 series digital doc cam computer" or the "Input" button on projector remote to select the computer output to the projector. Push the button slowly and make sure to point the remote at the projector until computer image appears (black rectangle located by lens).
  • Open "PowerDVD" on the computer by going to "Start" then "All Programs". Select "Cyber Link PowerDVD".
  • Insert DVD media into computer CD/DVD tray and close.
  • On the audio amplifier, change input to "Comp" (some amplifiers automatically switch sources).
  • To adjust audio:
    • Use the volume control on the audio amplifier to set desired volume level.
    • If more volume is necessary, verify the following:
      • The volume slider (+/- on the left side of PowerDVD menu) is set to 100%.
      • Verify computer volume is set to 100% (click on the volume icon on the lower right of the Windows task bar. It looks like a small speaker).
      • If watching a YouTube video, it is possible it might be in sound mute mode.
  • Use computer mouse and traditional Windows commands to navigate DVD menu as you would a traditional DVD player.

Document Cameras

  • Change input on the doc cam to "doc cam"
  • In rooms using a 5000 series digital doc cam, select "RGB", "Computer" or the "Input" button on projector remote to select the computer output to the projector. Push the button slowly and make sure to point the remote at the projector until doc cam image appears (black rectangle located by lens).
  • Use the doc cam front panel to adjust zoom in/out and always ensure auto focus is active.
  • The doc cam is used to display any printed material, transparencies and slides, negatives and x-rays or any 3-D object that can fit on the base.
  • The upper lamps are used for displaying text on printed material or 3-D objects, and the lower lamp is for transparencies, slides and x-rays.

VCR

  • Turn on VCR.
  • Insert VHS tape into VCR.
  • Select "Video" or "Input" button on the projector remote to select the "Video 1" output to the projector.
  • On the audio amplifier, change input to "VCR" and use the volume control to set desired volume level.
  • Use VCR transport buttons (Play, Stop, FF, RR) on front of VCR or the remote control (if available) to navigate the VCR tape.
  • Remove your media when done.

Shutting Down and Final Steps

  • Shut down computer (from Start Menu).
  • Turn off doc cam.
  • Turn off audio amplifier.
  • Turn off VCR (if used).
  • Turn off projector. Push the power button on the remote once and confirm power shutoff by pressing the power button a second time. This is the most important step; it extends the life of the projector bulb and reduces power consumption.
  • Verify all smart classroom equipment is turned off.
  • Return remote controls to desk.
  • Lock classroom doors.

Troubleshooting

  • If the projector displays a blue screen or "no input detected": most likely the wrong input has been selected or the unit you want to display is not turned on yet. See notes above to correct issue.
  • If you can hear your program, but do not see it: most likely the wrong input has been selected to the projector. See notes above to correct issue.
  • If you can see your program, but not hear it: most likely the wrong input has been selected on the audio amplifier or the audio amplifier is not on. See notes above to correct issue.
  • If the projector unexpectedly turns off: contact us.
  • If the projector fails to turn on at all: contact us.
  • Both the PowerDVD and computer volume controls must be turned up if you are using the computer audio system. Adjust audio amplifier to desired volume (see notes above).
  • You can use the local hard drive for computer storage; however, all data is erased at system shutdown. Also, you can use your H-drive (located in the start menu under the computer icon) to pre-load files, which makes them available on any academic computer.
  • We suggest that faculty always have a backup teaching strategy in mind in the event of unexpected delays due to technology repairs. Please contact us with any questions, or to report any equipment problems; we will respond immediately.
  • Contact Media Services staff with any questions, or to report any equipment problems. We will respond immediately.

Pixie Controllers

Pixie controllers eliminate most remote controls; however you must still turn on the computer independently from the Pixie.

The Pixie control panel is located either on the wall or on the desktop, and gives you the ability to control all of the Smart Classroom devices in one central location. The computer and presenter still need to be turned on manually as you have done before. Switching from computer to laptop or presenter is still done manually.

Please read the instructions located on the Pixie control panel for operating all of the Smart Classroom devices. Please do not disassemble the table, or attempt to break off the plexiglas plates that cover the computer equipment.

Please note that the doc cam is on all the time. Please do not modify the plate that covers the on/off switch.

Instructions

  1. Turn on by pressing the "ON" button once and wait; upon power up, Pixie will default to the computer.
  2. Select the media equipment that you want to use: Computer, VCR or MP3 (Laptop) in the center of the control panel.
  3. Press the "Blank" button to black out projector image, and tap again to bring the image back.
  4. VCR controls will light up when VCR source is selected, but will dim when not selected.
  5. Volume automatically switches with the selected source.
  6. To turn off all the Smart Room equipment: press the power button again.

Troubleshooting Pixie Controllers

  • You can use the local hard drive for computer storage; however, all data is erased at system shutdown. Also, you can use your H-drive (located in the start menu under the computer icon) to pre-load files, which makes them available on any academic computer.
  • Contact Media Services staff with any questions, or to report any equipment problems. We will respond immediately.
  • We suggest that faculty always have a backup teaching strategy in mind in the event of unexpected delays due to technology repairs. Please contact us with any questions, or to report any equipment problems; we will respond immediately.