Classroom A/V Technologies

Features

The Office of Technology provides support for Classroom A/V technology. Classroom hardware includes a desktop computer, LCD monitor, Interactive Flat Panel Display, Flat Panel Display, Media Projector, Projector Screen, Speakers, Microphone, DVD Player, Document Camera, Apple TV, Solstice Pod, and Inputs for External Devices. The Classroom Technology team installs, supports, and offers training for the  audio and visual (A/V) hardware in classrooms.

Integrated Control Panel

TWU classrooms have a centralized control panel that is located near the presenter podium. The touch screen or push button devices serve as a single location for turning audio visual equipment on and off, selecting sources for display, adjusting the audio levels, and contacting the Service Desk (where available).

Computer

TWU classrooms have a desktop PC or Apple computer. The computer can be accessed using your TWU login and password. The computers have internet access, Office and additional programs requested by users.

DVD Player

DVD players are built into the classroom computer. After logging into the computer, insert the DVD into the DVD drive on the computer. Select Windows Media player or VLC player and play the DVD.

Doc Camera

A document camera is installed in most TWU classrooms. A majority of the classrooms feature a ceiling mounted document camera that can be controlled through the Integrated Control Panel. Other rooms have a desktop document camera that can be controlled at the device.

Microphones

A microphone is available in most classrooms. Podium microphones, wireless handheld, and wireless lapel microphones are located at the instructor podium and adjusted through the control panel.

Inputs for External Devices

External Devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) that are brought to the classroom can be connected to the integrated technology. Use either a VGA cable and audio cable (3.5mm) or HDMI cable (where available). Connect the preferred cable to the input port located near the presenter podium and select the cable input on the touch panel or button pad. Cables are provided in the podium. *Note some devices require adapters that are not provided.

Wireless Device Connectivity

Users have the option to connect their device wirelessly to the classroom technology (in rooms where available). Classrooms use 2 types of devices for connectivity; Apple TV and Solstice.

Apple TV allows instructors and students to connect a single Apple device (Apple Laptop, tablet or mobile phone) wirelessly and use the technology in the room (HDTV or projector) to view photos, play music, watch videos, or full mirror the device. As classrooms have been upgraded in recent years, Apple TV has been added. Not all classrooms have Apple TV

Solstice allows instructors and students to connect up to 8 devices simultaneously. A range of laptops, tablets or mobile phones are supported. Devices not supported by Solstice are Google Chromebooks and Windows smartphones. The device being used to connect to Solstice will require an app that is available.

Response Clickers

Clickers, or classroom response systems, are used to enhance student engagement in classroom teaching and learning activities. Using clickers in class promotes communication between students and instructor. Response Clicker technology allows an instructor to question students regarding the course lecture in a variety of ways. Students can respond to instructor led polls. Instructors can use clickers for quizzing and testing in class or encourage students to discuss issues and course content. The student’s response is anonymous to their classmates, thus, one of the benefits of the response clickers is an increased participation from students. The popularity of clickers has led many to consider online polling solutions for distance education students. These online polling solutions provide instructor and student a similar connection to assess content and comprehension of content.

TWU Technology prefers working with Turning Technologies response clickers which are available through the TWU bookstore. The Turning Point Mobile app is available for smartphones and tablets from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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Support

Contact the Technology Service Desk 940-898-3971servicedesk@twu.edu, or submit a request by clicking Request Service on this page.

Who can use it

  • Faculty
  • Staff

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