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Classroom for Innovation & Research – Resource Guide

Classroom Capture

Classroom capture refers to software installed on the classroom computer that allows an instructor to record screen (and audio if a microphone is used) during a live presentation. The presentation is then uploaded as an .mp4 to an instructor’s video library for students to view online. Boise State University uses TechSmith Relay to capture classroom presentations.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • When you record your classroom presentations, you provide students with a great tool for learning. Students can refer back to your videos to review information that was presented in class. This is especially useful when studying for a test or exam.
  • Recorded video lectures are also useful for students who may not speak English as their primary language. If they struggle understanding an instructor in class, they can refer to the recorded presentations and view them at their own pace.
  • Classroom capture is a great feedback tool for you to use. You can look back upon past presentations and see areas where you can improve your class instruction.

See Also “Video Resources at Boise State


Document Camera

A document camera (or doc cam) is a camera mounted on a lectern so that it faces the surface of the lectern and is used to display an object (flat or three-dimensional) to a large audience. Most objects are simply placed under the camera and the image is projected onto the projector screen.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Use it to focus on small details of an object that an entire class may not be able to see normally.
  • Show real-time annotations made to physical documents.
  • You can eliminate having to make multiple paper copies of a document to hand out to all your students. With a doc cam, you only need one copy to share with the entire class.
  • Use the doc cam to take photos of student work, which you can then upload onto the computer to view or share with others.

See also “5 Ways to Use a Document Camera in the Classroom.”


Flexible Seating

Flexible seating refers to rearranging the furniture and space in the classroom to have a more dynamic layout, so that the redesigned space can support  more active learning and student engagement.

Some effective pedagogical uses are: 

  • Reorient from a teacher focused lecture-style set up to a whole group discussion or collaborative work in small groups.
  • Increase interaction between students and instructor by making it easier for both to move about the room.
  • Use such technology as mobile devices and cloud services to help students connect electronically and share information with one another.

See also “Rethinking the Classroom: Spaces Designed for Active and Engaged Learning and Teaching” and “How Classroom Design Affects Engagement.”


Huddle Boards

Huddle Boards are small white or dry erase boards that can be placed on a track for exploring larger concepts one component at a time. In addition, these boards can be used in a stand-alone fashion to express, collect and condense small group/team work ideas.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • As a class presentation method, with multiple boards to show the relationship between concepts or as single boards.
  • As single board for each student or group of students (team) to capture their ideas and then used to show the rest of the class.
  • As a replacement for large paper pads. Flipping from one side to another.



iClickers, our Student Response System for the university, consists of a group of small wireless devices which the student obtain from online sources or Bronco Tech.  The device have a limited number of buttons and an LCD screen for which the students select answers to questions proposed by the instructor (usually multiple choice and true/false).  iClicker-Cloud is an app that students purchase and load on their own portable device (phone, tablet and/or laptop) and will also answer a broader number of question types (short/long answer, image annotation, etc.).  

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Simple LMS integrations allows the instructor to upload grades to Blackboard.
  • Student single sign-on ensures that all student data syncs ,even when students enter their names or IDs incorrectly.
  • Facilitate active learning activities. Ask polling questions on the fly. Complete quizzes with mobile devices or clickers and grade in minutes.
  • Students can leave class with every question you ask to be used as a study guide. You can also choose to provide students with the correct answers and control when students receive the study guide.
  • Use GPS technology to ensure that students are attending class. No more attendance codes that can be easily shared via text.

See also “iClicker-Cloud” and “Student Response System” and “iClicker Cloud Instructor Guide



iPads are tablet computers that can shoot video, take photos, play music, and perform Internet functions such as web-browsing and emailing. Games, reference, navigation, and social networking can also be enabled through apps. ILC 313 has a set of 20 iPads available for student use during class time.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Use iPads to share interactive presentations with students.(Suggested app: Nearpod).
  • Engage students with interactive and visual note taking (Suggested app: Notability).
  • Encourage collaboration with interactive whiteboards and share documents (Suggested app: Baiboard, Google Docs).

See also “Mobile Learning

Note: The iPads in ILC 313 come preinstalled with apps for your students to use. Students should not use their personal Apple IDs to install apps. If you would like other apps installed on the iPads, please contact the CTL and we will be more than happy to install them for you.


Large Paper Flip Charts

A flip chart consists of a series of large pieces of paper which are attached at the top and which are used to present information to an audience by turning over one piece of paper at a time.
Present information visually during presentations.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Demonstrate graphics, diagrams, and flowcharts.
  • Active learning activities like group work, think-pair-share.

See also “11 Tips for Using Flip Charts More Effectively.”


Multimedia Lectern/Creston Control Panel

The Multimedia Lectern and the Creston Control Panel consists of a touch screen that facilitates the Audio/visual components in the classroom lectern. Control the room with a wide selection of devices for you to choose from; the lectern computer, Doc Cam, optional laptop and wireless projection (Solstice).  In addition to screen position, volume, including audio mute and complete A/V mute.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Mute all A/V with A/V mute to pause your lecture and provide a point of clarity to your students.
  • Use multiple means of A/V to express concepts to your students in more than one way.
  • Allow your students to present in ways that are best suited to them.

See also “5 benefits of multimedia learning.


Smart Board

An Interactive Smart Board may also be referred to as an interactive whiteboard, for which the supplied colored styluses should only be used.  The mechanism here uses an interactive touch screen technology that connects to a projector and the room’s computer to significantly improve the overall presentation experience.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Interact and actively engage with content on the “touch screen” allowing increased exploration of complex models and concepts.
  • The colored styluses can me used to create drawings, annotate important information and may also be applied in group work.
  • Save and share content/images via Blackboard, email, etc.
  • Access a variety of content/media in one location.



Web conferencing allows you to conduct an audio and video conversation over the Internet with anyone not physically present in the classroom. There are many web conferencing tools that you can use, such as Google Hangouts, Skype, Blackboard Collaborate, and Zoom. All of them will utilize the webcam that is connected to the classroom computer.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Use it to record yourself while giving a presentation over the classroom computer. You can use tools such as Camtasia or TechSmith Relay to accomplish this.
  • Use it along with Camtasia or TechSmith Relay to record student presentations. Note: you may need to attach a longer USB cord to the webcam if you want it closer to the student.
  • Web-conference with a expert in your subject’s field, allowing your students to interact and gain a wider perspective on ideas and concepts in your course.

Also see “Top 60 Uses for USB Webcams[in the classroom]


Window Shades

Windows can either encourage learning or distract from it.  And if there’s one thing you don’t need, it’s more distraction. The window shades within ILC 313 can be raised or lowered to control the amount of sunlight entering into the classroom.

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Adjusting the window shades as necessary to help your students view the projection screen, Smartboard and whiteboards throughout the classroom
  • Moderating the temperature in the classroom so it does not get uncomfortable for an effective learning environment.
  • Capturing the best natural light and minimizing glare, which can help keep your students alert, energized, and happy.

Note: The switch for operating the shades is located in the back storage room of ILC 313. It is the left toggle switch on the light switch panel. Pressing up on the switch will raise the window shades, while pressing down on the switch will lower the shades. If you toggle the switch to the middle position, the shades will stop moving.

Wireless Presentation

A small device or software on or connected to the classroom computer. Running off of an app, this technology allows for the instructor to be “untethered” from the lectern and “tour” the classroom while lecturing. Also, allows for students to display images, sites, video and other web based media, at the discretion of the instructor. 

Some effective pedagogical uses are:

  • Takes the idea of “hand raising” to the next level, allowing the students to find and display media related to the concept being talked about in class.
  • Moves the “Sage on Stage” into the classroom, giving the instructor more freedom to talk directly to a student with a question, prompting higher engagement from the students and allows for more of a “learning facilitator” role then droning lecturer.
  • You will need a Solstice password, please contact the CTL or IDEA Shop to receive a password.

See Also “Solstice Quickstart


Classroom Support: If classroom support is needed at any time during the semester please e-mail or phone Judith Todd at 208.426.4610