Educational Technology

Smart Podium Classrooms

  • You will need a Key to unlock the Smart Podium, please contact us at 610-796-5606 or email edtech@alvernia.edu 
  • Locate the Touch Panel on the Smart Podium and tap the screen with your finger to bring up the control options
  • Tap START then Power ON button to turn on the Ceiling Mounted LCD Projector
  • Power on the Monitor and the Computer, wait until the login screen appears on the monitor
  • Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to login with your username and password (Old Username Format: first 5 letters of last name + first 2 letters of firstname, New Username Format: first 4 letters of your lastname + last 6 digits of ID)
  • Push appropriate video source button to project to the screen: PC(Computer inside the podium),LAPTOP(Portable Laptop),VCR(inside the podium) DVD(inside the podium),DCAM(Elmo digital overhead, inside the podium)
  • Push VolUp, VolDown to control the sound from PC,DVD/VCR. Keep in mind that the PC volume can be controlled separately via the computer sound mixer
  • Push Help to send a classroom help request.
  • 3rd party equipment is supported (iPod, Laptop,Digital Camera). Locate additional cables on top of the Podium.
  • For help and technology training contact us at 610-796-5606 or email edtech@alvernia.edu 
  • Please remember to TURN OFF all technology devices after use.

Classrooms with a SMARTBoard

  • If the SMARTBoard does not respond to touch or gestures, locate and push the bottom reset switch (not the upper one) on the side of the SMARTBoard. You will need a paper clip or a pen.
  • Push Keyboard and Right Click buttons on the SMARTBoard simultaneously to Orient the SMARTBoard for best accuracy. Use SMARTPens to align the board.

Traditional Computer Classrooms
  • Locate the Wall Control Unit and press POWER to turn on the Ceiling Mounted LCD Projector
  • Turn on the Monitor and the Computer, wait until the login screen appears on the monitor
  • Locate and turn on the grey VGA Switch. The switch has three white buttons on it; they are labeled for appropriate video sources. 1. PC 2. ELMO(if available) 3. Laptop
  • To project from the DVD/VCR, press Source, Input or Video button on the Wall Control Unit (certain classrooms may have either source, input or video button installed). Wait until you see the video on the screen.  
  • Use supplied Computer Speakers to control the sound volume. Turn on and and adjust the volume on the speakers directly for computer and DVD/VCR playback
  • Classrooms with speakers in the ceiling are controlled with installed sound amplifier inside the computer desk. Turn on the sound amplifier and adjust labeled volume knobs accordingly.
  • If you bring your own laptop, set the grey VGA Switch button to 3. Press FN+(F5,F6,F7 or F8 depending on a laptop model) to switch to mirror mode presentation.
  • Please remember to TURN OFF all technology devices after use.

Quick Troubleshooting Smart Podium Classrooms
  • If there is no sound from the computer, verify if sound is not muted on the computer itself, then verify if sound is not muted on the touch panel
  • If there is no video or sound projecting to the LCD projector, Push appropriate input source on the Touch Panel
  • Report Lamp Hour warnings displayed on the screen to edtech@alvernia.edu  or call 610-796-5606

Quick Troubleshooting Traditional Computer Classrooms
  • If there is no sound from the computer, verify if sound is not muted on the computer itself, then verify if speakers are turned on and volume knobs are turned up.
  • If there is no video projecting to the LCD projector, press Source, Input, Computer or Video on the Wall Control Box until you see an image on the screen.
  • Check if the the grey VGA box is turned on and set to 1 for PC, 2 for Elmo, 3 for Laptop
  • Report Lamp Hour warnings displayed on the screen to edtech@alvernia.edu  or call 610-796-5606

And one more thing,

Remember to TURN OFF all technology devices after use.