Smart Classrooms
Operating the classroom PC
  • Booting up the computer: The classroom computer is scheduled to be "ON" before the start of class.  If the screen is black, make sure the monitor is on and wiggle the mouse to wake up the display, or turn the monitor off and on again.
  • Saving files: If you want to save a file on the classroom PC, you must save the file in the "INSTRUCTOR FILES" drive.  A shortcut to this drive is located at the top-center of the Desktop.
  • Deep Freeze: The security agent "Deep Freeze" deletes all data from the computer at the end of each day, when the PC is turned off.  This means that all files outside of the "Instructor Files" drive will be deleted from the computer at the end of each semester.

Computer software

Classroom PCs have internet access via the programs Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome, from shortcuts located at the top right corner of the desktop. The PC is also equipped with Microsoft Office 2010 which includes the programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Standard Elmhurst College support software and utilities include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • VLC Media Player
  • Real Player
  • iTunes
  • Adobe Flash
  • Shockwave
  • Java
  • Skype
  • 7zip
  • VNC (for remote assistance)

Need software installed?

Elmhurst College faculty can request software installation for a classroom PC; please give advance notice to the Help Desk at 630-617-3543 and drop off the disc for that software in Daniels Hall, room 107.

Desktop icons and shortcuts

All programs (including those not found on the desktop) can be found by navigating to: Start Menu > All Programs.

Using a webcam on a classroom computer
  • Obtaining a webcam: If you want to use a webcam in your class you will have to either bring your own, or rent one from the Media Services in Daniels Hall room 111.
  • Setting up the webcam: Most webcams are easy to use and install. Typically, the webcam is placed on the top of the computer’s monitor and held in place by a foldable arm attached to the back of the camera.
  • Plugging in the webcam: Once the camera has been set in place, it can be plugged into one of the USB ports located on the front of the computer. On the computer’s monitor you should see a notification pop up telling you that your device is ready to us.

Using Skype

  • Each classroom is equipped with a computer that has Skype (a video-chat client) pre-installed with a shortcut to the program on the computer’s Desktop.
  • Once the camera has been set up, double-click on the Skype icon on the right edge of the Desktop or from the Start Menu.
  • Once Skype has been started, you will be prompted to create a free Skype account which is necessary to begin a video-chat (if you already have a Skype account, click on the link labeled "Sign in").
  • Once signed in, you should be able to call or video-chat with any of your contacts.
  • To add a new contact, click the "Add a contact" link just below the Contact List, and add type your contact’s Skype Name or Phone Number into the corresponding textbox and press "+Add."
  • Once the new contact has accepted your request, you simply need to click on the name in your Contacts List and then click the "Video Call" button to begin chatting.
Note: If you need further assistance with Skype, watch the help videos. These can be found by navigating to Skype "Home" and clicking "View help videos" in the "Learn how to use Skype" area of the window.

Additional troubleshooting

If you have any questions or need extra help with the A/V equipment, call the Help Desk at 630-617-3767.