We designed our own podiums (podia?) for our tech classrooms and found them
very valuable. We're also using them as we retrofit older classrooms to
become tech enabled. We designed them with the monitor mounted under glass
like we've seen in some of the computer furniture. We use regular desktop
computers rather than rack-mounts, and tweak the design of the podium to
include AV equipment (VCR, etc.) as needed/desired. Note: we had them
secured to the floor - otherwise faculty attempt to move them around
(wonderful on cables). We're also looking at providing an alternative
video in for folks who want to bring in laptops.
At 03:24 PM 7/1/02, you wrote:
>Over the past few years, VCU has upgraded the technology in our large
>lecture halls. A custom podium was designed and placed in each room.
>The podiums all contain AV equipment including a Crestron Control unit,
>DVD player, VHS player, etc. There is also a rack-mounted Windows
>workstation, which is custom built (not a name brand). We are now
>getting ready to replace the rack-mounted pc's. Vendors such as Dell,
>Gateway, IBM make rack-mounted servers but these will not suit our needs
>as we need USB ports, Zip Drives, good video etc. We want to assure the
>new workstations are reliable. We are looking for vendors who specialize
>in this sort of thing --- if they exist. We are also interested in how
>others using custom podiums deal with this issue.
>Jane R. Hesler
>Director, Media and Computing Services
>Virginia Commonwealth University
>P.O. Box 980016
>Richmond, VA 23298-0016
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