VBHEC classrooms have the following technology support.
- Public address amplifier and mixer
- Lavalier microphone
- Video projector and screen
- White board, markers, and eraser
- Classroom computer to manage local tech
- Honeywell Elmo overhead camera
- Emergency services telephone
The video projector has connections for the classroom computer, portable computers, and media player. The projector accepts VGA inputs. Mac and iPad users should plan to bring a VGA cable. Some, but not all classrooms, have connections for an HDMI video source (newer computers).
The classroom PA is intended for speach sound reinforcement use. Performers should plan to bring their normal small venue amplifiers, mixer, and speakers. We have a head mount microphone and a lavaliere microphone. The lavaliere mic works best when mounted above the sternum at collar bone level.
Most classroom computers are older Dell machines running Windows 7. Each classroom machine has a Staff login that our presenters use. The classroom computers have MS Office and Adobe Reader installed and web access is available from the instructor’s account. Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers are installed. A USB2 port is available for connecting thumb drives that are FAT formatted.
Some presenters bring their own computers while others use Dropbox, Google Drive, or mail attachments to transfer their presentation materials to the classroom computer. Most presenters have success using Google Slides, Apple iCloud Keynote, or Office 365 PowerPoint One Drive in a Firefox Web Browser.