Rice University

Classroom Technologies

BRK 103 Brockman Hall for Physics

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Room Type
30 - Tables & Chairs
Windows with Blinds/Shades
Writing Surface
19'(W) x 9'(H)
Projection Surface
Retractable (motorized)
8'(W) x 5'(H)
Power at seats? No
Video Conferencing
Available? No
Student Wheelchair Access? Yes
Instructor Wheelchair Access? Yes

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Technology Instructions

Podium 4

The "Podium 4" class of podium is controlled by a touch-panel remote which is located either the lift section of the podium surface or on the wall adjacent the podium.  The system contains a PC computer, blu-ray/dvd disc player, and laptop VGA, HDMI, and stereo audio connection inputs.

Classroom activation:

1 - Wake the touch-panel: 

A firm touch to the “touch-panel” screen will wake the panel from hibernation.  A “welcome image” will appear prompting you to perform another firm touch to the screen in order to continue.

2 - Activation of projector:

With the touch-panel activated, a message box will appear asking whether or not the projector will be used for the session.  Press "yes" if affirmative, press "no" if negative. 

Note:  If subsequent use of the projector is required, pressing the “Current Mode” button at the top of the screen will activate the previous touch-panel message box, at this time, "yes" can be selected to activate the projector.  You may also press the "Exit" button and re-enter the system to engage the activation message box.

3 - Source display:

If “yes” is selected to activate the projector, a guide dialog box will appear prompting the user to select their desired source.  Please make sure to select the source you wish to use at this time. 

Note:  The selected computer, PC or MAC, may be in hibernation mode; thus you will have to "wiggle" the mouse or press the "Esc" or "Space-bar" keys on the keyboard to wake the computer.

4 - Screen control:

The screen will be lowered automatically when the projector activates, thus there is no need to lower the screen manually.  However, there is a screen switch on the wall nearest the podium if required. 

5 - Monitor:

The monitor should be left on at all times, however sleep mode does activate after no source is present for an extended period of time.  To wake the monitor, you must first activate the system at the “touch-panel”, wake the computer you plan to use by pressing the escape or space-bar key or wiggling the mouse.  Once the computer is operational an image should be presented on the monitor.  It’s possible the monitor was powered off if no image is viewable on the monitor.  Please locate the monitor power button and press to activate the monitor (location of power button will vary depending on monitor model).   

6 - Audio:

There are three audio levels that must be taken into consideration when operating room audio.  The computer audio should be at max level.  The software audio should also be adjusted accordingly.  The room audio at the touch-panel can then be adjusted up or down to further calibrate the room audio, this can be done using the “up” and “down” "hard" buttons on the right side of the touch-panel.  The "Advanced Audio Controls" touch-panel button will allow more specific audio adjustments including the ability to boost the audio output.

Note:  If the Mac computer audio is "greyed out", this indicates that the audio can only be adjusted through the touch-panel.  This is a function of some mac computer(s) when connected to a source via HDMI cable. 

7 - Microphones (if applicable):

Please see the corresponding microphone "tab" for room specific instructions.

Note:  Not all classrooms are equipped with microphones.

Issues, questions, or urgent assistance please contact OIT Operations desk at 713-348-4989.

Sony Microphone:

Sony lavaliere microphone transmitter (UTX-B03) operation instructions.

1 - Activation:

Press and hold the "power/muting" button for 3 seconds in order to activate the microphone.  A green light will appear on the top left of the microphone marked "power".  

Positioning:  To use the "lav" microphone, take the "lav" microphone portion of the transmitter and clip it to the center of the chest, no more than 6 inches from the chin (Making an L shape with the index finger, and placing the index finger underneath the chin, with the thumb on the chest, will give you a near approximate location of where, on the chest, to clip the microphone).  This would be the optimal location for the lav microphone to transmit a voice signal, since the center chest location will capture the voice signal regardless of what direction the head is turned.

2 - Deactivation:

To turn "off" the transmitter, hold the "power/muting" button for 3 seconds.  The transmitter will then turn "off"

Note:  Please be sure to turn “off” the microphone when not in use, in order to save battery life and not cause issues for the next user.

3 - Muting:

To mute the microphone, while the transmitter is "on", press the "power/muting" button once and the "audio" light on the top right of the transmitter will light "orange" thus confirming that the microphone is now muted.  To un-mute, press the "power/muting" button again. The orange "audio" light will then turn off.  The microphone is now un-muted.

4 - Volume:

You may adjust the volume at the podium volume controls, either through a touch-panel, flip-top button controller, or remote button controller.  All microphone audio can be adjusted by the podium audio controls.  For more information, please see the "room set-up" page of the room instructions.  

Note:  Please do not attempt to adjust the gain levels or any other functions on the microphone transmitter, this will adversely affect amplification and operation of the microphone system.  

Issues, questions, or urgent assistance please contact OIT Operations desk at 713-348-4989.