Set up for Hybrid Learning

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Many of these tips and ideas grow out of a conviction that we should do whatever we can to make the learning experience on campus as “live” as possible. We generally want to avoid having students spending their on-campus days staring at their laptops.

With that in mind, as we move inside to teach in two adjacent rooms, we are trying to create an environment in which students do not have to stare at their laptops or use headphones to engage in class.


Here’s a video which takes you through the 3 steps detailed below:

Zoom preference settings for flat-screen monitor and Epson projector classrooms:

You need to verify that both the Mac System Preferences and Zoom Preferences have the same settings for it to work correctly.

Flat-screen monitors

Sound settings for your Mac laptop in the Gym classrooms and in the new trailers

  • In System Preferences > Sound > Output select SAMSUNG <- volume is adjusted using the remote’s Volume buttons
  • In System Preferences > Sound > Input select Blue Snowball

Sound Settings for Zoom in the Gym classrooms and in the new trailers

  • In Zoom > Preferences > Audio > Speaker to DisplayPort (SAMSUNG) <- volume is adjusted using the remote’s Volume buttons
  • In Zoom > Preferences > Audio > Microphone to Blue Snowball

Epson projectors

Sound settings for your Mac laptop in classrooms With Epson Projectors

  • In System Preferences > Sound > Output select Epson PJ <- volume is adjusted using the remote’s Volume buttons
  • In System Preferences > Sound > Input select Blue Snowball

Sound Settings for Zoom in the Gym classrooms and in the new trailers

  • In Zoom > Preferences > Audio > Speaker to Epson PJ <- volume is adjusted using the remote’s Volume buttons
  • In Zoom > Preferences > Audio > Microphone to Blue Snowball

Setup for 2 indoor adjacent classrooms

  1. Plug your laptop into the USB-C hub on the wall which, in turn, is connected to the:
    • Projector
    • Blue Snowball Microphone
    • Speakers
  2. In your System Preferences > Sound
    • Select “Blue Snowball” as the Input
    • Select “Epson PJ” as the Output
  3. In Zoom
    • Log in, open a meeting, click on the menu next to the Mute button, and
    • Select “Blue Snowball” as the Microphone
    • Select “Epson PJ” as the Speakers
    This should allow your laptop to be displayed on the projector, with sound coming through the system speakers, and sound input coming from the Blue Snowball mic.
    Do not connect to the projector using Airplay, as Airplay will not be able to use the Snowball microphone. If your computer desktop does not appear on the projector when you plug into the USB-C hub, click the blue “source search” button in the top right corner of the remote.Have your ECR, or a designated student, set up exactly the same way in the adjacent room, connecting to the same Zoom (or Meet) meeting.
  4. The students in the room with you (with the teacher) do not need to connect to Zoom, or have their laptops open.
  5. In order for you to see the students in the adjacent room, you have two options: A. Have your ECR (or designated student) turn their laptop around so that the camera captures the students in the adjacent room. B. Have your students in the adjacent room connect to the zoom, but turn their sound off, and mute their mics. Either of these options allows you to see the students in the adjacent room, and hear them via the Blue Snowball mic in the adjacent room, without causing feedback or echo. However, option “B” will give you a better view of student faces than option “A”.
  6. Run your class with the Zoom/Meet conference up on your projector so that you can see and engage students who raise their hands in the adjacent classroom. If your two classrooms are close enough to hear someone speaking in the other room, you will want to close the doors; otherwise, you will experience an “echo” which can be distracting.
  7. If you have content or notes to share (a presentation, whiteboard notes, etc…), use your iPad to either:
    • Connect using the Zoom app and share your iPad desktop & Notability - YouTube Video:
      Connect directly to your laptop with a cable (USB to Lightning), and share the iPad desktop from Zoom on your laptop. YouTube Video:

Setup if, as a teacher, you are fully remote

Decide if you want to see on-campus students in a single camera shot, or if you want each individual student to be in the Zoom with their own device.

One Zoom instance for a classroom of Students

If you’re happy to have a single device connected to the Zoom, covering all students in a particular room, your ECR will join the Zoom as described above. This will provide Audio in (through the snowball microphone), audio out (through the Epson speakers), and video (through the ECR’s built in FaceTime camera pointed at the class). The ECR will mute/unmute the microphone as needed.

Benefits of having only one device in the classroom connected to the Zoom

  • More of the typical communal experience of being in an in-person classroom.
  • Fewer distractions from their device, and a break from the near-eye display of their laptop/chromebook.

Each student, in a classroom of Students, joins the Zoom separately

If you’d like (or if you need) all your students to be in the Zoom meeting, then those students on campus should join as they would normally, taking special care to remain muted with their volume all the way down. Even if they join the Zoom individually, they will still be using the snowball microphone and Epson speakers for their sound.

Benefits of having individual students in the Zoom

  • It’s easier to distribute content to students via the Zoom chat.
  • It’s easier to direct students to websites/apps outside of Zoom.
  • It’s possible for individuals to share their screen/work via Zoom

AV Equipment in Hybrid Classrooms

New for the School Year 2020-2021 is an AV setup in Hill Campus classrooms and other indoor teaching/conference spaces to connect your USB-C laptop to provide:

  • audio/video & interactivity link (if present) to a Epson Brightlink projector and the Kramer speakers connected to the projector,
  • audio-in connection from the Blue Snowball microphone,
  • charging power.

Epson Brightlink Interactive projector classrooms

Each of these classrooms have a single 6' silver USB-C extension cable attached to an Anker USB-C hub device, which is mounted on a wall or other immovable object located adjacent to the old-school cable bundle wall-plate which connects to the projector. In many cases, the existing cable-bundle has been used to connect to the Anker hub.

  • A power charger is connected to the USB-C Input port, and an HDMI cable is connected to the projector on one side of the hub.
  • On the other side, the Blue Snowball is connected to one USB 3.0 port, while the second USB 3.0 port is used for the interactive connection to the projector.
Anker Hub

Please do not unplug these cables from the Anker hub, nor move the existing black cable-bundle

This leaves two SD/MicroSD card slots available on one side, as well as a USB-C data port. The SD card slots and the USB-C Data port are available for your use.

The silver USB-C extension cable is connected to the small 'pig-tail' cable directly connected to the Anker hub. Please do not disconnect this silver USB-C cable. In many cases, it has been affixed with tape to prevent removal.

Sample classroom installation:


Non-interactive projector classrooms, conference rooms, and other locations with AV

Note: All non-classroom AV locations will have the center HDMI connection to the projector, but may not have connections to a Blue Snowball microphone, a power charger, or both.

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In the image to the left, the power charger cable is plugged in on the right side of the adapter above the HDMI plug, and the Blue Snowball microphone cable is on the left. The middle cable is the HDMI video cable for the projector.