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Operating Touch Panel Controlled Classrooms

Many of the classrooms on campus have audio and video equipment that can be controlled from a simple touch panel on top of the podiums. When you first enter the room, the touch panel may be completely black, like this:

Black Touchpanel

Simply touch anywhere on the screen and it will immediately wake up for you to use. The panels will look very similar to this:

Main Touch Panel Screen

Starting

You will want to begin by pressing the "ON" button under the "Projector" column. This turns on the projector for use.

Sharing a Device with the Class

After the projector has completely turned on, choose the device you would like to share with the class, by pressing the appropriate button on the screen. If you would like to share what you have on the computer screen, choose "PC". This will display the computer screen you see on the projector as well as play any audio you bring up on the computer over the classroom speakers. The volume can be adjusted on any device, at anytime, by pressing the up and down buttons on the right side of the screen under the "Volume" column.

If you have connected a laptop, to the cables at the top of the podium, you can press the "Laptop" button on the panel to share your screen and audio from your laptop.

Controlling Other Devices

These classrooms also have other devices you can control right from the touch panel, by pressing the appropriately labeled button.

DVD

To play a DVD, simply insert the DVD into the DVD/VCR player that is located in the bottom of the lectern and press the DVD button on the touch panel. All of the controls for the DVD player will pop up on the touch panel, so there is no need for a remote control. The screen will look like this:

DVD Screen

At any time you wish to return to the home screen, just touch "Return."

VCR

To play a Video Tape, insert your tape into the VCR/DVD player that is located in the bottom of the lectern and press the VCR button on the touch panel. All of the controls for the VCR will pop up on the touch panel. The screen will look like this:

VCR Screen

At any time you wish to return to the home screen, just touch "Return."

DOC CAM

Some, but not all, of the rooms are equipped with a document camera on the side of the lectern. To use these, place whatever it is your would like to share with the students, beneath the lens of the document camera and press the "DOC CAM" button on the touch panel. All of the controls for the document camera will pop up on the screen. The screen will look like this:

Document Camera Screen

At any time you wish to return to the home screen, just touch "Return."

A/V Device

Some of the rooms will have an A/V device button on the screen. These rooms have audio and video cables you can hook up to a video camera or other device to share with the class. Volume is the only thing that can be controlled from the touch panel in this case. The screen will look like this:

A/V Device Screen

At any time you wish to return to the home screen, just touch "Return."

Computers with 2 Monitors

Some computers will have two monitors and two projectors setup in the classroom. The main screen on the touch panel will look similar to the following:

Main screen 2 projectors

You can choose to share any device with the class, on either screen, by choosing the "Screen Selection" option.

Simply press the source that you would like to share with the class under the appropriate screen selection box. When you have picked out what you would like on the screens, press the return button to select the audio source and the control options.

Help!

At anytime you need help with the equipment in a classroom, just call ITS at 650-5500 or x5500.

FAQs

Q: When I start a slide show from Power Point, how can I get it to display on the secondary monitor?

A: Under the slide show menu there is an option to choose which monitor to show your presentation on named "Show Presentation On."

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