Category: Bongo

Getting Started with Simulcast Delivery and/or Lecture Capture

Classrooms upgraded for simulcast delivery include a webcam, a second Epson projector, and a projection screen. The second projector and screen (located in the back of the room) can be used to view your virtual classroom students. Virtual classroom students will be able to view your webcam, anything you screen share, and communicate with you through chat or audio.

projector
Example: Projection screen in the back of the classroom that displays Bongo virtual classroom.

Before Your Class Begins

  • Log on to the Teacher’s Workstation with your SSC Network Credentials
  • Turn on the Front Projector, and then the Rear Projector
  • Log into D2L at https://d2l.ssc.edu
  • Start your Virtual Classroom Session inside of D2L
  • Allow Bongo to access the Classroom Webcam and Microphone (HuddleCam 3A)

Moving the Virtual Classroom Screen to the Rear Projector

  • On the Teacher’s Workstation, locate the browser window containing your Virtual Class Session in Bongo
  • Hold down the left mouse button while on the browser window and drag it off the screen to your right
  • You will now see the browser window with the Virtual Class Session in Bongo appear on the Rear Projection Screen
  • Visit https://tl.ssc.edu/getting-started-with-bongo/ if you need help “Getting Started with Bongo”

Using the WebCam

Camera
WEBCAM INSTALLED IN CEILING OF CLASSROOMS

A webcam has been installed to allow remote learners a view of the classroom. It is positioned so that it can capture not just the instructor, but also any information presented on the dry-erase board in the front of the classroom. The Webcam is on if the blue light is visible as in the photo above. If there are no lights visible on the camera, press the power button on the webcam remote as pictured below.

WEBCAM REMOTE CONTROL

Using the Webcam Remote Control

  • The left/right arrows move the webcam left and right
  • The up/down arrows tilt the webcam
  • The zoom fast/slow buttons control the webcam zoom feature
  • The auto button can be used to automatically focus the webcam
  • If by chance the image displayed by the webcam is upside down, press the ‘REV’ button, this will right your image.

At the End of Class

  • Turn off Front and Rear Projectors
  • Logout of D2L
  • Logout of Teacher’s Workstation

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Optional Laptop Connection

Instructors can use their personal lap top computer to replace the Teacher’s Workstation in the classroom.

NOTE: By using your personal laptop you will not be able to use the interactive features of the Epson Integrated Projector or the Promethean ActivPanel.

Step 1: Connect the USB and HDMI cables into the corresponding laptop ports as shown below.

USB Connection

HDMI Connection

Step 2: Press the black button on the left so the green light changes from input 1/A to input 2/B on the HDMI video switch. This connects the laptop to the projection system.

Step 3: Press the circular Webcam controller button to switch the Webcam connection from the Instructor Workstation to the Laptop.

USB switch
WEB CAM OPERATION SWITCH FOR LAPTOP

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Optional Use of a Document Camera

  • Turn on (Blue Light Comes On) the Elmo Document Camera Power
  • Select ‘EIT ICON’ Shortcut on Teachers Workstation.
Elmo Operation Face, Power

Select ‘Primary Display’ to display image on Teachers Workstation or Select ‘Secondary Display’ to display image on Projector Display Screen.

Users can use the ‘Pen Feature’ within the EIT Program to mark or edit what is being displayed.

Elmo Pen User Options
PC Display Output
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF FULL SCREEN OPTIONS WHEN USING THE EIT PROGRAM INCLUDING SAMPLE IMAGE DISPLAYED THROUGH DOCUMENT CAMERA.

Once you are finished with the unit, make sure you turn the document camera off. (NO Lights on the unit).

Getting Started with Bongo

Bongo provides much more than an integrated virtual classroom within D2L Brightspace. With video assignments, you can engage students in a whole new form of virtual assessment. Be sure to check out Question & Answer and Interactive Video assignments.

TLC WORKSHOP GETTING STARTED WITH BONGO – MAY 5, 2021

Join Jamie Welling and the team for step-by-step instruction on getting started with Bongo.

FACULTY ROUNDTABLE – APRIL 13, 2020

Learn about Bongo and hear from our panelist Amy Kelley, Michael Wilson, and Steve Vivian along with our host Jamie Welling all who are actively using Bongo.

CHECK OUT THIS GREAT TRAINING RESOURCES!

Video Overview – We have the premium version so our meeting time has been increased from 60 minutes to 240 minutes.

Virtual Video Training with Bongo with D2L – January 6, 2021

Add a Video Assignment in D2L Brightspace

Getting Started with Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments – Learner Guide

Virtual Classroom and Video Assignments – Instructor Guide

Bongo Support Page

Bongo Knowledge Base

BONGO PRO TIPS:

  • Bongo is a web-based solution. There is no software to download.
  • Bongo is completely integrated with D2L, there is no need to create an account with Bongo.
  • We have the premium version so our meeting time has been increased from 60 minutes to 240 minutes.
  • When you schedule a Virtual Classroom session it will automatically be added to the student’s calendar.
  • Virtual Classroom recordings can be added to your course content automatically.
  • Virtual backgrounds are unfortunately not available in Bongo at this time.
  • Virtual Classroom and meeting recordings are available to students through the D2L Brightspace Pulse app.
  • The digital whiteboard can be enlarged.
  • If you choose automatic recording, the recording will begin automatically at the scheduled meeting time and stop when the meeting ends. You will not be able to start and stop the recording unless you choose the manual mode.
  • Instructors will be able to access a scheduled meeting 10 minutes before it starts. Students will gain access at the scheduled meeting start time.
  • The length of time you schedule for a meeting is a hard time and the meeting will end automatically when time is up. You will receive a count down.
  • Breakout rooms are not recorded.
  • A video assignment will not appear in the D2L Grade Book until the first assignment is graded. There is no need to manually create the assignment.
  • Audio from videos isn’t sharable from an external source (YouTube, etc.). Available options are the instructor’s use of an external microphone, posting the link to the course in advance like pre-reading, sharing the video link in the chat at the appropriate time during the class, and allowing students a certain period to view it.
  • Bongo’s emphasis is on the presentation. As a result, you will be able to view no more than ten webcams at one time. During 2021, this will be expanded to rotate between the last 10 webcams that audio engaged.