Classroom Technology FAQ - Fall 2020

Standard Classroom Mobile Configuration

  1. Do I need to bring a computer to use the equipment in the room?
  2. Will the USB-C dock charge laptops?
  3. Can other devices (i.e. iOS, non-laptop devices) still be projected wirelessly via Solstice? 
  4. Will presenters still be able to use Solstice to wirelessly present?
  5. How large is the Huddlecam?
  6. Is each faculty member getting a Huddlecam, or will they be available in the classroom?
  7. Will a USB pen tablet be available to use in conjunction with the Virtual Whiteboard in Zoom? Will the virtual whiteboard be visible to both the remote and in-room audience?
  8. Will all spaces have the extra (large) monitor? 
  9. Will lecterns or laptop stands be available? 
  10. Will there be additional power sources (power strips) available in the classrooms?
  11. Do faculty need to have their own cables to connect to the system? 
  12. Will both Mac and PC systems be compatible?
  13. Is the large monitor screen for the faculty or for the students in the classroom?
  14. What if my computer doesn't have a USB-C connection?
  15. Will adapters be available in the rooms or will the adapters be provided?
  16. Will the existing classroom computer/hardware still be available to use?

Audio

  1. Will the students that are present in the room and remote be able to hear each other? 
  2. Do you have to use a microphone with the Huddlecam? 
  3. Are mics available for in-room audio reinforcement? 
  4. How does the Huddlecam mic perform when a faculty member is writing on the board? Do they need to be directly facing the camera?
  5. Does wearing a mask affect the audio quality? 

Video

  1. Can you move the Huddlecam?
  2. Can remote students see both the faculty and the other students in the room?
  3. Can remote students view what may be written on the chalkboard/whiteboard?
  4. Can the document camera be adjusted to provide a view of the whiteboard/chalkboard? 

Zoom

  1. What adjustments can remote users make within their Zoom session settings in order to view the faculty member prominently?
  2. If the session is being recorded, will it also record what is being displayed on the projector or through the document camera? 
  3. Will remote participants be able to see what is being projected and also see what may be written on the board?
  4. For remote participants, will they be able to split the screen to see what is being shared (powerpoint) vs the view of the faculty/chalkboard from the camera?
  5. Is it possible to show film clips or music files and also share those that are participating remotely?

Do I need to bring a computer to use the equipment in the room?

We recommend that faculty members bring their University-provided laptop, in order to connect to the mobile equipment.

Will the USB-C dock charge laptops?

For laptops equipped with a USB-C port, all connections (including DC power for charging) are delivered via a single USB-C cable; laptops not equipped with USB-C will require a separate power source.

Can other devices (i.e. iOS, non-laptop devices) still be projected wirelessly via Solstice? 

Yes; presenters may continue to use the Solstice pod to project any Solstice-capable device, as before.

Will presenters still be able to use Solstice to wirelessly present?

Yes--in fact, the Solstice wireless pods are an integral part of the standard classroom mobile solution, serving as the video link between the faculty laptop and in-room projection system.

How large is the Huddlecam?

The Huddlecam is about the size of an Amazon Alexa device (L x W x H (in.) 2.8 x 2.8 x 9.25).

Is each faculty member getting a Huddlecam, or will they be available in the classroom?

A Huddlecam with integrated microphone will be deployed in every classroom space as part of the standard classroom mobile solution.

Will a USB pen tablet be available to use in conjunction with the Virtual Whiteboard in Zoom? Will the virtual whiteboard be visible to both the remote and in-room audience?

USB pen tablets are available upon request. The virtual whiteboard can be shared both locally and remotely.

Will all spaces have the extra (large) monitor? 

Yes. All spaces will have an additional monitor. Depending on the room size, the monitor could be either 32 or 55 inches.

Will lecterns or laptop stands be available? 

University Facilities is equipping all classroom spaces with a table at the front of the classroom, which will accommodate the USB-C dock, associated peripherals (as installed), and a faculty member's laptop.

Will there be additional power sources (power strips) available in the classrooms?

Yes, a power strip will be located close to the table at the front of the classroom.

Do faculty need to have their own cables to connect to the system? 

No. If you use an adapter to connect your laptop to the blended setup, you may need to bring that with you.

Will both Mac and PC systems be compatible?

Yes, the standard classroom mobile solution is designed to accommodate laptops of either operating system.

Is the large monitor screen for the faculty or for the students in the classroom?

The large monitor is meant for the faculty member to interact with the remote participants.

What if my computer doesn't have a USB-C connection?

You will need a USB-A to USB-C adapter to connect to the USB-C dock, and you will need to connect an HDMI cable to your laptop to use the external monitor installed in the front of the classroom. You will also need to bring your laptop's power supply.

Will adapters be available in the rooms or will the adapters be provided?

USB-A to USB-C adapters will be available in classroom spaces, and can be provided to individual faculty members who don't have a USB-C capable laptop, as well.

Will the existing classroom computer/hardware still be available to use?

Yes. No classroom technology is being removed.

Will the students that are present in the room and remote be able to hear each other? 

Students in the classroom will be able to hear remote students just fine; remote students will have a hard time hearing students that are in the room, so it is important that instructors repeat questions asked by the in-room students.

Do you have to use a microphone with the Huddlecam? 

The Huddlecam model being deployed across campus as part of the standard classroom mobile solution includes a built-in microphone, which may be selected within the Zoom audio settings of a respective presenter's laptop.

Are mics available for in-room audio reinforcement? 

While some larger spaces on campus have in-room voice amplification, most do not. For questions regarding capability in specific spaces, please contact TMSS.

How does the Huddlecam mic perform when a faculty member is writing on the board? Do they need to be directly facing the camera?

The mic integrated into the Huddlecam should provide adequate coverage while a faculty member is writing on the board; if remote participants report difficulty hearing, simply move the HuddleCam closer to the board.

Does wearing a mask affect the audio quality?

Audio quality is minimally effected when wearing a mask.

Can you move the Huddlecam?

Yes; the Huddlecam (as well as the stand to which it is attached) will be relatively easy to reposition.

Can remote students see both the faculty and the other students in the room? 

This system has been designed to focus on the faculty; however, the Huddlecam is small and can be turned around to face the audience if needed.

Can remote students view what may be written on the chalkboard/whiteboard? 

Yes. It may require that the faculty member move the Huddlecam elsewhere in the room to satisfy the viewing needs of the remote participants.

Can the document camera be adjusted to provide a view of the whiteboard/chalkboard? 

Yes, the document camera can be easily positioned to provide a view of the whiteboard or chalkboard.

What adjustments can remote users make within their Zoom session settings in order to view the faculty member prominently?

Hover over the instructor's video window, and click the ellipsis ("..."). From the pop-up menu that appears, select Pin Video.

If the session is being recorded, will it also record what is being displayed on the projector or through the document camera? 

If you are sharing your screen with the remote participants, it will be recorded. You will need to choose screen share or change the camera in Zoom to the document camera.

Will remote participants be able to see what is being projected and also see what may be written on the board?

Yes, by sharing the screen within Zoom, and positioning the Huddlecam so that the board is visible. 

For remote participants, will they be able to split the screen to see what is being shared (powerpoint) vs the view of the faculty/chalkboard from the camera?

Zoom allows the viewer to see both faculty and shared screen at the same time. The student can adjust their Zoom screen to their liking by selecting side-by-side mode under View Options.

Is it possible to show film clips or music files and also share those that are participating remotely?

Yes. Select Share Screen at the bottom of the meeting window, and in the new window that appears,  make sure the boxes next to Share computer sound and Optimize Screen Share for Video Clip are both checked.

Details

Article ID: 111803
Created
Tue 7/14/20 2:39 PM
Modified
Fri 10/2/20 4:51 PM