Meeting Owl Pro & Classroom Technology
Shippensburg University has implemented the Meeting Owl Pro in the majority of its classrooms for the Fall 2020 semester in order to accommodate students who elect to participate in classes remotely.
The Meeting Owl Pro is an all-in-one tracking camera/microphone system that connects to Zoom on the classroom instructor’s station. The camera is designed to track one or more active speakers by tracking the location of their voice(s) in the room. The camera then focuses on and tracks their movement, providing a clear image of in-room participants to those who are remotely connected to Zoom.
The microphone in Meeting Owl Pro is designed to capture speech and audio from 15+ feet away, making it a robust solution to streaming classes and capturing both student and faculty input.
How it works
The video below outlines how classrooms will look for Fall 2020, including a demo and description of the Meeting Owl Pro.
Faculty wishing to learn more about using the Meeting Owl Pro in their assigned classrooms can view the recording of the Meeting Owl & Classroom Technology Demo/Training held in late July.
Those interested in using a secondary device, such as a tablet or laptop, to help moderate Zoom sessions and/or share content wirelessly can view the walkthrough video below created by Dr. Kimberly Presser from the Mathematics department.
Faculty who are utilizing classrooms that have students participating remotely are encouraged to use the Share Screen function in Zoom. This ensures that students who are attending in-person can see content being shared from the computer via the projection screen, and that remote participants in Zoom can also see the screen.
This is particularly important when using the whiteboard. Rather than using the traditional whiteboard or chalkboard in a room, consider alternative digital whiteboarding programs. One example is the whiteboard built into Zoom – just click on Share Screen and choose the Whiteboard option.
All classrooms have been outfitted with a touchscreen display, so faculty have the option to use their finger or any capacitive stylus to write or draw on the screen. This works in any whiteboard software as well as in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and a variety of other applications.
Non-traditional instruction spaces
A number of non-traditional instruction spaces will be set up for use as classrooms for Fall 2020 to accommodate the number of classrooms needed. Each of these rooms will include a dedicated computer and touchscreen monitor, as well as a projector or TV display. However, they may not contain other smart classroom technology such as a separate DVD/VHS player, document camera, or automated button controls.
While many of these spaces will utilize the Meeting Owl Pro, some larger non-traditional spaces will employ a different camera system on a tripod. This camera will not perform automatic tracking like the Meeting Owl but is movable and can be re-focused manually as needed.
In these larger spaces, faculty can utilize the room audio system/microphone in order to speak to both students in the room and to ensure that remote students can hear well.
Large non-traditional instruction spaces (with fixed camera system)
- CUB MPR A
- CUB MPR B
- Tuscarora Room (Reisner Dining Hall)
- Memorial Auditorium
- Luhrs Performing Arts Center theatre
- Luhrs Perofmring Arts Center second floor lobby