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Title: Classroom Technology Sullivan Hall

Classroom Technology Sullivan Hall
  • Stephanie Zimmerman
  • Associate Director of Multimedia Services
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • March 25, 2006

Sullivan Hall ClassroomsBuilt in 1999, with
several upgrades and renovations since.
Initial Technology for Classrooms
  • Smart Podiums
  • Crestron Control Processor brains
  • One device that centralizes the controls for
  • Integrated Touch Screen Controls in Podium
  • Multimedia Projectors
  • Document Readers
  • Connections for Laptops
  • Audio CD and Cassette Decks (with speed controls)
  • VHS players
  • Microphones
  • Professors Microphones
  • Audience voice lift system
  • Lighting Controls
  • Wired Ethernet jacks for each chair

Smart Classrooms Centralized Control Units
  • Crestron Control Processor Brains
  • Control module with standardized device controls.
  • Routes in and outputs for presentations.
  • Ability to centralize controls for everything.
  • Programmable, Scalable, Flexible.
  • Continues to be useful regardless of new

Standardized User Interface
  • Touch Screen Interface
  • Standard, consistent interface in every
  • Easy to figure out, even without training or
    evening support.
  • Programmable to incorporate new technologies.
  • Communicates useful information.

Choosing the Right Screen
  • Tab Tension Screens
  • Advantages Never creases, great reflective
  • Disadvantage starts to stick to itself after a
    few years.

Multimedia Projector Upgrades
Original Proxima Projectors Current Sharp
  • Models are always improving
  • 2x Brighter, Quieter, Smaller, Higher Resolution
  • Warm-up in a few minutes. Important, especially
    if the class just before you turned it off.
  • Ability to sell original model to recover some

Document Readers
2nd Doc Reader Model Newest Doc
  • Problems with original Doc Reader Interface.
  • Technology improvement between design and
  • Can stand in as Overhead Projector as well, with
    under bed lights.

Classroom 328 Upgrade
  • Originally one room had no technology
  • Tables could be moved into configurations at
  • Future space needs required it to be
  • Technology had to be added, 5 years later.

Classroom 328 Upgrade
  • Installing new equipment, that has same
  • None of the original equipment models are made
    anymore, but Crestron and Touch Screen interface
    the same way.
  • Setup allows professors to sit at table level
    with students with laptop extension cord, or move
    podium around (which is same height as desks).

Microphones in Large Classrooms
  • Professor based microphones
  • Stationary podium mics, always on.
  • Wireless Microphones,
  • Require faculty to use keys, batteries, and
    on/off switch.

Microphones in Large Classrooms
  • Student based Voice Lift system
  • Ceiling Mounted Microphone Arrays.
  • Ceiling Mounted Speakers
  • Directional Program Speakers
  • Complex control Systems

Fully integrated via Crestron
Architecture and Technology Sound Proofing
  • Hard walls and floors create echo champers inside
  • Fabric panels, carpet and insulated walls help.
  • Noisy ventilation can drown out everything.
  • Important to lesson pressure at any one spot.
  • Make sure ceiling microphones are not near vents.
  • Double doors to keep out hallway noise.

Architecture and Technology - Lighting
Great, I can see the whiteboard, but Where is
the professor?
Architecture and Technology - Lighting
Great, I can see the whiteboard, but Whats
being projected?
Architecture and Technology - Lighting
Wooden Clouds are pretty, but Pretty and
Functional are not always the same thing. If
there is a battle over looks, its important that
functionality wins before the architect builds
something that cant be changed.
Architecture and Technology - Lighting
Lighting Placement and Controls are Important
These are studio lights added after building
was finished. Can be customized and
controlled by Crestron.
Architecture and Technology - Lighting
In-room Lighting Demo
Architecture and Technology - Lighting
  • Outside windows and Skylights
  • Fluorescent Light Fixtures
  • Incandescent area lights
  • Bright Projectors
  • Studio Lights

Color Temperature Every type of lighting has a
different color to it. Make sure yours all
match, especially if you ever want to videotape.
Architecture and Technology
Equipment Rack Space Leave space for
growth. Conduit Pipe Wireless is not the
answer to everything. Water Damage Plan
for Crisis. Raise equipment off floor.
Architecture and Technology
  • Additional Equipment Racks in Podium
  • Access to items like VCRs, DVDs, etc.
  • Additional Inputs (future iPod jacks etc.)
  • Access and Security Issues
  • Theft Tampering Concerns.
  • Fixed or Movable Podiums
  • Wiring Concerns
  • Labor Considerations

Architecture and Technology
  • Build for durability.
  • Avoid any moving parts. They break and add
  • Choose round edges when possible. Corners break
    and scratch.
  • Use metal instead of plastic when possible.

Architecture and Technology - Videotaping

Whether you use them now or now, build outputs
from your classrooms for recording devices, both
at the podiums, and at the back of the rooms.
Architecture and Technology - Videotaping

Sullivan Hall portable videotaping and encoding
capabilities. Fixed Cameras versus Portable
Setups. Convertible Recording Formats. (WMV to
MP3, etc)

Polycom Viewstation FX
Experimenting before purchasing. Using existing
device for many purposes. Repurposing portable
equipment for larger uses. Integrating new
technology into rooms not built for it.
Video Conferencing
  • 1st Semester, SU Courtroom
  • Existing Room reinforcement audio was a disaster.
  • So table mics had to be laid out for each
    student, and Vortex Echo Cancellor was purchased.
  • 2nd Semester, classroom C5
  • Two ceiling mounted mics pickup questions for 115
    people seamlessly.
  • Fully integrated with VTC.

Usability Why is this Important?
  • Could I use it - Will I use it?
  • Intuitive Use - Technology should Assist not
  • Minimize wasted time. Minimize stress for
  • Keep student and professor confidence high.
  • Minimize labor costs in support.

Usability Why is this Important?
  • Never assume anything about your users.
  • Leave instructions where they can be found.
  • Label Things if they arent obvious, or even when
    they are.

Usability Why is this Important?
  • Tech Support - Phones
  • Analog Phones in Classrooms
  • Ringers off
  • local numbers only
  • posted help numbers
  • Repurpose for telephone conferencing
  • Tech Support
  • The show must go on.
  • Dont leave evening faculty and students hanging
    out there on their own.
  • Manned help desk or phone, student workers who
    can locate who ever is needed via radio, cell,

Usability Why is this Important?
  • Critical Questions to Ask
  • Are we buying it because its trendy or will it
    actually be useful?
  • Will technophobe users be comfortable with it?
  • Is it so complex that a technician has to be on
    hand, in every room, holding hands, every day?
  • Can I move from one room to another without have
    to relearn everything?
  • Will the interface change every year?
  • Can evening professors figure it out on their
  • Can visiting guests lecturers figure it out
    without training?

Technology Investments
  • Its not how much money you have, but how you
    spend it.
  • Know what your choices are.
  • Learn from others experience. Ask Questions.
  • Know advantages and disadvantages of each option.
  • Dont throw money at cool things, invest in
    useful opportunities.
  • Always plan for forward growth.
  • Dont marry yourself to proprietary, dead-in
  • Technology is never a one time cost.
  • Consumables projector bulbs , repairs,
  • Find a Trustworthy Subcontractor for Integrated

Technology Investments
  • Technology is never a one time cost
  • Consumables projector bulbs, batteries, studio
  • Accessibility of equipment for repairs ladders,
  • Someone has to replace mic batteries every week.
  • Life-cycle of Equipment 3-5 years on industrial
    grade devices.
  • Unexpected repairs
  • Theft replacements
  • Outdated technology
  • Changing needs
  • Better not to spend anything, then dump money
    once into systems you wont sustain in the
    future. It sets false expectations for use.

Plan for Expansion
  • Growth is inevitable.
  • Have more room than needed in Conduit Pipe.
  • Leave empty space in Equipment Racks.
  • Have additional inputs and outputs in all devices
    than needed.
  • Buy industrial equipment that is controlled with
    standardized protocols.
  • Know technology will improve between your first
    quote, and when you finally build.
  • Own your own Crestron Programming, always demand
    copies of that programming from your engineer
    after each upgrade!! Dont assume that company
    will exist in 5 years.
  • Buy one spare of everything, because when it
    finally dies you wont be able to find that model
    again. And it always dies in the middle of a
    semester, when the room cant be upgraded.

The Future
What is on the Horizon.