Classroom Technology

Connect Windows 8 to Projector

How to Port Out a PC Running Windows 8

When connecting a PC computer running Windows 8 to the classroom system the user will need to “port out” their laptop to allow the video image to appear on the projector. To port out a laptop running Windows 8 follow these steps.
1. On the keyboard press the WINDOWS key and the “C” key together. This will bring up the
Charms Menu on the right hand side of the desktop.
2. From the Charms Menus select Devices.
3. Next select Second Screen.
4. When this is selected there will be four choices that appear, PC SCREEN ONLY, DUPLICATE, EXTEND, SECOND SCREEN ONLY. Depending on preference select the appropriate choice.

Projection Connection Choices

PC Screen Only

When the Computer Only box is selected the laptop will only display an image on the laptop screen. Select this choice when not connected to a projector, or secondary display.


This option will show the same image on both the laptop and the projection screen.


When in Extended mode the projector will act as a secondary screen. This option is useful for
giving presentations where presenter notes are used in either Power Point or Keynote. The projector will only show the background image of the laptop until content is placed there or a presentation is started.

Second Screen Only

When Projector Only is selected the image will not appear on the laptop screen. This option is not useful in the classrooms.

Connect an Apple MacBook via HDMI

HDMI Audio With a MacBook

When connecting a MacBook to a classroom system via an HDMI cable you will need to tell your computer to output the sound through the HDMI output.

1. Connect the HDMI Cable from the classroom system into your laptop’s HDMI Port.
2. Power the classroom system on and select Laptop HDMI.
3. Click the Apple Icon in the top left corner, then choose System Preferences.
4. Click the Sound icon from the second row.
5. Select the Output tab.
6. Choose the Extron D option.
7. When finished using the HDMI connection, remove the HDMI cable from you laptop and your laptop will default back to the internal speakers.

*NOTE: When outputting audio through the HDMI connector the only audio control will be from the classroom Program Volume Bar. There is no volume control on your laptop with this option.

Adjust MacBook Resolution When Connected via HDMI

When connecting to the classroom system via HDMI you will need to decide if you want to mirror or extend your desktop.

How to Change MacBook Display Settings When Connected to a Projector

1. Connect the HDMI Cable from the classroom system to your laptop’s HDMI Port.
2. Power on the classroom system and select Laptop HDMI.
3. Click the Apple Icon in the top left corner, then select System Preferences.
4. Select Displays from the second row.
5. Under the Displays window select the middle tab for Arrangement.
6. In the bottom left corner there is a check box that says Mirror Display this option will show the same image on the laptop screen and the projector. To show different images on the laptop screen and projector do not check the box.

If Desktop is Mirrored

1. When mirrored displays is checked a secondary window will come on the screen with options to adjust the resolution. On the window labeled Display select the Display tab.
2. From the drop down menu that is labeled Optimize for select Extron D.
3. Next select the Scaled option just below the drop down menu.
4. You will be provided two options for resolutions, select the the 720p option.

If in Extended Desktop

When in extended desktop you will need to use both your MacBook screen and the classroom preview screen to adjust resolution rates.

1. Deselect Mirror Display option under the Display Menu.
2. On the classroom preview monitor you will see a window labeled Display. Select the Display tab on this window. NOTE: Scroll your mouse to the right to access the second screen.
3. Next select the Scaled option.
4. You will be provided two options for resolutions, select the the 720p option.

After these settings have been made they should become the default settings when you connect your laptop the the classroom system again. At this point close all windows related to the Display and System Preferences.

How to request microphones for my class or event

Microphones for Classrooms

All classrooms that are centrally schedule have rechargeable microphones in them. You no longer need to request a microphone for the room, nor do you need to bring a 9v battery with you to the room. In the rare occasion that you show up to one of these rooms and it is missing, please call us at 860-486-4357 so that we can assist.

If you would like to purchase your own microphone to use, please contact us via email at so that we can get you a quote.


What software is available on the classroom computer?

The software listed below is installed on all classroom computers. If you require specific software, please visit to see options for accessing software online.

Available Programs Adobe Reader Adobe Flash Player Adobe Air Adobe Shockwave
Citrix Reciever Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox 7-Zip
Microsoft Office 2013 Microsoft Publisher 2013 Skype for Business SMART Notebook 17
SMART Ink Google Chrome Java Filezilla FTP
UConn Anywhere i>Clicker2 CRS VLC Media Player Silverlight

*NOTE: Only rooms equipped with an annotation tablet or SMART Board will be able to utilize the SMART Notebook features.