Classroom Control Software
Net Support School (NSS) offers the ability to lock out student computers. This feature blanks the student's screen and locks their keyboard and mouse. It also provides the ability to broadcast what is on the podium's computer monitor to the monitors of the students and to view what is on a student's machine (in a non-broadcast mode) from the podium's computer.
Displayed information is limited to what can be currently displayed on the podium's monitor. This means that you CAN NOT display what is on the whiteboards, presenter or DVD/VCR using NSS. Also, NSS does not recommend broadcasting streaming video to each computer because of bandwidth limitations.
DVD Player Operation
The DVD/CD player is located on the right side of the podium. A DVD/VCR Combination Player in the rear cabinet can also play DVD media. Playing DVD media in the Combination Player may be slightly more efficient since it is playing directly from the player.
Insert the DVD with the label facing up. Choose the Screen 1 or 2 - VCR/DVD on the Touchscreen Control Panel . Control the volume by pressing VCR/DVD - Audio Controls. The VCR/DVD Playback Controls are located near the bottom of the control panel. You can also execute the playback controls via the combination player.
It is highly recommended that you attend one or more of the equipment tutorials held at the beginning of each term. The use of the electronic whiteboard requires some practice.
The CPH Multimedia Classroom has two electronic whiteboards installed at the front of the room. The two screens above the whiteboards are able to display what is written on the whiteboards.
The basic instructions on how to write and draw on the electronic whiteboard is found in this section of the instructions manual. If you do not have a viewer, please download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the instructions.
There are several different ways of configuring the whiteboards for use, depending on the number of inputs you wish to display on to the screens.
Dual Whiteboard - Dual Screen Mode
Whiteboard 1 on Screen 1 and Whiteboard 2 on Screen 2
Action: Whiteboard - Screen 1 and Whiteboard - Screen 2 chosen on the Touch screen Control Panel
Single Whiteboard - Dual Screen Mode
Whiteboard 1 on Screen 1, bring first page to Screen 2 and continue writing second page on Whiteboard 1
Action : Whiteboard - Screen 1 chosen on the Touch-Screen Control Panel and hit the red switch to move the first page of writing that was originally on Screen 1 to Screen 2, erase contents (the erase button must be pressed and the board must also be manually erased) on Whiteboard 1 and then start writing contents for second page
Dual Whiteboard - Single Screen Mode
Whiteboards 1 and 2 for Screen 1 and other input for Screen 2
Action : Whiteboard - Screen 1 chosen on the Touch-screen Control Panel, other input chosen for Screen 2, hit the red switch to toggle between displaying Whiteboard 1 or Whiteboard 2 on to Screen 1
Podium Height Control
This podium height control is located near the center of the podium's front surface.
Pressing the switch to the RIGHT raises the work area.
Pressing the switch to the LEFT lowers the work area.
The podium microphones are installed on both the main instructor podium and the visual presenter podium. Unless otherwise informed by technical staff, the podium microphones are always "live". When a wireless microphone is in use, the podium microphones will be temporarily disabled. Hence, the wireless microphone overrides the stationary podium microphones.
After gaining access to the classroom, use the same key to unlock the main podium drawer and pull out the keyboard and mouse. This drawer also contains spare markers for the whiteboard. Unlocking the drawers in the smaller podium will give you access to the wireless mic, notebook video and network cable.
Log into the touch screen panel using the numbered password and turn the system ON. Audio control is available without turning the system on but the system must be turned ON to be turned OFF. The projectors take a few minutes to come up to speed so this step should be done soon upon entering the room.
If you are going to use the computer on the podium you should log onto this next. You must have a valid NEXUS account to successfully log onto the computer.
If you are using a notebook set this up as if you were using the podium computer. If you require network access - use the ethernet connection provided on the podium and treat your computer as if it were using the wireless system. Open up a web browser and go to http://www.laptop.uwaterloo.ca. You will require a valid UW UserId to Authenticate into this system. NOTE: Your computers' network card should be set up as to Enable DNS and Obtain an IP address automatically. Detailed instructions on Wireless Network can be found on the Engineering Computing website.
Touchscreen Control Panel
The Touchscreen Control Panel was designed to be the one-stop for all the equipment controls. The panel controls the media that is displayed on the screens as well as the audio/volume controls.
Media displayed on the screen:
- material written or drawn on the whiteboards
- the instructor's computer screen
- a connected notebook computer screen
- material placed on the Visual Presenter
- VHS/DVD media
Audio controls available:
- the instructor's computer (including CD media)
- a connected notebook
- VHS/DVD media
In general any audio input (computer, presenter, DVD/VCR, laptop microphone) can be turned on individually and are independent of their video counterpart. Any, all, or none of the audio may be on at any time.
Using the Whiteboards
Select Whiteboard1 or Whiteboard2 on the touch panel to project whatever is written on them to the projectors. The big RED button located between the two boards allows the instructor to, using only projector 1 (screen 1), swap the images between whiteboard1 and whiteboard2, simultaneously displaying something else on the second projector (screen 2).
Using the Presenter
Turn the presenter on. The LCD monitor beside the presenter shows whatever is placed on the presenter. The big RED button at the side of the presenter allows two modes of operation.
1. Only one output selected. ie. Projector 1 (screen 1) displaying presenter, Projector 2 (screen 2) disabled (unselected). Pressing this button will freeze the image and move it over to projector 2, freeing up projector 1 again for continued use. This is useful for allowing students to catch up with the previous screen.
2. Two outputs are selected. Projector 1 (screen 1) displaying projector, Projector 2 (screen 2) displaying another output. Pressing the RED button will freeze the image on the projector allowing the instructor to change or manipulate whatever is on presenter without the students noticing being subjected to the jogging of the image.
It is highly recommended that you go through a tutorial prior to teaching in the lab.
The VCR/DVD Combination Player is located in the rear cabinet.
Insert the video tape into the proper slot on the player. Choose the Screen 1 or 2 - VCR/DVD on the Touchscreen Control Panel . Control the volume by pressing VCR/DVD - Audio Controls. The VCR/DVD Playback Controls are located near the bottom of the control panel. You can also execute the playback controls via the combination player.
Visual Presenter (Elmo)
On the front of the Elmo document cameras, you will find a control panel. Each button of the control panel is explained below.
Press "Upper" to turn on the two upper fluorescent lights. Best used for opaque or regular sheets of paper, or other objects.
Press "Base" to illuminate the glass panel. Use this for transparencies or slides.
THIS SELECTION MUST ALWAYS BE ON "INTERNAL" FOR THE DOCUMENT CAMERA TO WORK PROPERLY.
Press "Negative" to invert the colors of the image (Black becomes white, white becomes black, etc.).
Press "Positive" to return the image to normal. "Positive" is the default setting.
COLOR/ B/W :
Press "B/W" to turn the image to black and white.
Press "Color" to turn the image back to color.Some Document Cameras will not work in "B/W" mode. "Color" is the default setting.
Press "Wide" to zoom out, or make the image smaller.
Press "Tele" (short for Telephoto) to zoom in, or make the image bigger.
Please do not press the button in the middle.
Press "Near" to focus on objects near.
Press "Far" to focus on objects farther.
Press "Auto" to briefly focus on whatever object is directly beneath the camera. The "Auto" light will flash while it is focusing.
To obtain the best possible focus: Zoom in as far as possible on the object (paper, textbook, etc), focus as best as possible, then zoom out to the desired distance.
There are two display modes for the Visual Presenter, depending on the number of screens you wish to use and the number of other inputs displayed at one time.
Presenter Exclusive Mode Presenter media displayed on Screen 1, image moved to Screen 2 and new media on Screen 1
Action : Presenter - Screen 1 chosen on the Touch-Screen Control Panel, hit the red switch to move the image that was originally on Screen 1 to Screen 2, display new media on Presenter (on Screen 1)
Presenter Mode Presenter media and other input displayed at the same time, freeze screen when media is replaced on the presenter (ie. while an overhead is replaced)
Action : Presenter - Screen 1 or 2 and other input - Screen 1 or 2 chosen on the Touch-screen Control Panel, hit the red switch to freeze previous media on presenter.
The wireless microphone is kept in the rear cabinet.
Instructions on how to use the wireless microphone:
- Microphone is placed in center of chest, about 6" from mouth
- Top of microphone is pointed towards mouth
- Body pack is hooked on outside of clothing
- Body pack antenna is hanging straight down
- Check battery level on body pack
- Turn microphone off after use