Over the course of the next few days, we're hosting a viewing of the rebuilt GTA rooms over the summer, if anyone would like to come and see them:
Thursday 09.30-10:30 4 East = Meet in Foyer for: 4E 2.4,2.61,3.10, 3.19, 3.5
Thursday 12.30-13:30 5 West = Meet in Foyer for: 5W 2.1, 2.3
Thursday 15.30-17:00 3 West North = Meet in Foyer for: 3WN 2.1, 3.7, 3.8
Friday 10.30-11:30 1 East = Drop into 1E 2.4 or 1E 3.9
We're coming towards the end of the summer break, and many of the rooms are looking much better than they originally were.
Some of the biggest changes have been in 1E, 4E and in 3WN.
The extent of the work will be published in a guide coming soon, but as a preview... here's a view of 3WN2.1:
We've been for a tour of the new facilities, and they're all progressing very well.
We hope to have them ready to go again in the next 10 days or so.
Some rooms are really unrecognisable from before!
4E3.19 - 9 August
4E3.10 - full delivery
4E2.56 - Dual screen
3WN2.1 - flooring finished
Obviously there is more to come in the near future!
Work is gathering pace this week, with many of the teaching spaces starting to come back together.
4W and 6W have had a technology change, and will be released back into general usage shortly.
5W 2.1 and 2.3 have been repainted, pending some new AV equipment in the next week or two.
The progress on the other rooms is below!
3WN 2.1 on 22 July - starting to look like a theatre again.
3WN3.8 - please note the new windows.
4E3.10 - New flooring & Paintwork
1E3.9 PC Lab
Room numbers 1 and 2 of the refurbishment have been started today, with the delivery of the lecterns for 4W1.1 and 4W1.2 arriving back on campus!
They are looking much neater than they did before.
We thought we'd let you have an insight into the work that is going on behind the scenes in some of the GTA spaces over this summer's build project.
As you can see, we're not just updating the technology (which we are doing), but we're preparing the rooms for a full set of infrastructure for the future years. This includes the furniture, the infrastructure cabling, wiring, lights (in some places) and teaching stations.
We're all very busy!
1E2.4 - Stripped Out
1E3.6 waiting for attention
This was a PC Lab!
3WN2.1 - Empty
3WN2.1 Flooring change
3WN3.7 Stripped to the floor
3WN3.7 - The boards are being replaced with something new
New windows for 3WN3.8
4E3.10 Asbestos removal from Windows and Wall
The GTA refurbishment is going along at quite a pace.
The bulk of the work so far has been spent in dealing with the asbestos works in 1E, 2E and 4E.
Many of the other rooms are also starting to be redecorated.
The full list of what we're doing is here:
Please contact us if you'd like to know any more.
This summer, we are rebuilding many of the teaching spaces.
Full rebuilds (Furniture, Decoration, Equipment):
- 2E (but not 3.1)
- 4E (not 3.38)
Equipment refresh & Decoration:
1E3.6, 4E2.56 and 4E3.5 will become twin projector rooms - so you can show 2 sources side-by-side.
3WN2.1 will be fitted with camera tracking (similar to University Hall).
These rooms are being upgraded to the latest AV Specification. They are also being fully rewired to give the latest standard of cabling.
From the start of the new academic year, all of these rooms will be equipped with a full set of digital interfaces, so any form of laptop can be plugged in.
The rooms will have a full lecture capture interface, so that anything the students see on the projection screens or displays will be captured.
An addition to that, the rooms are also getting Apple and Miracast display sharing devices - so you will be able to present from a tablet or latest model laptop wirelessly.
Please contact us if you would like to know any more details.
The early part of the year brings several conferences and shows for teaching technology.
Recently there has been BETT (teaching technology - January) and ISE (integrated systems - February). BVE (broadcast video) is next week.
We'll highlight some of the interesting products and solutions we've seen over the next few weeks.
This product featured recently on Dragon's Den - and is a really neat solution for multi use writing surfaces if you're in a space without them. You need nothing more than a reasonable flat wall to use.
We have a sample of this in AV if anyone would like to try it out.
Here's how it works:
We can get this product through our usual suppliers.
For more details - http://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/
We've been working hard over the last couple of weeks to update some of the technology in University Hall
We are piloting an installation of Apple, Android and Windows display sharing. We've fitted an Apple TV and a Miracast dongle into the lectern.
You'll now find two extra buttons on the control panel.
To do this you need to use peer-to-peer AirPlay. You will need to stand in the vicinity of the PC, and have bluetooth switch on on your device.
The device is called: University Hall Apple TV
With peer-to-peer AirPlay, your iOS device and Apple TV don't have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, you need one of these devices with iOS 8 or later:
· iPhone 5 or later
· iPad mini or iPad (4th generation or later)
· iPod touch (5th generation or later)
For more information please look at the Apple support site- https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204289
To do this you need to use bluetooth. You will need to stand in the vicinity of the PC, and have bluetooth or a widi compliant device.
The device is called: University Hall Miracast
You can check if your device can do this here:
Essentially, your device will need to be relatively new.
Android: o/s 4.2 Jellybean or newer.
Windows: Windows 8.1 or newer.
For more information on how to do this: http://www.howtogeek.com/200897/how-to-use-miracast-screen-mirroring-from-windows-or-android/
If you would like to try this out, please do - but we would like your feedback! AV@bath.ac.uk