Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I don't know how to use the new equipment. Is training available?
A: Yes. This website is intended to offer on-line training and technical help to faculty using the “Classrooms for the Future.” If you need more customized, in-person training, you may attend one of several classroom training sessions offered by the Academic Media Technology Department at the beginning of each semester. Visit our office in Room 1031 on the 10th floor, call 906-5030, or e-mail us at CA-Media@ccc.commnet.edu. If you missed the scheduled training sessions, special arrangements can be made to accomodate you.
Q: How do I get my computer log-on username and password?
A: Computer usernames and passwords are administered by the Information Technology Department. Visit their office on the 6th floor, Room 601, or call 906-5251.
Q: To use the computer, do I have to bring my files in on floppy diskette?
A: It's best to check the PC in your classroom. Some have floppy disk drives and CD/DVD drives, while others have only CD/DVD drives. However, all classroom PCs are connected to the college's network, so you can retrieve any files from your faculty folder on the Z-drive, or browse the World Wide Web on the internet.
Q: Can I use my own laptop in the classroom instead of the lectern computer?
A: Yes. Using the cables that came with your laptop, you can connect to jacks on the instructor's desk for your laptop display, sound, and power. See Connecting a Laptop for more detailed instructions.
Q: I would like to play audiocassettes in class. Can I do that on this system?
A: Yes. However, you must bring an audiocassette player into the classroom and connect it to the auxiliary jacks on the Control Panel. You can bring your own cassette player and cables, or Academic Media Technology (Room 1031) can loan you one for your class period. See Connecting Auxiliary Audio Devices for more detailed instructions.
Q: I would like to display digital photos from my digital camera. How do I do that?
A: You have several options. By downloading your images from the camera to a computer and saving them to a floppy diskette, or recordable CD, you can then display them using the Lectern Computer. But if your digital camera has a video out jack (most do), you can connect the camera to the system's Auxiliary Video Input, and display the images straight out of the camera. See Connecting Auxiliary Video Devices for more detailed instructions.
Q: I want to play a video from my 8mm camcorder. Is that possible?
A: Yes. You can connect a video camera to the system's Auxiliary Inputs, and display the video straight out of the camera. This is true for 8mm video cameras, Hi8, VHS-C, and MiniDV (or any camera with a standard video out jack). See Connecting Auxiliary Video Devices for more detailed instructions.
Q: Can students use the new equipment to make in-class presentations?
A: Yes. Students are encouraged to use the equipment for class presentations, under the supervision of the instructor. If you would like to schedule an in-class demonstration of the equipment for your students, call Academic Media Technology at 906-5030.