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New Technology & Changes to the Classrooms

Classrooms have received new equipment to meet the needs of the Fall 2020 semester and to accommodate the various teaching modalities that will be offered. With the addition of new technology and the requirements of remote instruction, there have also been changes to the general purpose classroom computers, as well as changes in how you may have used the classrooms in the past.

A list of important details you should be aware of have been added below.

Classroom Computers

The Windows 10 presenter station computers in General Purpose (GP) classrooms will need to be used to join and record the Teams meetings you have scheduled for remote lectures. The presenter station computer will provide you with access to Microsoft Teams, webcam and microphone, allow you to use a pen display for writing and sharing OneNote notes or virtual whiteboards, as well as the ability to share the document camera video feed with both in person and remote students.

We understand some faculty prefer or need to use their laptop computers for specific applications, etc.  Teams allows you to log into multiple computers using the same account simultaneously. Using the Teams client on your laptop to share the content with the meeting in conjunction with the Teams client on the presenter station to display the content to the room, you can successfully use your laptop without the need to connect via a cable.

Important changes to Classroom Computers for Fall 2020

  • Documentation for GP classrooms is available at http://go.uvm.edu/classrooms.
  • NetID credentials are now required to login to the computer.  You will need to log out of the computer after class. Steps for logging in are available in the Getting Started section for each room in the link above.
  • Inactivity of the mouse or keyboard for longer than 20 minutes will lock the screen and require that you enter your NetID password to unlock.
  • Microsoft Teams has been installed and will launch by default after logging into the computer. The first time you visit a classroom you will need to sign into Teams after signing into your account on the computer, thereafter Teams will start and log in automatically when you log into your account.
  • For security and stability reasons, software installation for use by any user on GP classroom computers is not permitted – if you are dependent on specific software being installed on a GP classroom computer please submit a request for software and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • Laptops – do not use HDMI or VGA to connect your laptop to the projector. Doing so will prevent you from being able to share the document camera, or pen display with remote students. Instead, join the Teams meeting from the presenter computer so the webcam, mic, and speaker can be used – then join the meeting from your laptop using Teams on the laptop to share content with the class. These steps are documented at http://go.uvm.edu/classrooms.
  • Document Cameras – The process for sharing the document camera has changed to allow in-person and remote students to see the same image. The Windows Camera App is used to display the video from the document camera on the screen so that it may be shared by the Teams client.  Steps for sharing the document camera with in-person and remote students are available at http://go.uvm.edu/classrooms.

New Technology in the Classrooms

Logitech MeetUp Camera

The Logitech MeetUp is a camera, microphone, and speaker all-in-one and in our testing, performed each task well. Every* General Purpose and department managed classroom will be equipped with the MeetUp as the primary camera system.

If needed the remote control can be used to zoom, pan, and adjust the speaker volume.

*several large lecture halls on campus are equipped with a ceiling mounted camera instead of the Logitech MeetUp.

Wacom One Pen Display

The Wacom One was chosen to replace the need for physical whiteboard capture – and to make sharing notes with students attending remotely possible.

This is a “pen display” – it acts as a second monitor as well as an accurate writing device. Please note that the Wacom One is not a touch device – the pen or mouse is required to interact with the display.

Wacom Ones are installed in all General Purpose classrooms, as well as departmental classrooms identified by college IT support units.

Dell Docking Stations

Non-General Purpose classrooms that do not have a dedicated presenter computer (as identified by college IT support units) will be equipped with Dell docking stations. The dock is compatible with both Windows and macOS laptops, and can connect via USB-C or USB 3.0.

An important note to macOS users – you will need to pre-install the DisplayLink driver for video to work.