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Classroom Audio-Video Technology Overview

This article applies to: Classroom Technologies

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For assistance with classroom audio-visual equipment, contact your local IT support staff.
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Classrooms will be equipped with audio-video technology to support the hybrid teaching model.

Faculty and instructors can expect a typical classroom to include some configuration of the following components as appropriate for the individual space’s requirements.

Connect to pre-installed audio-video equipment

Look for:

  • A labeled USB cable connected to an audio-video panel. Plug this cable into a USB port on your laptop to link to the room system.
  • A red adapter cable to connect your lapel (lavalier) microphone to room audio.
  • AV instruction sheets that summarize the room equipment and provide connection steps, including: - a "Plug Me In!" label identifying where to connect your laptop, and - several "Try Me!" sheets to help you get started with audio and video equipment.

In classrooms without installed AV equipment, a temporary audio system may be available. Contact the IT support staff responsible for the classroom space in question. Temporary AV systems may include:

  • Microphones and speakers
  • Video camera and tripod
  • AV control device and cables
  • Video monitor (in selected teaching spaces)

If you have questions or issues trying to connect your laptop to classroom AV, contact the IT support for the classroom's department or college for assistance.

Microphones: improve your audio quality

To ensure high-quality audio for students participating remotely, faculty will need to use microphones. Microphones will also improve the audio quality for students in the classrooms, who will be socially distanced and listening to instructors who are wearing masks or face shields.

Video technology: deliver visual content

  • Webcam with large and small tripod options provide wider-angle coverage for showing larger classrooms, labs, and studio spaces to remote participants. Read more details at Webcam with Tripod.
  • Document cameras let instructors share textbooks, printed diagrams, handwritten notes on paper to display on a classroom monitor locally and through web conferencing for remote students. Read more details at Document Camera (IPEVO VZ-R).
  • Annotation tablets let instructors write on an electronic “whiteboard” with wireless stylus to display on a classroom monitor locally and through web conferencing for remote students. Read more details at Annotation tablet (Wacom One).


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