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Equipment for Checkout

  • Projectors: The department has compact, light weight projectors that can be connected to the video output of almost any notebook computer. It can be signed out from the Math Library. You will need your student or staff ID. If you are going to use this, it would be a wise idea to try it in advance, both to make sure it works properly with your computer (very likely) and to see how you will have to rearrange the furniture in your classroom (also very likely!). One of the projectors has built in speakers and a DVD player. It also has two microphones which can be connected to it.
  • Video Adapters: The Math library also has an assortment of VGA video cables which can be used to connect a Macintosh computer or iPad to a projector.
  • Laptops: There are 2 Mac laptops and 1 PC laptop available for checkout. The Mac laptops use OS X and the Windows laptop uses Windows 7.

Projector Equipped Classrooms

Rooms B102, B130, B215, B223, B231, B239.

The rooms have conventional chalkboards but everything else is controlled through a touch panel on the stage. The screens are arranged so that you can project images, e.g. computer output, that your students can see at the same time that they see you and your writing on the chalkboards. You can control basic lighting, and use the chalkboards, with little special knowledge. There's a phone number on the podium for assistance. You can also contact Sara Nagreen at 263-7490.

You will need a passcode and a key to use the audio/visual system on the podiums. You'll need to go through a set of web-based training slides in order to get a passcode for the podium. [1] You can obtain a key for the podium by visiting Derek Dombrowski in room 373A Bascom Hall or stopping by the IT Coordinator's office (515 Van Vleck)

B102, B130, B215, B223, and B231 have electronic equipment which includes a “document camera” that replaces an overhead projector. The document camera can project from traditional transparencies or from written or printed material on non-transparent media. The document camera can be used with traditional transparencies as well as printed or hand-written material on paper, or sections from books or journals.

B102 and B130 have sound systems that allow speakers to use a mic to project sound to the entire room.

NOTE: The rooms with projection capability do not include a computer: If you wish to use a computer in this room you are expected to bring in a notebook computer and connect it to the equipment in the console. Laptops are also available for checkout in the Math Library.

Computer Classroom

B107: A computer classroom is maintained by the Math Dept. This classroom has 20 computer workstations (PCs running Windows 7), each of which can be shared by two students. It also has a computer at the front of the room for the instructor, and a projector so that students can see what is on the instructor’s screen. The students’ and instructor’s computers are connected to the internet. There is a B&W printer accessible from any of the computers.

There is a whiteboard, much of which is usable even while projecting computer output.

Software available in B107 includes:

  • MS Office 2013 (Word, Excel, Access)
  • Matlab
  • Maple
  • SketchPad

Please do not assume the room will be available on demand. Check ahead and sign up in Room 220! If you will be using it regularly for an extended period you can reserve it, e.g. for a certain time every Monday and Wednesday all semester, or you can sign up to use the room for just certain specified times. For technical information, see the Computer Administrator. For room reservations, see Sharon Paulson in 220 Van Vleck.

Other Equipment

  • Digital Camera: A still camera and a video camera are available for departmental use. Send e-mail to nagreen@math.wisc.edu if you want to use either one.
  • Other Equipment: Videotaping equipment, audio tape/ CD players, and other items are available from a couple of campus resources: The LSS (Learning Support Services) office of the College of Letters and Science (http://lss.wisc.edu/) has a AV pool for daily checkout.
  • Overhead Projectors: Several portable overhead projectors are available from the Receptionist. (The overhead projectors are the old-fashioned kind, not computer projectors.) Please reserve projectors in a timely fashion rather than assuming one will be available at the last minute. There is also a portable overhead projector in the storage closet (room 905) on the 9th floor which is convenient for use in the seminar rooms. The small lecture hall B239 has a permanently installed overhead projector.
  • Slide Projector: A Kodak Carousel projector for mounted 35mm slides is available in room B128. The sign-out sheet is in room 213.
  • Speakers: Check with Sara Nagreen if you need speakers for a presentation.
  • Skype Teleconferencing Mic: Sara Nagreen has a special Skype tele-conferencing microphone that can be plugged via USB into any computer during a conference call. Stop by 515 to ask.
  • Wireless Lavalier Mic: Sara Nagreen has a wireless lavalier mic and a receiver that can be hooked onto a laptop for recording a lecture or providing clear audio to a lecture being transmitted or recorded.