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McConnell Classroom Lecterns

  1. 1. McConnell Classroom Lecterns How to use the Lecterns and Lighting Controls in McConnell B-5, B-15, and 103 Overview Most of the controls you'll need while teaching can be found right on the lectern. When the projector is enabled, the projection screen will automatically come down. When it is muted so you can do board work for awhile, it will move back up. It won't automatically dim the lights for you, but you can control that from the lectern, too. You will, of course, need to put DVD's or VHS tapes into the player in the rack if you need them. There are no lectern-mounted controls for the players in B-5 or B-15, but they are present in McConnell 103. Each lectern is outfitted with a computer running Windows XP, a computer running Macintosh OS X, inputs for a laptop computer, and a document camera. The document camera can handle transparencies, like an overhead projector, or can project from opaque objects such as a page in a textbook. The document camera can zoom in to enhance the text. The instructor's lcd monitor will show what is being projected and you can dynamically switch between the three inputs during your lecture. In the McConnell 103 case-study room, there are TWO projectors so you could put the document camera up on one screen while displaying computer output on the other. Whichever input is selected LAST will be displayed on the lcd monitor for you. There are two screens in both McConnell B-5 and B-15, but only one projector. The other screen can be used for an old-fashioned overhead projector, slide projector, or eventually upgraded to another mounted projector.
  2. 2. Lighting This control, located on the lectern, has 4 preset levels: All On and All Off, plus one that attempts to set levels for projection, and one for use of the blackboards when you are using them while also projecting. If you don't like these levels, you can tweak them using the Master light controls, mounted on the pillar near the lectern in B-5 and B-15 and to the right of the equipment rack in the case-study room. The Master lighting control can be used to override the presets. Move the sliders for any block of lights to set their level, then tap the On/Activate button next them to use those settings. Or tap Activate and the sliders will be enabled for a minute or two so you can adjust until you're satisfied.
  3. 3. VCR, DVD, Windows, Macintosh, Laptop, Document Camera in B-5 or B-15 There is one set of buttons that turns the projection system on or off. You can then select the input from among the VCR/DVD (Video), the Macintosh, the Windows PC, the laptop input, or the Document Camera. NOTE: In B-5 and B-15, you must press "Lectern PC" to enable the three buttons above, for Macintosh, Windows PC, or Document Camera inputs! The Mute button will blank the projector and simultaneously raise the screen so you can do blackboard work. Hit the lighting button for board work for more lights. Tapping Mute again will bring the screen back down and re-enable the projector. The Volume adjustments controls the volume of all of the inputs. VCR, DVD, Windows, Macintosh, Laptop, Document Camera in 103 There is one set of buttons that turns the projection system on or off. You can then select the input from among the VCR/DVD player, the Macintosh, the Windows PC, the laptop input, or the Document Camera. The Mute button will blank the projector and simultaneously raise the screen so you can do blackboard work. Hit the lighting button for board work for more lights. Tapping Mute again will bring the screen back down and re-enable the projector. The Volume adjustments controls the volume of all of the inputs.
  4. 4. Using the Second Projector in 103 The second projector's controls mirror the primary projector's as closely as possible given the button arrangements possible. The second projector is the one that is aimed pretty squarely in your eyes, so you probably won't want to use it on a regular basis. NOTE: Whichever input was MOST RECENTLY SELECTED from either the primary or second projector inputs is the one that will display on your lcd monitor. Using a Laptop There are cables coiled up under the door in the top of the lectern. There's a network cable, a cable to the projector, and an optional audio cable, along with an outlet for your laptop power supply.
  5. 5. Using the Document Camera The document camera is in a drawer on the side of the lectern. The arm is locked, so move the slider at the base of it to extend the camera arm. Then rotate the camera down and remove the lens cover if one is present. The two stage lights can be unfolded if necessary. If you're using transparencies, you'll light the stage from below. If projecting from a book or other opaque object, light from above. The Lamp button cycles through all combinations of the stage lighting. Finally, note that you can zoom the camera in or out for the audience. If you are projecting text from a book, you'll probably want to zoom in on it.
  6. 6. Playing a DVD or VHS Tape in 103 Put your DVD or VHS tape into the combined DVD/VCR deck in the rack, then select the appropriate input, VCR or DVD. When you're ready to begin the video, you'll need to step over to the rack to press the Play button In McConnell B-5 and B-15. In the McConnell 103 case study room, there are controls (above) on the lectern to handle those functions. Microphones in 103 The microphone mounted on the lectern in the McConnell 103 case-study room has a switch to enable/disable it. There is also a lapel mike and a hand-held mike in the drawer in the rack. But note that both these wireless mikes transmit on the same frequency so you can only use the lapel mike OR the handheld mike. There are no microphones in either B-5 or B-15. Getting Help If you need help with the projection system or DVD/VCR, call x3474 (or send an email to classhelp@smith.edu). If you need computer help, call one of the Science Center computer folks, Kelly (x4409), Eric B. (x3847), Tony (x3719), or Eric J. (x3868) (or send an email to cats). Edited on ... Feb 3, 2006

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