Teaching and Learning Spaces

Glossary of Classroom Features





Data Projector and Screen Each classroom outfitted with a data projector is paired with a screen or projectable surface. Instructors or students can connect to the projector and present information to others on the screen.

Many classrooms feature microphones for instructors and students. There are many types of microphones, as featured in this image.


(1) A student Catchbox microphone that once turned on, can be easily moved around the room for students to speak into. It is best used for collaborative activities.

(2) A handheld microphone, which an individual holds to magnify their voice. Most useful for instructors who do not need their hands free when presenting. The handheld microphone is also passed around the room for students to respond to questions when there is no student Catchbox.

(3) A lapel microphone (also known as a LAV, lavalier or instructor microphone) includes an audio pack and a clip to be fixed to clothing as an individual presents. The setup allows for an individual to have their hands free when presenting while still having their voice magnified.


Podiums help instructors and students present material on the data projector. At the podium, the individual can control the audio and video elements of their presentation.


(1) A full podium, which in this case showcases a computer and document camera. Note that not all full podiums include computers.

(2) A wall (palm) podium, which has a connection port and controls for audio and video.

Document Camera

A document camera, once turned on, projects the surface beneath it through the data projector. This is particularly useful for individuals who seek to use short, written examples or illustrate points in a presentation by manipulating small objects or photographs. It allows the audience to see a small surface on a larger screen.


(1) A full podium with a computer to provide access to technology in the classroom.

(2) A document camera which can magnify objects on the data projector.

Lecture Capture

Lecture Capture technology allows instructors to capture the images the projector shows to the classroom along with the audio captured by the microphone. By inserting a USB into the console, instructors can record this information (though not their image or face during the lecture) and upload it for later use. To learn more about using classroom lecture capture, visit:


Crestron AirMedia

Crestron AirMedia is a wireless presentation software which makes presenting in classrooms easier and more seamless for instructors and students alike. Individuals can connect their computers to the console wirelessly to present on different data projectors throughout the room.

To present using AirMedia, select the AirMedia option on the control panel (if available in your classroom) and follow the Instructions and IP address that appear on the projection screen. 

Connection Types

There are a variety of laptop connections that certain technology require to work effectively in the classroom. The most frequent connection types are:


(1) HDMI

(2) VGA

(3) Mini-Display Port

Flexible Seating Chairs Flexible seating chairs afford students and instructors the opportunity to change the layout of the room to best accommodate for collaborative or interactive activities. These chairs feature tablet arms that students can use as writing surfaces.
Loose Chairs with Wheels Loose chairs with wheels allow for more flexibility in organizing students in the classroom. In addition to comfort, these chairs help students remain collaborative, flexible and mobile.
Tablet Arms Tablet arms help students write when there is no table in front of their seat. These are more frequently fold-out tablet arms in lecture halls and auditoriums.
Movable Tables with Wheels These movable tables with wheels allow for temporary adjustments in classroom layouts for collaborative or interactive teaching. Students and instructors can move the tables to facilitate new orientations that promote engagement and team-based learning.
Accessible Podium

Accessible podiums come in many configurations to facilitate different classroom spaces.


(1) This accessible podium provides a wheelchair-accessible section which individuals can access to enable use of the presenting space. Note that not all podiums have built-in computers.

(2) This height-adjustable podium allows for full connectivity and use of the podium space with improved accessibility. Individuals can adjust and alter the podium to suit their needs, affording them the opportunity to utilize the full capabilities of the classroom's technology. Note that not all podiums have built-in computers.