Active Learning Classroom

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System Overview

The Active Learning Classroom in the URI Carothers Library consists of an instructor's worktable and nine student tables/workstations.  

There are nine large LCD flat panel displays mounted on the wall near each student worktable.
The students can use the flat panels to display laptops and other mobile devices via the Apple TV or AirMedia mentioned above.
Below each of these flat panel displays, there is a wall mounted key pad that allows a student to turn the display on and off, as well as provide access to the Apple TV and AirMedia sources.

The faculty workstation also has a dedicated instructor AirMedia collaboration device, which can be routed to any display in the room.
In addition, there is a document camera, bluray player and HDMI, VGA or Display Port connections for a laptop.
All room devices are controlled by the touch screen.


Robert M. Carothers Library, Room 166 (map)

Room Layout


Seating Capacity: 55

Students: 54


For additional information about this equipment, please contact:

Classroom Media Assistance

For equipment training, please contact:
Mary Fetherston

For pedagogical training, please contact:
Josh Caulkins


Eric Kaldor

Electronic Access

electronic access lock

This room is is equipped with electronic access (a card-swipe lock).

Test your card at least one business day prior to your first class meeting. If your card does not work, contact Richard D'Andrea, 4-4060 or

To swipe in, insert your card face side up, with the magnetic strip facing down and to the left. Pull the card out when you see the lock flash green.

The door will remain unlocked until it is locked with a card swipe. Please lock the door after each class because the subsequent class may be cancelled.

Wireless Internet Access

This room has three wireless access points inside the room. This should provide sufficient wireless access for the room laptops and any mobile devices the students might have.

If you are bringing your own laptop, and have not used the URI_Secure wireless network in the past, please be sure to test out your laptop before class starts.
Some manufacturers have special programs or settings that control wireless, or your machine may have a physical button that needs to be selected.

If you have never used your laptop on the URI network, you will be asked to download and install and electronic policy key. You probably don't want to do this during class time as it can be time consuming, so connect your laptop in your office first and get this step out of the way. If you have any problems, please call the Help Desk at 874-4357 or visit them on the lower level of the Kingston Library (LL19).

TurningPoint Technologies Channel for this Classroom

Channel 56

Instructor Equipment

ALC PC.jpeg

At the Instructor workstation:

  • Touchscreen for instructor use with connected Mac mini
  • HDMI and VGA connectors if you wish to use your own laptop
  • Fliptop power center
  • RCA Connections for VCR or Video Camera
  • Document Camera
  • Blu-ray Player

The workstation has a flip-top power center with a outlet for a laptop and RCA connections for a VCR or Video Camera should you chose to bring one. Additionally, VCRs and video cameras can be checked out in Classroom Media Assistance on the Lower Level of the Kingston Library (LL4).

On the right side of the workstation is the touchscreen to control the classroom equipment. Function keys, such as control of the Blu-ray Player, are context sensitive and will not appear unless that option (Blu-ray) is selected

Mounted on the ceiling above the instructor workstation is the document camera. As described below, it is situated to project a square area of the workstation. To see which area is used for the document camera, simply select and power on the camera. The focal area will be lighted from above.

Default Touchscreen at Instructor Workstation

Starting the System

When you first enter the Active Learning Classroom, the touchscreen may be black. If so, tap it once lightly to pull up the default touchscreen.

Tap it again to bring up the room controls.

Instructor Touchscreen Controls

Control Screen Layout:

  • Top row: status of Table LCDs-- on or off. Black /Red is Off. Green is On.
  • Left side: display area for whatever source is selected.
  • Right side of display area: available sources (in black).
  • Under the display and spanning to the right side: Tables as destinations for projection sources.
  • Right side of the yellow table buttons: two blue buttons to send a source to all displays or to send a source to the speaker system.

The color sequences make it easier to remember the controls. Black sources (e.g., podium HDMI) to yellow destinations (table flatscreens)

If you want your students to see a demonstration from the Podium Laptop, choose that source from the black buttons to the right of the display area on the touchscreen.
Then use the All Displays blue button to forward the image to all flatscreens.


  1. The Room Computer is the laptop connected on the work instructor's station. It contains all the same programs as the laptops at the student tables.
  2. Please ensure that the HDMI cable labeled Podium Computer remains connected to the installed laptop at the instructor's station.

Hooking Up Your Laptop

Laptop Hook-up at Instructor Workstation

If you choose to bring in a personal laptop, you can connect it to the room equipment suite using either the Display Port, HDMI or VGA cable on the Instructor Workstation. On the top of the workstation, there is an electrical outlet for your computer's AC adapter. You can find this in the flip-top cable and power cubby. The cubby has no ethernet cable so, if you need an Internet connection, you will need to have a laptop capable of wireless internet.

Once you have your laptop hooked up to the system using either the Display Port, HDMI or VGA cable, you can select that connection on the Instructor Touchscreen using one of the buttons circled in the image below.

Instructor Touchscreen Controls

You can send the laptop image to all displays (using the ALL DISPLAYS button (blue) at the end of the yellow row of Table Outputs or you can send it to just specific table flatscreens by pressing the Display icon (yellow) for the Tables where you want the laptop image sent.

N.B. Projection Sources are black icons and Projection Destinations are yellow icons.

Projecting From A Mobile Device

If you want to project a portable mobile device such as an iPad, iPod, iPhone, Surface or any Android device, you can choose either the Podium AirMedia or, fro Apple Devices only, Podium AppleTV. The AppleTV connection will allow more functionality with your Apple Devices allowing you to use Applications that may not project through the AirMedia device.

Projecting from a Mobile Device Using AirMedia

AirMedia selected at Instructor Touchscreen

To connect to the flatscreen using AirMedia and a mobile device, you must first navigate to the App Store for your device, and then download the AirMedia App. This will have to be done every session as the App is updated frequently. Luckily, downloading ad installing the App is very fast!

Once you have installed the App, open it. On the Instructor Touchscreen, select the Podium AirMedia as shown in the image on the right.

The monitor will now display an IP address and code.

Put the IP Address in where prompted by the App, then enter the code. You will now be connected to the screen.

Projecting from a Mobile Device Using AppleTV

Select Podium AppleTV from the available sources

The AppleTV devices installed in this remote can be used to project your Apple mobile device to any of the displays. The advantage of AppleTV over AirMedia is that it allows you to use many of the applications you have installed on your Apple Device. With AirMedia, you can only display videos or photos.

To connect to the AppleTV, you must have Bluetooth enabled on your Apple Device (Settings-> Bluetooth).

1. Select the Podium AppleTV option on the instructor touchscreen.

2. Select the blue option for ALL DISPLAYs at the end of the row of yellow destination buttons. This will automatically power on all the flatscreens.

Airplay on a iPhone 6

3. If Bluetooth is enabled, swipe up from the bottom of your device's touchscreen and select Airplay. Airplay will display all possible Bluetooth/Apple connections available in the room.

4. Find and select the Instructor AppleTV device.

5. Select mirroring.

6. When prompted, type in the code shown on the touchscreen to pair your device.

Using the Document Camera

Ceiling-mounted document camera above Instructor's Workstation

A document camera has been ceiling-mounted above the Instructor's Workstation. It can be activated from the Instructor's Touchscreen.

1. Select the Document Camera from the last column of sources on the touchscreen. Remember-sources are black and destinations are yellow.

Document Camera Controls

2. A control menu will appear at the bottom of the touchscreen.

3. Press Power. The Document Camera will illuminate the surface of the Instructor Workstation which can be used for projection.

4. Place your source material/model within the illuminated area, then use the buttons on the Touchscreen as needed.

Instructor's Touchscreen with Document Camera circled

Using the BluRay Player

Instructor Workstation Blu-Ray Player

The Blu-ray Player is located in the left cabinet of the Instructor Workstation. (It is very small and easy to over look.)


  1. The Blu-ray Player has a very small open/shut button to the right of the disk tray. To insert a disk, push the open/shut button, put in the disk and then push the button again to close the tray.
  2. Select the Blu-ray Player from the Instructor's Touchscreen.
  3. Send Source to All Displays use the blue button.
  4. The controls to play, fast forward, reverse, skip chapters, and pause appear on the Instructor Touch Screen when the Blu-Ray player is selected.
Touch Screen with Blu-Ray Player Selected
Close-up of Blu-Ray Player Controls

The cursor arrows are used to navigate the menu options with the Select/"ok" button in the middle. If at any time you need to return to the Top Menu (such as to choose subtitles, there is a Top Menu button provided.

Using the Video Inputs

The power and cable cubby on the of the Instructor's workstation also houses inputs for a video source. Cameras or VCRs with RCA (red, white and yellow) inputs can be used with this system.

Video Inputs in Instructor Workstation Cable Cubby
Podium Video Selection on Instructor's Touchscreen


1. Hook up your camera or VCR using RCA cables (yellow to yellow input, red to red input, and white to white input).

2. If your device requires power (not-battery operated), connect the device to the power outlet in the cable cubby next.

3. Select Podium Video from Instructor Touchscreen.

No controls will appear on the touchscreen--all control of the device (play, fast forward, etc. ) must be done on that unit.

Tables using AirMedias or Apple TVs independently (group work)

There are three steps to set-up the students to work independently in their groups using the flatscreens with either the AirMedia or AppleTV devices.

  1. Power to the flatscreens
  2. Associating the source (AirMedia or AppleTV) to the flatscreen
  3. Connecting the laptop/mobile device to the AirMedia or AppleTV

Power and Source can be achieved two different ways:

1. The instructor sends the AirMedia or AppleTV to the flatscreens using the instructor touchscreen by selecting Table AirMedias or Table AppleTVs and then selecting the blue All Displays button.
2. The students turning on the power to the flatscreens using the control buttons mounted on the wall underneath each flatscreen and then selecting AirMedia or AppleTV on that same button panel.

The directions for connecting the laptop/mobile device are located below in the Student section of this article.

Volume Control

Using the Room Microphones

Body Pack for wireless microphone

There are two types of microphones in the room. A gooseneck microphone on the podium and wireless microphones in the right cabinet of the Instructor's Workstation.

The gooseneck microphone is always on.

If you want to use one of the wireless mics,

  1. Get the microphone out of the right-side cabinet and remove from pouch. (Please put pouch and mic back into cabinet when done.)
  2. Turn on the on/off at the top of the unit
  3. Clip the microphone onto your collar/shirt/blouse.
  4. Put the body pack in a pocket or clipped onto your clothing or in a pocket so it will not fall.

Adjusting Volume

Volume control for the room system is done through the Instructor Touchscreen.
These controls are on the left of the touchscreen and there are separate controls for program audio and speech audio.

Program audio is generated from the podium sources such as blu-ray player, instructor laptop, or any mobile device used with the podium AirMedia or AppleTV. So is you want to increase the volume for a YouTube video playing on your laptop, you would use the Program Audio controls.

Speech audio is generated from the podium microphone or the wireless mics in the right cabinet of the Instructor Workstation.

Student Equipment

student tables with laptops

At each student worktable, there are:

  • Three laptops
  • Six headphone jacks
  • A flatscreen with control buttons on the wall below it
  • A whiteboard with markers kept in a small container on the wall.

Using the Flatscreens

The students can connect to the flatscreens with either the provided laptops or using their personal mobile devices. The flatscreen connection can be established through either the Crestron AirMedia device or, if the device is an Apple product, through the Apple Airplayfunction on their mobile device and the installed AppleTV.

Student Tables are each equipped with a flatscreen monitor

The directions for using either the AirMedia or AppleTV are listed in separate sections below.

Connecting to the Flat Screens using Mobile Devices with AirMedia

Using the Provided Laptops

Touch button control for each flatscreen

To connect to the flatscreen using Crestron AirMedia and a room laptop, the student or instructor must select the AirMedia. If the Instructor selects AirMedia, then the flatscreens will automatically power on.


1. Using the control panel underneath the flat screen, select "Power On" and "AirMedia."
Touch button control for each flatscreen
2. Once the flat screen displays the AirMedia web address and code for that flat screen, open a browser, navigate to that website, download and run the application installer.

The application must be installed on each use because it is frequently updated by the manufacturer.

3. Open the AirMedia application.

4. When prompted, put the four-digit code displayed on the screen into the application

AirMedia Application as it appears on a laptop

To relinquish control of the screen to someone else in the group, the student should select the menu icon from the right side of the AirMedia application. From the menu, choose EXIT. The AIrMedia start screen will then appear with the IP address and a new four-digit code.

Students can also share the flatscreen by dividing it into quadrants for projection. The student should select the menu icon from the right side of the AirMedia application. From the menu, choose Quadrant and then choose which portion of the screen where he/she wants to project an image.

Windows AirMedia Installer

Using Personal Mobile Devices

To connect to the flatscreen using Crestron AirMedia and a personal mobile device, the student must first go to the App Store for his/her device (Apple, Google, etc.), search for, download, and install the AirMedia Application.

After the App is installed, the student should open it and enter the IP code on the flatscreen. This IP address only appears if the instructor or student has AirMedia for that table. The IP address remains on the screen for about five minutes and then disappears. If the student has not accessed the web address by then, there is a laminated page on each table with the valid IP addresses for the room's AirMedias.

Once the student attempts to access the AirMedia it will ask for a code. The code is randomized for each event.

To control the screen use, the students should use yhr icon in the upper right of the application window to either show just one device or show up to four devices on the flatscreen.

Connecting to the Flat Screens using Mobile Devices with AppleTV

Touch button control for each flatscreen--AppleTV is the second button down on the right side.

To find Airplay on an Apple mobile device, swipe up.

To connect to the flatscreen using AppleTV, the instructor or student must first select that option. The instructor can select it on the workstation touchscreen and this will automatically power on the flatscreen. If the student is going to select the AppleTV, he/she must first turn the flatscreen power on and then select AppleTV using the buttons underneath the flatscreen.

To access the AppleTV connection, the student must have Bluetooth enabled on their Apple Device (Settings-> Bluetooth). If that is enabled, he/she can swipe up from the bottom of their device touchscreen and select Airplay. Airplay will the display all possible connections in the room. Once they select the approprite AppleTV device, they should select mirroring and then type in the code shown onscreen to pair their device.

Troubleshooting AppleTV Connections

If your Apple mobile device is not seeing any/all the AppleTV connections, power off the device and then turn it back on.

It should now be able to scan all the available AppleTV connections.

Additional Room Details

Classroom Information

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