College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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IN THE KNOW ENHANCING + ENGAGING + CONNECTING PLANNING & MANAGEMENT OCTOBER 2 012 THIS MONTH 71 EMERGING TECHNOLOGY 72 TECH WATCH 73 TECH UPGRADE Keeping Control: Integrating Technology in the Classroom The myriad technology used in today's college classroom is simply managed with the right interface, making professors' jobs easier and lightening IT's workload. by ELLEN KOLLIE W ith 2,100-plus students, Bay Path College (BPC) in Longmeadow, MA, is a small college. Until recently, it suf- fered the same problem that plagues colleg- es and universities of all sizes: classrooms outfi tted with multiple types of technology, each requiring individual control. For example, a classroom may have a television, DVD player, laptop, projector, whiteboard, microphone/speakers, and dimmable lights. That is a lot of equipment for a professor to master to present a lesson. "One common problem is audio-video systems that are complicated to operate and not intuitive for most instructors," confi rms Mike McMackin, ASTC, principal with Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, a media facilities planning and design fi rm head- quartered in San Francisco. "Audio-video PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER. Classrooms at Bay Path College were outfi tted with a number of technology tools — and controls. A fl exible software solution integrated these tools resulting in something easy to use for professors and IT staff. 68 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF BAY PATH COLLEGE

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