Classroom Devices

This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.

Document Camera

The document camera is basically an overhead that uses video.  With a document camera, you can zoom in or out on whatever you’re displaying.  So, if you have a map in your textbook, you can place the book under the document camera, zoom in on the map, and it will be projected as large as the screen is in your room.  It’s a video camera, so anything you can fit beneath it you can project.

The document cameras have auto focus and auto iris features, as well as zoom in and out controls on the camera itself, or on the touch panel. Either controls will work the same, though most find it easier to use the controls on the camera itself. The more you zoom in, the larger the image will be. We recommend that you zoom in as far as the document will allow, and move the paper around as necessary.

Using the Doc Cam: setup and takedown

Below are two short videos that answer one of our most popular questions: How do I open/close the Doc Cam? Note that we have several slightly different models of Doc Cams, but they operate much the same.

Please be careful of your fingers when setting up and taking down the Doc Cam!


DVD / Blu Ray Players

Insert a disc into the DVD player inside the podium. You can control the unit using either the buttons on the touch screen, the controls on the front of the DVD, or the DVD remote. The picture will be displayed on the touch screen in the video window. Use the arrow buttons to navigate the DVD menu.

Many commercial DVD are encoded with region restrictions, meaning a DVD from one country may not play on a player purchased in a different country. Some rooms have multi-region or region free players capable of playing DVD from anywhere, but this function is often unreliable. This is indicated by “Region Free” in front of DVD on each individual classroom’s page available from the menu above. To avoid these possible incompatibilities we recommend you play DVDs from your own Laptop.

Be sure to test your DVDs in the room you will teach in before you need it. Some DVD formats, especially those burned from a PC, may play fine in one unit but not on another. Again, to avoid these possible incompatibilities we recommend you play DVDs from your own Laptop.

Some rooms have Widescreen projectors. If you are in one of these rooms, there will be Projector Aspect buttons on the bottom of the touch panel. Select the aspect that best fits your DVD.

Changing Regions on LG Blu-Ray players

LG Blu-Ray region free

Lecture Capture

Lecture Capture is a digital recording technology that allows the instructor to record the combined audio, video and projected image of a class in a digital format. This video file can then be distributed to students or downloaded for archive. Our Lecture Capture system also allows you to live-stream your presentation online to remote users anywhere in the world.

To see if a classroom is equipped with Lecture Capture, use the Classroom Attributes tab above.

Getting Lecture Capture Authorization

To learn more about Lecture Capture and to receive authorization to use LC, please complete the Lecture Capture online tutorial. Once you’ve completed the tutorial, you may immedietely begin using Lecture Capture.

Before beginning the Lecture Capture tutorial, you MUST have completed the AV System Tutorial and received your AV system passcode!

Start the Lecture Capture Tutorial!


VHS videotapes

VHS players have reached the end of their life-cycle. Many classrooms do not have a VHS player. Existing VHS players will not be replaced when they fail. We recommend that you transfer videotapes to digital video files (MP4s) or DVDs. We strongly advise instructors to convert all VHS tapes used in the classroom.

VHS Video Cassettes

Insert a VHS videotape into the VCR and control it by using either the buttons on the touch screen, the controls on the front of the VCR, or the VCR remote. The VCR image will be displayed on the touch screen in the video window. If the videotape is closed-captioned you can display the closed captioning by touching the Closed-Caption “On” button.

Wireless Microphones

Microphone maintenance

  1. When finished teaching, please plug the microphone back into its USB charging cable—by matching the arrows on the cable and the microphone.

  1. If you are going to use your own headset, please plug it carefully and correctly into the transmitter.

  1. Please leave the sacrificial cable plugged into the transmitter! If there isn’t a sacrificial cable or you believe the unit is damaged, use the classroom podium phone to reach us.

Microphone placement

The placement of the microphone and bodypack is critical for optimal performance. You want the microphone clipped at the center of your chest, about four inches below where your chin touches your chest; the bodypack should be clipped to your waistband or pocket, but not inside where the signal could be restricted. See the photo below, you want the mic to be within the red circle. If you don’t have a lapel just clip it to the fabric of your garment. Be sure the foam part of the microphone isn’t rubbing fabric when you move, it will sound “scratchy”

Microphone Batteries

The power switch is the only switch on the microphone bodypack.  Turn it on and you’re ready to go.  You’ll know that it is on by the battery meter light.

All of our microphones operate on two AA batteries. There will most likely come a time when you will need to replace the batteries.  You will know by the bodypack’s battery meter readout or the touch panel.   Replace the battery if the battery level indicates empty or the touch panel tells you to replace the battery.   After replacing the battery be sure to recycle the dead battery, many rooms have a battery recycling container.  DO NOT put dead batteries on top of, or in, the podium.  Put them in the recycling container, or throw them away promptly. When there are only two spare batteries left, please let us know so we can replenish the supply.

There is a battery request button at the bottom the touch panel, next to the microphone battery level indicators. Touch the button once and the request will be sent to us. We will bring more batteries the next time the room is unoccupied. If there are no fresh batteries left and you need to use the microphone, pick up the help phone and ask us to bring some down right away.

Changing Microphone Batteries