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Humanities 56

Updated Summer 2020

Your Room Contains

  • Ceiling Projector(s)
  • Podium Monitor(s)
  • Control Panel: Control Panel Example
  • Cynap
  • Document Camera
  • Camera
  • 1 Lapel Microphone(s)
  • 1 Conference Microphone(s)
  • Blu-ray

Getting Started With...

control panel

This classroom’s individualized instructions will have images soon. Though control panels may look different, they do operate on the same principle.

Touchscreen Control Panels

Touschreen control panels can be sorted into two main categories:

  1. Medium-size classrooms seating about 30 people and usually have 1 or 2 projectors.
  2. Large and Lecture Hall-size classrooms seating more than 50 people and usually have at least 2 projectors.

To see examples of both, go to our Control Panel page.

Physical Control Panels

Please note that some rooms have physical control panels. You will press the button that may be called Display on or Projector On to turn the system on. You will then choose how you plugged in your laptop to determine which button to display. You may have plugged in using HDMI, choose HDMI. If you plugged in using VGA, choose either VGA or Laptop - depending on your panel.


Connecting Your Laptop Wirelessly:

  1. Connect your laptop.
    • On Windows: 
      1. Use the Windows Key + P Key to bring up the Project menu.
      2. Choose Connect to a wireless display
      3. Choose the Cynap for your room. 
    • On MacBook: 
      1. Select the Airplay icon in your menu bar to see available devices. 
      2. Select the Cynap for your room. 
  2. Enter the 4-digit code that appears at the top of the Cynap screen on your laptop. Your laptop will appear on the Cynap screen. 

Connecting a Wired Device:

Use these steps to display a device that is hooked up using an HDMI cable; this includes the document camera, Blu-ray player, or a laptop.

1. On the Control Panel under the Cynap Input menu, select the device you want to display from the Cynap onto the projector. You can select from your document camera, laptop connected with HDMI or VGA, or Blu-ray player.
Note: Your control panel may look different than the image on the right.
2. On the Cynap screen, tap the screen and select the [ + ] button.
3. Then, select Cynap Input to add the device previously selected on the Control panel. 
4. Your selected device will appear on the Cynap screen. Send this device image over to the main projector screen in Moderator mode by tapping the bottom menu of the device window and choose the Send to Projector button.


The document camera located in your classroom allows you to easily display documents, objects, and simple demonstrations to an entire classroom and/or lecture hall.  

Key Features:

  • Zoom wheel, which allows for closer details of the images or objects being projected
  • Continuous auto-focus that adjusts as you zoom in and out to keep your image in clear focus
  • LCD preview
  • A brightly lit working surface
  • Loop-pull up for easy setup
  • Freeze frame, which freezes the image displayed through the projector system

How to Use the Document Camera:

  • Lift up the document camera with the loop-pull and the camera will automatically turn on.  
  • Place your document or demonstration on the working surface 
  • Ensure auto-focus is enabled to have a continuous clear presentation  

Other Resources:


The camera in your classroom can be controlled by the Control Panel in your room. You should see a Camera control button on the panel. On this button, you can pan, tilt, and zoom in with your camera. Cameras may have preset controls that will move them to a set spot and zoom. Try out the controls available to you in your room.

Tip: if you are zoomed in, the pan and tilt will be more pronounced. Zoom out to have more control over the movement of the camera.

Many of these cameras have been set up to work with the Cynap or the Classroom Supplied Computer in your classroom.

Depending on the type of camera in your classroom, you may not see all the controls you have here. If your classroom has a webcam, that will not have camera controls associated with it and may be directly connected to an attached computer in the room. 


The Blu-ray player is located inside the instructor podium and the basic controls area available on the control panel.

The Blu-ray player can play Blu-rays, standard DVDs and Music CDs coded for Region 1 - Canada, the United States and U.S. territories.

Getting Started

  1. Begin by using the control panel to turn the projection system on. If your classroom has multiple projectors, there will be more than one projection option at the top of the control panel.
  2. To enable the Blu-ray player, select which projector you wish to display the Blu-ray/DVD through and select DVD Player option.  
  3. Load your Blu-ray/DVD into the player.
  4. Use the control panel to access the menu controls and select what you'd like to play.

See this example for how the DVD controls will look on your control panel. Notice you can play, stop, pause, rewind, fast-forward and step ahead. You also have a subtitles on/off option. Use the circular menu for moving through the on-screen menu on your DVD.

DVD menu controls

Additional Resources