The use of automated classrooms is one that may prove to be challenging especially with the people that are uncomfortable with computers. It is thereby essential that when the automated classes are being made to consider the use of technology that is easy to use for all the students. Programming has proved to be a nightmare to most students thus it should be avoided in automating the classrooms. The paper will highlight how classrooms can be automated with linear actuators in the most simpe and convenient way for both the instructors and the students
Now everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, because Texas A&M’s automated classrooms require no programming whatsoever. In fact, everything is designed to be very simple and easy to use. Once logged in using your NetID and password, you can turn on the projector, lower the screen, dim the lights, control speaker volume, and perform other tasks by simply selecting options on the classroom computer screen.
Automated classrooms let instructors concentrate on teaching, not on learning to operate complex technology. These classrooms feature a fixed overhead projector, screen, computer, built-in DVD player, and optional equipment such as a Smart Sympodium or document camera. Also installed is the AMX system hardware that enables instructors to easily operate the audio-visual equipment. Just as a home theater system can be controlled using one device instead of individual remotes for each component, the AMX system controls the classroom equipment through one interface.
The AMX system also allows the IMS technical support staff to remotely control and troubleshoot automated classrooms. From their offices, the IMS staff can access the room’s control system and try to fix the problem immediately without having to go to the classroom.