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Classroom Types
The evolution of classroom technology at Case Western Reserve University has resulted in the development of a three-tier approach to system design and implementation. Each tier is designed to add an additional level of functionality to the overall system. They are built upon a foundation consisting of a well-designed classroom environment and campus network. The following table shows the components available to each level of classroom. Clicking on the levels (1, 2, and 3) will take you to a more detailed explanation of each one.
Classroom Features Matrix
Equipment / feature: Level 1 Level 1 HD Level 2 Level 2 HD Level 3
Projection screen X X X X X
Video Projector X X X X X
Projector remote control X X X X X
Laptop computer connection X X X X X
Auxiliary audio and video connection X X X X X
Stereo audio playback X X X X X
CWRUnet faceplate X X X X X
Telephone optional optional X X X
VCR/DVD Player     X   X
Blu-Ray Player       X  
Document camera     X X X
Computer w/lectern LCD display     X X X
Mouse     X X X
Integrated AV control system     X X X
Teaching Station optional optional X X X
Remote AV system support     X X X
Touch panel control     X   X
Integrated Computer LCD/Touch Panel       X  
Videoconferencing enabled         X
Instructor camera         X
Instructor microphone         X
Student camera         X
Student microphones         X
Remote site display         X
AV recording enabled         optional
Instructor speech reinforcement     optional optional optional
Student speech reinforcement     optional optional optional
Classroom Tech Levels
Level 1
The Level 1 system starts with a ceiling mounted video projection system that is chosen to best meet the requirements of the environment. A projection screen provides an ideal viewing surface for data or video, displaying clear, bright images. A convenient interface plate provides connections for network, computer, video and audio sources. The system is controlled by a user-friendly remote control panel that allows users to turn the system on and off, select various input sources and adjust audio volume. Wall-mounted program speakers provide stereo sound for a complete multimedia experience. Each classroom also contains a telephone that allows faculty to contact technical support should the need arise. The Level 1 classroom is designed to be deployed as a short-term solution and in rooms that seat less than 20 persons.
Level 1 HD
The Level 1 HD system includes all the components and features found in the Level 1 system, and includes a native 720p projector with 16x9 format, producing a resolution of 1280x720.
Level 2
The Level 2 system includes all the components and features found in the Level 1 system along with the addition of greatly enhanced presentation capabilities. Every Level 2 classroom features a teaching station that is specially designed to house the room's technology, yet has a relatively small footprint (2' x 4') that is no larger than the desks that are currently located in each classroom. The unit features a height-adjustable surface, which allows the system to be operated from a standing or seated position. The teaching station also features a retractable keyboard and mouse tray, along with a built-in LCD monitor, which serves as a confidence monitor that provides the ability to display the same image on both the built-in monitor and projection system, allowing instructors to maintain eye contact with their students. A document camera, serves as a significant upgrade for the traditional overhead projector. Not only does it offer the ability to display overhead transparencies, but it can be used to image (and capture) pages from a book or periodical, hand written notes, pictures, photographs, x-rays and even three-dimensional objects. All of these images can be saved as html pages that can be retrieved over the network. A rack-mounted combination VCR/DVD player allows the instructor to incorporate the highest quality video in the classroom. The system is controlled by a user-friendly remote control panel that contains all the features found in a Level 1 room along with simple transport controls of the VCR and DVD players. The control system also features an expanded set of browser-based controls that enables access to more advance system control features, such as chapter and menu search of DVD titles. It also enables remote support of the classroom in that it allows technical support personnel to access room systems from a central location.
Level 2 HD
The Level 2 HD system includes all the components and features found in the Level 2 system along with the addition of a new control panel and presentation tools. Each Level 2 HD classroom features a 15" LCD/Touch Panel which serves as a confidence monitor and control center of the presentation. A native 720p projector with 16x9 format (giving a resolution of 1280x720) works with the addition of a Blu-Ray player to deliver presentations and videos in a clear, high-definition resolution.
Level 3
The Level 3 system includes all the components and features found in the Level 2 system along with a unique set of features, which enables the classroom to function as a video conference facility. A Level 3 classroom can be used as an endpoint for videoconferences.
Mike Thomas
Technology Enhanced Classroom Manager
TEL: (216) 368-3777
Email: mediavision@case.edu
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