Teaching & Learning

Conestoga

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The Room

To view your particular room, find it in the Classroom Configuration app. Each room features 6 tables with 8 comfortable, swivel seats. Each table has a central station with outlets and USB ports.

Seating Configuration

When you enter the room, the chairs will likely be set up as rectangular table groups of 8 students. In 1D01 and 2D01, the tables accommodate 5 students. The chairs are movable so you can rearrange as suits your delivery and student comfort. The ends of the tables are very comfortable placements for two chairs as well. If you write on the side board, have the students who face away from it move their chairs to the ends of the tables so they maintain good sight lines and still have table space to work on.

If you need a lectern space for your notes, feel free to take up the end of the front middle table. Move any chairs to the opposite end, so you have your space.
If you have two groups of 4 at one table and they will be working on something for a prolonged period of time, it works best if one student moves to each end so that each group feels it has its own space and you can visit each group separately. Also remind students to be conscious of their volume level, as the groups will be in close proximity to one another.

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The Teaching Station

Each room has a teaching station (rather than a podium). Most rooms have the Standard Room toggle controls. Here you can access the computer, the volume, the mute button, the lighting, and the monitor. Learn more about the unique Extron controller in the 1D01, and 2D01 classrooms. HDMI cables are available to connect your personal laptop or you can learn below about the wireless display in the rooms.

The best place to be visible to students is between the two screens, near the door. If you periodically move around, remind the students that their chairs swivel so they can follow you. Avoid standing in the center of the tables as you would then have your back to a large part of the class. Go to the “back” of the room periodically as you then get up close with that section and everyone can swivel and see you just as well as at the front.

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The Monitor

Each room has an extendable arm for the computer keyboard and a touch screen monitor. The monitor sits on a pivot arm that can be swiveled around to your liking. It can be lowered or raised to suit any preferred height. The top of the keyboard tray can hold the weight of several books.

If you use the podium to present, remember that the monitor is touch interactive, so you can turn the screen toward the center of the room to present your slides. You can choose to either use the touch interactive monitor, or the touch interactive whiteboard for your presentations. When you need privacy, simply turn the monitor back to the window.

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The Whiteboards

Each room has a touch interactive whiteboard at the front and an additional screen on the side. The projection on the front screen (PowerPoint, document, interactive whiteboard etc.) also shows on the side screen. The side screen is not touch responsive.

Using the Interactive Whiteboard

Consult this support page (and find a handy printable guide) to get started using the features available with the interactive Whiteboard! The printed guide should also be available in your Active Learning classrooms.
Consider attending the workshops available via the Active Learning Classroom Orientation Workshop Series or request the series just for yourself!

Help! The Board Won’t Read my Touch!

  1. Be patient with the board! It may take more than one touch for the board to register your touch. Sometimes, holding your touch or tap for a heartbeat longer than you usually would, helps the board to perceive your touch.
  2. Use multiple fingers. Just using one pointed index finger to touch the board doesn’t give it much surface area to “read”, and can have the board guessing between your pointing finger and your folded-under thumb or knuckles. Instead, try tensing together a few fingers, and touching the board. Don’t fold other fingers in toward your palm – instead, flex them backward to keep them out of the way.
  3. Get comfortable switching between the pens and the mouse mode. These are the tools you will need most often, and remembering to switch between them can be tricky!
  4. To do a right click, just touch the board, and hold. After a few heartbeats (3 seconds) a circle will surround your touch point, and bring up the right click menu. Touch to select your choice.
  5. Practice! Give yourself time to practice using the board without an audience. Most teachers feel most proficient with these boards after 2 years of consistent use. Contact your Educational Technology Officer to find a time that suits you to practice in one of the rooms, to get one-to-one coaching on using the boards, and to ask any questions you might have.

Use Multiple Whiteboard Pages

Learn to use the whiteboard pages of the interactive whiteboard. Select the Whiteboard Mode, and use the icon with a plus sign to add more whiteboard pages to write on. Choose the icon to the left of this to see an index of all of your whiteboard pages. Easily duplicate whiteboard pages, and delete them. For more training in using your digital whiteboard, contact the Educational Technology Officer.

If the menu for the whiteboard mode is too tall for you to reach, either use the touch interactive monitor on the podium arm to do your annotation, or to set the bar at the bottom of the page.

mouse tray

The Mouse Tray

There are two mouse trays that slide out on the monitor base to accommodate both right and left handed users.

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The Lighting

Just to the right of the computer base, you can see a pad for the touch-screen lighting. With a swipe or a touch you can move from 50% to 100% lighting. The blinds can also be adjusted for the most suitable amount of daylight and to prevent glare.