Using in-room technology

Using in-room technology

Managed & personal computers

  • Research a topic or subject using online resources such as the library catalogue
  • Build a virtual mind-map
  • Write a document using Microsoft Word or uSpace
  • Read/ write a blog using uSpace
  • Create a presentation
  • Give a presentation
  • Show and import saved CopyCam images into a presentation
  • If connected to a Sympodium – digitally annotate over anything you display
  • Run/fill out a test using MOLE
  • Demonstrate how to do or find something
  • Create a screencast, use an headset/microphone and add audio
  • Compose and read emails
  • Show/watch a film
  • Transfer, edit and export a film
  • Edit or create images
  • Run a slide show of images
  • Create a diagram
  • Listen to an audio clip/music
  • Using an headset/microphone, add audio descriptions to a visual presentation
  • Transfer and edit audio recordings
  • Create a podcast
  • Take advantage of using a huge library of free/available software (managed desktop computers only)

Data projectors

  • Display a presentation or film
  • Project images or animation onto the wall to act as a backdrop
  • Project an image or map onto a writeable surface (write-on-wall or whiteboard) and write/illustrate over it (using a portable projector)

Plasma Screens

  • Show a film
  • Show a presentation
  • Use as digital signage to inform users of services

DVD/VHS players

  • Show a film
  • Play a music CD


  • Digitally annotate over anything you display
  • Invite students to add ideas, comments, etc
  • Convert annotations into computerised font within Microsoft Word, Excel or Smart Notebook
  • Capture and save your annotations
  • Magnify text within a web page or part of an image
  • Add impromptu ideas into PowerPoint slides
  • Highlight areas of interest or routes within online maps
  • Export your annotations as image files and email these to the rest of the class
  • When used with the Notebook software it can replace the whiteboard or flipchart to mind-map and brainstorm ideas, meaning these can be saved and edited digitally
  • Create a video screencast of the desktop using the Smart Recorder (connect a microphone to add voice over descriptions) – NOTE: Use must save screencast files to an external hard drive

AMX touch screen systems

  • Control the turning on/off of projector/plasmas screens
  • Switch between various audio visual sources at touch of button
  • Select and show a student’s work (from computer they are working on) to rest of class
  • Adjust the sound volume
  • Control the DVD playback


  • Use Huddleboards to brainstorm ideas or build a mind-map
  • Save images and distribute to rest of class electronically
  • Save images and import into PowerPoint presentations or Word documents


  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Build a mind-map
  • Draw a picture/illustration
  • Attach work (in poster format) on them

Video conferencing systems

  • Connect/host course seminars with other Universities
  • Connect two classes at separate Universities
  • Teach more students at the same time across University
  • Run a tutorial between staff and students
  • Use as a broadcast station-student online TV across University or worldwide
  • View/host a presentation by a key note speaker
  • Connect with International Faculties
  • Connect video conference systems to personal computers using desktop clients
  • Set up a witness case scenario, where witness is in another room and Jury in another
  • Use the Access Grid to display multiple applications, e.g. a PowerPoint presentation, film, image, and document all displayed simultaneously

Voting (response) systems

  • Student evaluation
  • Carry out a quiz
  • Carry out a test
  • Student attendance

Lecture capture systems

  • Helps students re-cap lectures
  • Helps users go through presentations at own pace, as many times as they need
  • Helps build confidence, especially for struggling students who feel they are behind in their studies