with monitor or LCD:
videoconferencing system can be a
dedicated videoconferencing unit, by
manufacturers such as Polycom®,
Tandberg™, or VTEL®, or it can be an
extra computer equipped with a webcam,
microphone, speakers, and
videoconferencing software, such as
videoconferencing system should be
connected to a large screen (either a
monitor, a large TV, or an LCD projector). The image
should be displayed in the front of the
room so the students can see the flight
director and video clips.
Three to four computers per
Specialists use the videoconferencing
system as well as one computer for data
The Carbon Dioxide
and Oxygen Specialists can share a computer, or each team can have their own.
Specialists use one computer.
Internet connections for
the above computers and the latest version
of Internet Explorer installed.
Macromedia® Flash® player v. 7.0 or above and
optional Skype™ (both software programs
are free and available on the Internet). The
Flash tools for the mission will not work
properly without Flash Player 7.0 or above.
Digital camera (optional). A digital camera
is valuable for recording the excitement of
Note: A computer lab can be used, it's just not ideal because
labs are typically arranged in permanent rows and interrupts the flow of traffic.
The videoconferencing system can be either a
stand-alone unit (such as Polycom, Tandberg,
etc.) or a computer-based system (PC with a
webcam and Skype™ software).
If you have a stand-alone videoconferencing
system, make sure it is connected using IP.
If you are using ISDN or ATM lines, you will
require a bridging system.
If you have a computer-based
videoconferencing system, you will have to install Skype™.
Skype™ is videoconferencing software that is available
for both Windows and Macs
Test the audio/video
connection at least one week before the
Make sure the camera and
microphone are easily accessible for the
The whole class should
be able to see and hear the flight director.
Make sure you can turn up the audio loud.
Make sure the video can be seen anywhere in
During the audio/video
connection you will need to test the
communications specialist computers. Go to the
(must have Flash Player v 7.0 or above).
Team Name: Alpha,
Bravo, Charlie, etc.
on the day by the flight director or
Test the "chat" part
of the Communications Specialist window in
the lower right.
Test the "data" part
of the window on the left.
Microsoft Active Accessibility.