Using A Document Camera In An Extended Virtual Classroom

In an Extended Virtual Classroom, the instructor can present their content using a document camera. That content is both displayed on the projection screen in the classroom and is shared with remote participants using video meeting software (such as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or Webex). 

 

Classroom Set-up 

To begin, turn on the document camera by physically pressing its power button.   When you are in an EVC, the document camera can no longer be turned on at the touch screen or button control. Everything is controlled using the computer.  If you want to show the document camera, be sure to double click on the document camera icon on the desktop.   

It takes a while for the document camera to start and be recognized by the computer.  This is why you need to do this step first.  Do a visual observation that the USB cable is connected between the document camera and the computer if you are experiencing issues. 

Next, wake up the Crestron A/V control panel by touching the screen with your finger.  Turn on the projection system by pressing the “DISPLAY ON” button.  Be sure to select the “PC” as the source for the classroom projection system. 

Crestron Control Panel with Display On and PC selected

Your Extended Virtual Learning space will have an external Web camera already set-up on a stand.  Be sure to position the Webcam so that all of your students (in the classroom and remotely) will be able to see you while you are teaching. 

Turn on the desktop computer, log in, and start the Chrome Browser.

For this instruction, we are using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  In the beginning, you will need to configure your audio and video.  Pay attention to your choices because you will be able to select between the Webcam and the Document Camera as the video source.  Start the meeting using the Webcam.   There is a mic on the workstation and another placed into the classroom that will pick up the student’s voices.  

For your audio choice in an EV classroom, choose the Microphone (Scarlett 2i2 USB).  Don’t forget to test your audio to make sure it is working.  

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Sound Test With Scarlet USB selected

In the video meeting, open the control panel on the right using the purple left-chevron icon and select the “sharing” menu (box with an arrow icon). From the sharing list, choose Share Camera. You can select either the Webcam or the Document Camera.   

Blackboard control icon Blackboard sharing icon

Teach your class using just the document camera to present equations and drawings and other visual content.  Remember, you want the local and remote students to be able to see it, see you, hear you and the local students.  Don’t forget about the remote students.  And remember, eye content – facing the camera helps to connect all the participants, near and far. Lastly – press record before you start your class! 

Image of classroom document camera

 

 

Audio Headset 

It is not necessary to use an audio headset; the speakers in the classroom help you hear the students at the far sites. 

 

Notes and References

To date, these are the modified Extended Virtual Classrooms for you to take advantage of sharing your content with others via synchronous or asynchronous transmission.   

Listing of EV Classrooms on Campus: 

CSB - Auditorium 

HUM - 9, 116, 201, 214,  216

LC - 100, 102 

SAB - 118A, 226 

SH - 122, 125, 126, 128, 157, 159, 160, 181, 231, 259, 260, 271 

SUB - 62/63 

VH - 110, 219 

WH - 221, 223, 225, 335, 363, 365, 367 

 

For assistance scheduling one of these classrooms call Records and Registration at 845-257-3110

For more information, walk in to the Service Desk in Humanities 103 or call 845-257-HELP (4357).
To request technology assistance and support, submit a ticket.
For a one-on-one demonstration of classroom AV technology, request an orientation.

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Article ID: 115040
Created
Fri 8/28/20 5:18 PM
Modified
Mon 8/31/20 3:01 PM