How do I use the touch panels in multimedia equipped classrooms?

Overview

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All multimedia equipment in UI technology classrooms is controlled via touch panel.  Most of these panels are capacitive, which means they require far less pressure to operate but do not function while wearing gloves.

The AMX 7 inch touch panels are the standard control interface for the classroom equipment.
Photo of the touch panel at the login screen

Touch the panel to begin using the multimedia equipment.

The touch panel Start screen.
Screenshot of the touch panel start screen

You will be brought to the Main page when you Touch the screen to begin. The top row of buttons are controls. The bottom row selects which source should be sent to the projection system. The projector controls will automatically be displayed in the center of the screen. The example below indicates the projector is waiting to be turned on.

This is the main page for the touch panel. It allows access to all the controls for the system.The Main touch panel page will allow navigation to all controls for the system.

Main page controls

If the projector is already on then the On button will be grayed out and the options to either turn the projector off or mute the video is enabled.

The projector controls change based on whether the projector is powered on or off.The projector or LCD controls will be displayed automatically.

When the video is muted the projector will project a black image. The Video mute button’s background will blink red as a reminder the video is muted. Another press of the button will restore the video of the currently selected source.

The red background of the Video Mute button means that it is enabled and the projector is displaying a black image.The Video Mute button's background will blink orange and gray when the video is muted.

Classrooms with wireless microphones have dual volume controls, otherwise a single volume control will be displayed. The program and microphone volume controls are Mute- and +. The mute button backgrounds will flash red when active. Pushing the mute button again will un-mute the program audio or microphone. Increasing or decreasing the volume will also un-mute the audio.

The volume controls on the Main Page of the touch panel. Not all classrooms will have the microphone volume controls.The volume may not always have the microphone controls but the main volume will always be available.

The Screen button is present in classrooms that allow control of the projection screen from the touch panel. The UpDown, and Stop buttons mirror the controls on the wall switch located in every classroom.

Some classrooms allow the raising or lowering of the projection screen from the touch panel.If available, these are the projection screen controls.

Some classrooms have the ability to control the room lighting via the touch panel. These buttons mirror the wall switch controls in the room.

Some classrooms allow the control of the room lights from the touch panel.If available, the lighting controls are provided on the panel and mimic the wall switches.

If you are experiencing an issue with the classroom equipment, press the eHelp button to open a keyboard. Type in a short description of the issue and press Send. If you are logged into the classroom Windows PC, your user name is automatically filled in. If not, please press in the Username field and type in your NetID before sending your help message.

Use the eHelp button to enter and send a help message to the TSP's.Screenshot of the touch screen displaying the eHelp message window.

 

Every instructor is required to shut down the system after their class period has ended. The control system will automatically log the computer off 15 seconds after the touch panel has exited. The projector video will be muted. If another instructor does not start the system within 15 minutes, all classroom equipment will be turned off, including the projector. Please leave the projector on for the next instructor.

The system will ask if you want to shut down. Please save any changes made and remove all media before accepting.A confirmation is required to shut down the system.

Source Selection

Classroom sources are located on the bottom of the main page. The page to the left indicates that the PC is the current source displayed on the projector. When a source is selected on the touch panel, a subpage is displayed with additional controls.

The green button background on the bottom row will indicate what the projector is displaying.The currently displayed source will be indicated by a green background.

Subpage Controls

If desired, the audio being played can be from a different source than the video being displayed on the projector. This can be accomplished by pressing the Audio select button. This will then display a window that will indicate the current audio source in green and allow a new source to be chosen. If a new source is selected to be displayed on the projector the audio will automatically be set to that source.

You can change the audio played through the classroom speakers. It will default to the same device that is displaying video.
Screenshot of the touch panel displaying the select audio source window.

On all sources except the PC, the video on the monitor can be changed from the current source to the PC and back again. To accomplish this press the Monitor select button and it will bring up the two options in a window.

At any time, you can bring up the PC on the lectern monitor only while showing the selected source to the class.
Screenshot of the touch panel displaying the "select source to show on the monitor" window.

The Monitor select is replaced on the PC subpage by the Display mode button. This will allow you to use the Presenter View in PowerPoint to view the notes for the presentation while displaying the presentation to the class. You must be logged on to the computer to use this option.

PowerPoint's presenter view can be used on the classroom systems, but the control is through the touch panel.
Screenshot of the touch panel displaying the "PC monitor mode" window.

PC subpage

The classroom computer has the same software as any of the Student Computing Labs on campus.

The PC control page.
Screenshot of the PC control page in the touch panel.

Document camera subpage

The physical controls on the document camera have been disabled. The camera zoom and light controls are along the bottom of the touch panel page. The Reset button is provided to reset all the settings on the document camera to default and can correct some issues experienced during usage.

The document camera control page.
Screenshot of the touch panel document camera control page.

Blu-ray player subpage

Many of the blu-ray controls will be unavailable and thus grayed out until a disc is read by the player.

The blu-ray control page. Most controls are not available until a disc is read.
Screenshot of the touch screen's blu-ray control page.

Once a disc has been read, full functionality of the player is available. Basic controls are aligned along the bottom of the panel and menu navigation and more advanced controls are on the right of the screen. Please remember to remove your disc before you log off the touch panel as the player will be turned off at that time.

All controls will be available when a disc is inserted into the player.Screenshot of the touch screen blu-ray controls available after a disc is inserted.

HDMI input subpage

Please use the HDMI button for any device that is outputting HDMI, DisplayPort or Thunderbolt. An adapter will be needed for DisplayPort and Thunderbolt to HDMI.

The HDMI control page.
Screenshot of the HDMI touch panel page.

 

Analog input subpage

The Analog input can accept VGA video and 3.5mm (mini/headphone) analog stereo audio.

The Analog control page.
Sreenshot of the VGA touch panel page.

 

Details

Article ID: 904
Created
Thu 6/21/18 2:27 PM
Modified
Thu 8/22/19 8:41 AM