As summer approaches, we would like to share changes that will affect instructors and employees using classrooms starting Fall 2022. (Complete information about technology classrooms on campus can be found on our website.)
Technology Enhanced Classrooms (TECs)
Here is a list of TECs. The fourth column indicates if the classroom is a TEC.
TECs have the most updated technology including a hybrid kit bundle of equipment to facilitate various modalities of teaching and learning using equipment, such as a video recorder on a tripod, Elmo document camera, Wacom graphics tablet, and video capture card to input a secondary video source into the classroom computer.
TECs (with the exception of BS 104 and BS 109 Mac computer labs) will be equipped with a new Windows all-in-one computer with a touchscreen monitor. Instructors who prefer Windows or do not have a preference should use a TEC. (Instructors can also bring their own laptop (including Mac brand) to use in the TEC by connecting to the provided HDMI cable. They must bring their own adapter, if needed.)
TECs will continue to be supported and upgraded by the campus.
Here is a list of Smart Classrooms. The third column indicates if the classroom is a Smart Classroom.
Smart Classrooms will continue to be supported until the equipment stops working. The Smart Classrooms currently have iMac computers running both macOS and Windows OS. However, because of Apple’s recent updates to the macOS, the iMacs cannot run Windows OS. Therefore, iMacs in Smart Classrooms will be re-imaged over the summer and will only run macOS starting Fall 2022. Instructors who prefer macOS should use a Smart Classroom.
A note about Smart Classrooms – the life expectancy of the iMac computers are 1-2 years. These computers will not be replaced if they fail or if Apple puts them on the obsolete list. Smart Classrooms will eventually be phased out.
If you have a strong preference for Mac, please ask your Division Chair to schedule you in a Smart Classroom. If you have a preference for Windows OS, do not have a preference, or will be using your own laptop, please ask to be scheduled in a TEC (which has the most up-to-date equipment and technologies).
If you have any questions about the classroom computers you may contact the ITG Help Desk at 455-0271 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are planning to teach in any of these classrooms in the Fall, it is highly recommended that you acquaint yourselves with the equipment and technology prior to the start of the Fall semester. You may contact Brent Hirata, Educational Technologist, for an orientation or consultation on using the technologies in the classrooms for teaching.