Videoconferencing system with monitor or
The 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
The videoconferencing system should be
connected to a large screen (either a
monitor or an LCD projector). The image
should be displayed in the front of the
room so the students can see the mission
commander and video clips.
Three computers per team and another LCD projector.
The communications team uses the
videoconferencing system as well as
computer for data and chat.
Per team: one computer for Nav experts,
one for the Sci/Ops experts, and one the
the Communication experts.
Internet connections for the above computers
and the latest version of Internet Explorer
Macromedia® Flash® player v. 7.0 and
optional NetMeeting (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.
Digital camera (optional). A digital camera
is valuable for recording the excitement of
Note: A computer lab might be too crowded.
Typically labs are arranged in permanent rows.
This does not permit team communications or the
required flow of foot 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 NetMeeting 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, and the computer
is a PC, you have to install Windows
NetMeeting. Unfortunately there are no free
videoconferencing software downloads
available for Macs that we can recommend.
Test the audio/video connection at least one
Make sure the camera and microphone can see
both members of the communications team.
The whole class should be able to see and
hear the flight director easily above of the
noise of all the students.
During the audio/video connection you will
need to test the communications officer
computers. Using one of the communications
officer computers, go to the following
must have Flash Player v 7.0) Note: You may
wish to bookmark this URL on the computers.
User ID - drop down menu with list of team
names. Each team will use a different name
(Alpha, Bravo, etc.)
Password: provided on the day (use lowercase
Test the computer’s chat window in the lower
Test the computer’s data window on the left.
Microsoft Active Accessibility.