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Classroom Technology Guides

Technology Enhanced Classroom

Technology enhanced classrooms are equipped with the latest technology and are designed to enhance the integration of technology into the curriculum. Teaching with technology can engage students at all levels and enhance their learning experience in and out of the classroom. The following resources contain helpful guides on how to effectively use the technology integrated into these classrooms.

In-Person Workshops

Below are the dates and times for upcoming in-person training on how to use the technology equipped in each classroom.

Classroom Technology Overview

This workshop will cover using the instructor’s station and multimedia control panel. It will also include an overview of how to capture lectures with Panopto in Canvas, including a brief introduction to the document camera.

  • Friday, February 10th in MUS 110: one-hour session at 9:00 am, 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, February 14th in MUS 217: one-hour session at 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 23rd in MUS 217: one-hour session at 9:30 am

Document Camera (Elmo) Training

This workshop will cover how to use the document camera (Elmo) in details.

  • Friday, February 10th in MUS 110: one-hour session at 12:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 14th in MUS 217: one-hour session at 9:00 am
  • Thursday, February 23rd in MUS 217: one-hour session at 3:00 pm

Sign Up for In-Person Workshops

Video Tutorials

These videos provide an overview of the technology enhanced classrooms and demonstrate how to do presentations and lecture captures.

Introduction to technology enhanced classrooms

How to use classroom technology for presentations

How to use classroom technology for lecture captures

How to enable Panopto in Canvas

How-to Guides

These guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to use classroom technology for presentations, lecture captures, and more.

Classroom equipment overview

Every technology enhanced classroom has the same equipment available: lectern, touch panel, document camera, USB connectors, display screens, and speakers. The difference between presentation classrooms and lecture capture classrooms is that lecture capture classrooms include cameras and microphones.

Technology classroom showing the locations of the displays, cameras, speakers, and lectern

Displays

Two content displays are mounted on opposite sides of the room and mirror the same content shown by the projector (see A in the image above). One of the content displays has a presenter camera mounted above it.

Cameras

There are two cameras in the room, one for the presenter and one for the audience. The presenter camera location varies by room and the camera can be controlled from the touch panel at the lectern. The audience camera is mounted behind the lectern to provide a video feed of in-room participants (see B in the image above).

Note: Cameras are only available in lecture capture classrooms.

Speakers

The speakers are mounted in ceiling tiles throughout the room to distribute presentation audio to all in-room participants (see C in the image above).

Lectern

The lectern is located at the front of the room and houses the touch panel, room PC, monitors, document camera, USB port, and input adapters.

  • Touch panel: The touch panel serves as the system control for the equipment in the room (see E in the image below).
  • Room PC: The room PC can be used as a source for presentations and lecture captures (see G in the image below).
  • Monitors: The primary monitor is on the left-hand side and the secondary monitor is on the right-hand side.
  • Document camera: The document camera can be used to project images of documents and objects onto the room displays (see H in the image below).
  • USB port: The USB port can be used to connect a USB drive to the room PC.
  • Input adapters: The input adapters can be used to connect a laptop or tablet to the room system (see F in the image below). Below is a list of available adapters:
    • HDMI adapter
    • Mini HDMI adapter
    • Micro HDMI adapter
    • Type C
    • Display Port
    • Mini Display Port

Lectern showing the locations of the touch panel, input adapters, room PC, document camera, and primary and secondary monitors

Microphones

The beamforming microphones are mounted in the ceiling tiles to capture audio for recordings and far-end participants.

Note: Microphones are only available in lecture capture classrooms.

Beamforming microphone

Whiteboard and Projector

The whiteboard and projector are located at the front of the room. The whiteboard can be used to display content from the projector and can also be used as a regular, writable whiteboard.

Whiteboard and projector

 

Touch panel overview

The touch panel provides a user-friendly interface to control the technology in a classroom. When the system is idle, the touch panel screen is black. To start up the system, tap anywhere on the screen. After a short warm-up period, the home screen will display.

Touch panel home screen

Power Button

The Power button is in the upper-right corner of the home screen (see A in the image above) and is used to power down the entire system (displays, projector, and cameras).

Video Mute Button

The Video Mute button is in the upper-right corner of the home screen (see B in the image above). Tapping the Video Mute button will stop displaying the video content; tapping the button again will resume the display of the video content.

Volume

The volume control is in the lower-right corner of the home screen and is used to adjust the volume level (see F in the image above).

  • Tapping Volume Down (-) decreases the volume.
  • Tapping Volume Up (+) increases the volume.
  • Tapping Volume Mute (x) mutes the audio.

Modes

The Modes section is on the left side of the home screen and includes two options (see C in the image above).

  • Presentation: This mode is used for non-recorded in-room presentations. When this mode is selected, you can choose one of three sources to present from: Room PC, Wireless, or Lectern HDMI (laptop or tablet).
  • Lecture Capture: This mode allows you to record your lecture and presentation for later distribution through the Panopto video platform. When this mode is selected, you can only choose Room PC as the source.

Sources

The Sources section is on the left side of the home screen and includes three options (see D in the image above).

  • Room PC: This source allows you to present content from the room PC at the lectern. This source can be used in both Presentation mode and Lecture Capture mode.
  • Wireless: This source allows you to share content to the room displays wirelessly. This source can only be used in Presentation mode.
  • Lectern HDMI: This source allows you to present content from your personal device (laptop or tablet) by connecting it to the HDMI cable on the lectern. This source can only be used in Presentation mode.

Settings

The Settings section is on the left side of the home screen and includes two options (see E in the image above).

  • Camera: Tapping Camera under Settings displays the Camera Control screen on the touch panel. These settings can be used to adjust the presenter camera before starting a new recording. The camera can be adjusted by using the manual controls (Pan/Tilt and Zoom) or by selecting one of the Presets (Wide Shot, Lectern, Whiteboard, or Tracking On).
    • Pan/Tilt: These controls are used to adjust your camera angle up (^), down (v), left (<), or right (>).
    • Zoom: These controls are used to zoom in (+) or out (-).
    • Wide Shot: This option provides a wide-angle view of the front of the lecture hall and the presenter. This is the default view.
    • Lectern: This option provides a view of the lectern and the presenter.
    • Whiteboard: This option shows a view of the whiteboard.
    • Tracking On: This option turns on tracking which allows the camera to follow the presenter. This is not recommended if there is more than one presenter in the camera view.
    • Exit: Tapping this button exits the Camera Control screen.
  • Audio: Tapping Audio under Settings displays the Audio Settings screen on the touch panel. These settings can be used to adjust the volume of the wireless microphones in the room. The Audio option only applies to lecture halls, not standard classrooms.

Touch panel Camera Control screen

 

How to log in to the room PC

The lectern includes a room PC that can be used for presentations and lecture captures.

To log in to the room PC:

  1. Locate the keyboard on the lectern and press ALT + P to wake up the room PC.

Keyboard with a label that reads Turn On Computer: ALT + P

  1. Once the disclosure screen appears, click the OK button to accept the terms.

Disclosure screen

  1. On the login screen, log in with your MyCalStateLA ID username and password.

Windows 10 login screen

 

How to present content from the room PC

Presentations can be made using the room PC at the lectern.

To present content from the room PC:

  1. Locate the touch panel on the lectern and tap anywhere on the screen to start up the system.

  2. On the home screen of the touch panel, select Presentation under Modes, and then select Room PC under Sources.

Touch panel home screen with Presentation mode and Room PC source selected

  1. Wake up the room PC by pressing ALT + P on the keyboard, click the OK button on the disclosure screen, and then log in with your MyCalStateLA ID username and password. Once logged in, the secondary (right) monitor will be mirrored across all the room displays.

  2. Open your presentation file. If the file is stored on a USB drive, connect the drive to the room PC using the USB port on the lectern.

  3. Move your presentation materials to the secondary monitor to broadcast the content to all the room displays.

Primary (left) and secondary (right) monitors

 

How to present content from your laptop or tablet

You can connect your own device, such as a laptop or tablet, to the room displays and use it for presentations.

Note: Lecture capture using Panopto and the in-room cameras will not work using your own device. Use the room PC for any lecture captures.

To present content from your laptop or tablet:

  1. Locate the touch panel on the lectern and tap anywhere on the screen to start up the system.

  2. On the home screen of the touch panel, select Presentation under Modes.

  3. Connect your device to the HDMI cable on the lectern.

  4. On the home screen of the touch panel, select Lectern HDMI under Sources.

Touch panel home screen with Presentation mode and Lectern HDMI source selected

  1. Once your device’s display screen is showing on the room displays, use the device as normal to broadcast content.

 

How to present content using a wireless connection

You can use a wireless connection to share content from your own device to the room displays.

Note: When connecting to the projector wirelessly, your device will lose connection to the campus Wi-Fi network.

To present content using a wireless connection:

  1. Locate the touch panel on the lectern and tap anywhere on the screen to start up the system.

  2. On the home screen of the touch panel, select Presentation under Modes, and then select Wireless under Sources.

Touch panel home screen with Presentation mode and Wireless source selected

  1. Once the Solstice screen with connection instructions appears on the room displays, do the following:
    1. Connect your device to the wireless network listed as CSU ROOM# Pod.
    2. Open a web browser on your device and go to the IP address listed next to CSU ROOM# Pod.

Solstice screen with connection instructions

  1. If a Your connection is not private message appears, verify that the IP address in the message matches the one listed on the room displays, click the Advanced button to view more options, and then click Proceed to [IP address] (unsafe).

Web browser message stating that your connection is not private

  1. On the Solstice connection page, click the Click here to share your screen using your web browser.

Solstice connection page

  1. Enter the 4-digit key shown on the room displays, enter your name, and then click the Launch button.

Solstice key and name page

  1. Once your device is successfully connected, your device screen will immediately start sharing across the room displays. To stop sharing, close the browser tab or click the Stop sharing button at the bottom of your screen.

Solstice page indicating that you are now sharing

 

How to record a lecture using Panopto

Lecture capture classrooms enable faculty to record classroom lectures as videos and post them online, allowing students to view them on-demand, outside of class time. Recordings are made using Panopto, a video platform that can be used to record, host, and share videos. Panopto works best in conjunction with Canvas so you can easily add recordings to your Canvas courses.

It is highly recommended that you connect Panopto to Canvas before your first lecture capture in a classroom. This is done within Canvas and step-by-step instructions can be found on the How to Access Panopto in a Canvas Course page.

Learn more about Panopto

To record a lecture using Panopto:

  1. Locate the touch panel on the lectern and tap anywhere on the screen to start up the system.

  2. On the home screen of the touch panel, select Lecture Capture under Modes. Under Sources, Room PC is automatically selected.

Touch panel home screen with Lecture Capture mode and Room PC source selected

  1. Wake up the room PC by pressing ALT + P on the keyboard, click the OK button on the disclosure screen, and then log in with your MyCalStateLA ID username and password.

  2. Launch the Panopto application by double-clicking the Panopto icon on the desktop.

Panopto desktop icon

  1. The Panopto Sign in window opens. Click the Sign in button.

Panopto Sign in window

  1. The Cal State LA Sign in to Panopto page opens in the default web browser. Ensure that Cal State LA SSO is selected from the drop-down menu, and then click the Sign in button.

Cal State LA Sign in to Panopto page

  1. You are redirected to the Cal State LA login page. Log in with your Cal State LA email address and password.

  2. The web browser displays a prompt stating that the site wants to open Panopto Recorder. Select the Always allow checkbox, and then click the Open button.

Web browser prompt for opening Panopto Recorder

  1. The Panopto application window opens. Click Create New Recording in the upper-left corner of the window.

Panopto application window

  1. Under Session Settings, specify a storage location and a name for the recording.
    • From the Folder drop-down menu, select one of the following options:
      • To save the recording to a specific Canvas course, select the desired Canvas course folder. For the Canvas course folder to appear on the Folder drop-down menu, Panopto must be enabled in your Canvas course. For instructions, see How to Access Panopto in a Canvas Course.
      • If you have not enabled Panopto in your Canvas course, select My Folder to save the recording in your Panopto folder. Once in this folder, the recording can be embedded in your Canvas course. For instructions, see How to Embed Panopto Videos in a Canvas Course.
    • In the Name field, enter your preferred name for the recording session. The default name is the date and time the video is recorded.

  2. Under Primary Sources, select the main video and audio sources you want to capture.
    • From the Video drop-down menu, select Presenter Camera. You can adjust the presenter camera from the touch panel by tapping Camera under Settings.
    • From the Audio drop-down menu, select Mic and Speaker.
    • From the Quality drop-down menu, select Standard. This setting controls the capture quality of the primary sources.
    • To capture audio from the PC applications, select the Capture Computer Audio checkbox.

  3. Under Secondary Sources, select any additional sources you want to capture
    • To capture a PowerPoint presentation, select the Capture PowerPoint checkbox.
    • To capture the content on the primary monitor, select the Capture Main Screen checkbox.
    • To capture additional sources, select Audience Camera or Document Camera from the drop-down menu.

  4. When you are ready to start recording, click the Record button in the upper-left corner of the window. Once your recording has started, the Record button will change into Stop and Pause.

  5. When you are done recording, click the Stop button.

  6. The Recording Complete dialog box opens. It includes the session name, the location of the recording, and a note stating that the session will automatically upload after 1 minute of inactivity. Click the Done button.

Panopto Recording Complete dialog box

 

How to use the document camera

The document camera can be used with the room PC to project images of documents and objects onto the room displays.

To use the document camera:

  1. Locate the touch panel on the lectern and tap anywhere on the screen to start up the system.

  2. On the home screen of the touch panel, select Presentation under Modes, and then select Room PC under Sources.

Touch panel home screen with Presentation mode and Room PC source selected

  1. Wake up the room PC by pressing ALT + P on the keyboard, click the OK button on the disclosure screen, and then log in with your MyCalStateLA ID username and password.

  2. Double-click the Elmo Interactive icon on the desktop.

Elmo Interactive desktop icon

  1. Once the Elmo Interactive application opens on the room PC, place the document or object you want to share under the document camera lens and the image will show on the room displays.

Document camera

 

Technical Support

Need help with classroom technology? Contact your college ITC or email Classroom Support.

When contacting support, please be ready to provide the following information: your name and employee number, department, the classroom building and room number, a detailed description of the issue, and urgency.