Set Up Your Laptop in Classrooms

SSW faculty may be assigned to classrooms outside of the School of Social Work (SSW)building.  While all classrooms in the SSW building are technology ready, some classrooms on campus are not equipped with desktops or DVD players.  These classrooms will probably be Wi-Fi ready and have provisions to connect a laptop to the classroom’s LCD projector. Therefore, it is a good idea to visit your classroom before the semester begins to get familiar with its setup.  This is a good idea even inside of the SSW building.  If you need guidance with equipment in the SSW building, please make an appointment with the IT staff by emailing itshelp@ssw.uga.edu .  If your classroom is outside of the SSW building, feel free to make an appointment with the building’s classroom support for a brief overview of the provided technology.   Most UGA classrooms are supported by CTL’s Classroom Support unit and can be reached by calling 706-542-1234.   The northern part of campus is supported by gentleman named Brent.  Brent submitted the guide below to help with connecting laptops in classrooms on campus.

Techniques for connecting laptops to classroom Presentation Systems

Most classroom display systems campus wide (including all CTL classrooms) offer two options for connecting a PC laptop to the classroom display.  They are either the VGA or HDMI connector.  The HDMI is the preferred method but VGA is still provided for legacy (older) laptops.  The HDMI is the smaller of the two connectors and passes both audio and video.  The VGA is the larger connector and requires a separate audio connector (the 1/8th inch plug).

Mac laptops require a dongle (an adaptor to be provided by the instructor) to convert from their display outputs (usually a mini-display port) to either a HDMI or VGA output.

Once the laptop has been connected via either a HDMI or VGA plug and the classroom system has been turned on via the control touchpanel, select the input on the touchpanel that matches the plug type connected to the laptop (either VGA laptop or HDMI laptop).

If a PC laptop is connected and there is still no signal it may well be that the laptop video needs to be toggled. To do this, press the Microsoft symbol and the letter “P” on the keyboard at the same time .  This will bring up a display with four options. Click on the second option (duplicate).  This will direct the video signal to the output connector as well as the laptop display.

For Macs, first click the apple in the top left corner. This will produce a drop down menu.  From this menu select SYSTEM PREFERENCES.  This opens a window from which you select DISPLAYS. Another window opens from which you select ARRANGEMENT, and finally enable the button labeled MIRROR DISPLAYS.