This article will review how to use the HyFlex classroom technology. Please see Teaching in a HyFlex Classroom for additional HyFlex teaching tips and best practices.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Getting Started
- The ViewSonic Display
- The Logitech Camera & Remote
- Sharing Content (whiteboard, presentations, videos, etc.)
The equipment in the HyFlex classrooms consists of a Logitech rally bar camera on top of a large touchscreen PC, a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse, a remote for the rally bar, and two styluses for use on the touchscreen.
Turn on the system
When you first walk into the classroom, turn the system on by pressing the Power button on the bottom of the display. It will take a few minutes for the system to boot up.
Locate the Accessories
As the system is booting, locate the wireless keyboard and mouse, as you will need these for navigating the system and logging into your accounts. Make sure the Logitech remote and styluses are available if you plan to use them.
Please note that the mouse has an on/off switch on the bottom. Make sure the mouse is turned on before using it. If the batteries are dead, please contact IT.
Log in to Zoom
Once the system has booted up, click on the Zoom icon on the desktop or taskbar to open Zoom.
Once Zoom opens, click the SSO button to log in to Zoom via SSO.
Once you have logged into Zoom with your Lesley credentials, open your Zoom meeting. This will allow your virtual students to attend class.
Important Note About Multi-Factor Authentication
Remember to bring your mobile phone! When you log into your Lesley accounts you will need to verify your identity using Office 365 multi-factor authentication. If you do not have your authenticator preferences set up to go to your mobile phone (instead of your home or office phone), you may change your multi-factor authentication settings.
The ViewSonic Display
The ViewSonic Display is essentially a large touch screen computer. You can log in and navigate the system much like you would with any PC. The system has many of the essential software tools that you may need for your teaching, including Zoom, Chrome, Microsoft Office, and more.
This computer will erase all saved data after restarting. Please save your documents to a USB flash drive or to cloud storage (such as OneDrive or Google Drive).
The Logitech Camera & Remote
The Logitech rally bar is the camera on top of the display and is the default audio and video source. Depending on your classroom, the camera will pick up most of the room and the microphones are sensitive enough to pick up your voice in the back of the room.
The camera has a tracking feature, which will auto track you and your voice up to 12 ft. Anything further and you will need to use the remote to pan and zoom to the desired spot.
Sharing Content (whiteboard, presentations, videos, etc.)
In order to ensure that both your in-class students and your online students can view the content you will want to ensure that you share your content digitally.
Using a whiteboard can be very beneficial for you and your students. Rather than use the physical whiteboard in the classroom, use a digital whiteboard to ensure that your online students can see and interact with the content.
The most simple way to share a whiteboard is to use Zoom's built-in whiteboard. Then you can use the styluses (or your finger) on the ViewSonic to write or draw on the digital whiteboard.
Presentations and documents
The easiest way to share a presentation or document is to share your screen in Zoom. This will ensure that all of your students can view your content regardless of their location. The best way to share your file will depend on where you have saved it. As a best practice, we recommend saving in multiple places just in case you run into technical issues.
Using cloud storage (OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.)
Save your presentation or document to cloud storage such as OneDrive or Google Drive. Then log into your account on the ViewSonic, open your file, then share your screen in Zoom.
Using a USB flash drive
Save your presentation or document to a USB flash drive. Insert your drive into one of the USB ports on the front of the ViewSonic display.
Locate your file, open it, and share your screen in Zoom.
Use your laptop
Save your presentation or document to your laptop. Log into Zoom from your laptop (don't log out of Zoom on the ViewSonic display). Then open your file and share your screen in Zoom.
Digital Media (YouTube, Vimeo, Library video resources, Kaltura, etc.)
In order to share digital media (including YouTube, Vimeo, library video resources, Kaltura videos, etc.), open your video on your computer. Once the video is open, share your screen in Zoom. Be sure to select the option at the bottom of the screen to share sound.
Physical Media (DVD)
In order to share a DVD, you will need to ensure that you have a laptop with a DVD player or you can connect one to your computer. Open the video on your computer, login to Zoom from your laptop (don't log out of Zoom on the ViewSonic display), and share your screen in Zoom. Be sure to select the option at the bottom of the screen to share sound.
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