How to Spruce Up Your Computer Lab Without Breaking Your Budget
Mark Frydenberg Bentley University
How can you fix up your campus learning spaces without spending a lot of money? This workshop will share examples of free or low-cost display options, projection solutions, and digital signage techniques to improve classrooms and informal learning spaces. Learn to make a video wall running off of a $100 graphics card, design an augmented reality campus tour that runs on smartphones, and check out new, inexpensive devices to connect to displays you already own.
Through videos of actual installations at Bentley University in Waltham, MA, and live product demonstrations, this workshop will showcase these technology enhancements and provide product/equipment lists and cost estimates. Mark will offer lessons learned and discuss considerations to keep in mind when designing or upgrading technology-enabled learning spaces. With these suggestions and ideas from those in attendance, participants will be able to recommend upgrades for their learning spaces at their own institutions.
1. Participants will be able to identify low-cost display, digital signage, and projection options for upgrading learning spaces.
2. Participants will be able to recognize considerations and concerns when planning upgrades to their technology-enabled campus learning spaces.
3. Participants will be able to recommend upgrades for their learning spaces based on the suggestions offered from the presenters and participants in this session.
1. Display Options
a. Screen Sharing
i. use of large monitors for group collaboration
ii. screen sharing
1. join me
2. wireless hdmi display card (replacing with Microsoft wireless display adapter)
i. interactive wall
ii. portable document camera to show mobile devices (Mark’s IPEVO)
iii. 2x2 Video wall
2. Digital Signage
a. computer sticks to power digital signage displays
b. customizing google apps to power digital signage content
c. aurasma for augmented reality campus tours
3. Concerns and Considerations
a. availability of power and data
b. ample wireless connectivity
c. usability (sight lines, adequate space)
d. training faculty and students to use these technologies
Bio: Mark Frydenberg is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and the Director of the CIS Sandbox, Bentley University's technology social learning space. His research focuses on learning with information and communication technologies, and teaching new technology. He is an author of Discovering Computers, published by Cengage Learning, and a member of the Campus Technology advisory board.
Targeted Attendees Any faculty member interested in improving computer lab facilities
Recommended Citation: Frydenberg, M., (2016). How to Spruce Up Your Computer Lab Without Breaking Your Budget. Proceedings of the EDSIG Conference, (2016) n.4167, Las Vegas, Nevada