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SMART Classrooms

SMART classrooms are designed for self-service use of computer, video, and document display. Faculty may also record their voice and the computer desktop in any SMART classroom using Camtasia Relay.

Hours

SMART classrooms are readied for each class day, and assistance is available 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. weekdays while the term is in session.

Access or assistance that may be needed during the reading period, exam period, or term break should be scheduled by sending e-mail to classroom.scheduling@dartmouth.edu.

This is especially critical when exams fall on the weekend when staff are not ordinarily scheduled.

The AV systems are turned on and checked before the beginning of each class day. The AV systems are shut down and checked again at the end of the class day. The AV systems are also shutdown automatically every night at 11 p.m. to ensure that the equipment is not left on for extended periods between uses.

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Support

Faculty are strongly encouraged to schedule training on SMART classroom features and AV system operation. A code may be required to turn the AV system on if another user has shut it down. Troubleshooting assistance is available during class hours by calling 646-1155. An attendant may be able to resolve the problem over the phone, or a technician may be dispatched to the classroom. Support is not available over any weekend or on weeknights during term breaks unless stand by assistance is scheduled.

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Features

SMART classrooms are built to meet or exceed the following equipment standards. Classrooms that were renovated prior to the current standards may omit some features. See the SMART classroom list for exceptions.

  • Touch screen control - a common graphical user interface for controlling the AV system.
  • Video Display – one or more video projectors or flat screens capable of displaying enhanced definition (1280x800/720p) video.
  • Computer – a Macintosh iMac running Mac OS 10.5 and Windows XP via Bootcamp. A list of available software is available here.
  • Laptop – a VGA input for displaying a user supplied laptop. (MacBook users must provide the video adapter cable – sometimes referred to as a dongle – to convert the Mac-specific DVI-I or mini Displayport video output on their computer to the campus standard VGA connector.)
  • Video Sources – a multi-region Blu-Ray/DVD player for displaying discs produced in any country.
  • IPTV – a DarTV tuner is provided in larger lecture halls; small and medium sized classrooms rely on the installed computer to tune DarTV stations.
  • Microphone – a wireless lavaliere microphone is provided in all classrooms with 49 seats or more. Recently renovated smaller rooms also have a wireless lavaliere microphone.
  • Network – wired Ethernet is provided at the lectern, and wireless is present in all classrooms. Existing wireless service may not be sufficient for supporting all students engaged in network-intensive tasks. Contact your department IT support office for assistance before scheduling these activities.

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Feedback

Let us know how we can improve your SMART classroom experience: new functionality, additional training or instructions, improved design, easier access, etc.

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Last Updated: 8/19/10