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Using Classroom Technology

This page covers the current standard classroom technology at TN Tech. Most teaching rooms have one of the following setups, however, there are some classes that are different. We are trying to cover the most common here. If you are in Engineering, you will want to contact Jared Jennings to see about how the room is setup and for further assistance.

Download the Classroom Technology Help Guide

Turning on the Teaching Station Technology

When you walk in a room, you will either see a button panel or a touch panel on the podium. In each room there is a computer (PC) on the teaching station along with other technology.

Button Panel

Touch Panel

Select the Power button in the upper left corner.

Touch anywhere on the screen to power on the system.

Classroom button panel - On Classroom touch panel - On

Using the PC on the Teaching Station

Once you have powered on the system, login to the computer on the teaching station using your TN Tech credentials.

Button Panel

Touch Panel

Select the PC button.
NOTE: Depending on the model, the PC button may be the second from the left on the top row. 
Select the PC button.

Classroom button panel - PC

Classroom touch panel - PC

Using Your Laptop

If you would like to use your laptop to present, first, power on the system.

Connect your Laptop to the Docking Station

Select the connector cable from the Docking Station and connect it to your laptop. The cable is easy to spot because it has an adapter attached that can convert the USB-C connection to standard USB-3.0 ports for use with devices that don't have a free USB-C port.

Classroom docking station Cable to connect the laptop from the docking station with USB-C and USB connections

 

Button Panel

Touch Panel

Select the HDMI or Laptop HDMI button on the panel.
NOTE: Depending on the model this button may also be located in a different place on the panel. 

Select the Laptop HDMI button

Classroom button panel - HDMI, Laptop, or Laptop HDMI Classroom touch panel - Laptop HDMI

NOTE: The laptop button will be some combination of Laptop and/or HDMI on the different control panels.

Switch the USB and Devices to the Laptop

When using a laptop, you will want to make sure the correct device is selected on the USB switcher (shown below). There will be an A (Laptop) and a B (PC) with a small blue light signifying which is selected.

By doing this, it will connect your laptop to any USB devices connected to the teaching station (for example: IPEVO document camera, Polycom video camera, external DVD player, USB Hub, and others) so you can use them with your laptop. While most rooms are standard, some may have different hardware available.

USB Switch on Teaching Station

Troubleshooting

Is the presentation not showing on the projectors?

Make sure that the displays are set to Duplicate.

On the keyboard, select the Windows Key + P and select Duplicate. This should resolve the issue.

This could also happen where the projectors show the presentation and not the monitor. Use the same steps to resolve this issue.

Don’t see the cameras in your list of devices?

Make sure that USB Switcher (see above) is set to the appropriate option, A (Laptop) or B (PC).

The laptop is not showing, even after plugging it into the docking station.

You may need to install the DisplayLink driver (this is especially common for devices running macOS that are not managed by Tennessee Tech): https://www.displaylink.com/downloads


Having technical issues?

If you are experiencing any problems using the classroom technology, call the HelpDesk at (931) 372-3975.

Need to learn more about how to use the room effectively in your class?

If you need training or assistance learning how to integrate the different technology into your teaching, contact the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) by emailing citl@tntech.edu or call (931) 372-3675.