Digital Classroom Podium

The Digital Classroom Podium, or "DCP," is our standard classroom system. Originally introduced in a Fall 2012 pilot program, DCS continues to work towards upgrading all older classroom systems with versions of the Digital Classroom Podium, which now include the Digital Classroom Flip-Top, Digital Classroom Flip-Top, Collaborative Instructor Hub, and Immersion Lectern. This family of systems will help us meet our twin goals of having state-of-the-art, digital presentation technology in all of DCS's classrooms while also providing a consistent user experience to all faculty so that they do not need to relearn how to use equipment every time they teach in different DCS rooms.

dcp-a1-lightbox.pngThe Digital Classroom Podium enables instructors to present using a built-in Mac computer, a Blu-ray player, document camera, or by connecting a personal portable devices via a HDMI or VGA cable. Certain classrooms also include additional features such as Solstice wireless display sharing. DCPs are "all digital" and connected to high-definition, widescreen projectors. The DCP utilizes a unique design scheme. The Mac Mini is equipped with the Rutgers Room Control, an application which allows the user to control all in-room devices from the podium's computer. Large rooms are equipped with the Digital Classroom Podium A1, a wider version of the podium that includes a preview monitor, voice amplification, and the ability to present on multiple in-room displays.

Building the Digital Classroom PodiumThe Digital Classroom Podium, like other Digital Classroom Systems, are designed and constructed in-house by our Technical Services & Operations team. The Rutgers Room Control program is also designed and improved by an in-house programmer. As a result, our staff is continuously able to modify the podium based on the experience of the faculty using them. Since first introducing the DCPs we have worked closely with faculty through direct interaction, surveys, and feedback sessions to refine new designs to best meet the needs of Rutgers instructors. To watch a podium being built from workroom to classroom, click on the video to the left. For more information, view the sections below.


Available in All DCP Rooms
  • Mac computer, including:
    • a dedicated Internet connection
    • three USB ports
    • keyboard and mouse
    • Whiteboard-Annotation software
    • Additional software (see "Podium Computer Apps" below for full list of software)
  • Document camera capable of projecting:
    • books, documents, and other objects
    • transparencies
  • HDMI port and cable for projecting laptops, phones, or tablets
Available in Some DCP Rooms
  • Blu-ray player capable of playing:
    • Blu-ray discs
    • DVDs
    • audio CDs
  • Solstice wireless display sharing for both instructor and student laptops, phones, and tablets
  • Dual projection, allowing projection of one source on two screens or different sources on each screen
  • Wireless microphone
  • Hand-held microphone
  • Podium microphone
  • Preview monitor, enabling presenters to view projected images on the podium without having to turn around
  • VGA port and cable for projecting laptops, phones, or tablets

Please select your DCP classroom from the list below for a summary of the features available in that podium.

Additional Equipment Available By Request
  • 35mm slide projector
  • Air Mouse
  • Blu-ray/DVD player
  • CatchBox throwable microphone
  • Hand-held microphone
  • Hand-held trackball mouse
  • Microphone stand
  • USB hub, allowing users to connect more than three USB devices to the podium
  • VCR or international VCR
  • Wacom Bamboo Pad
  • Webcam and tripod
  • Wired lavaliere microphone
  • Wireless microphone
  • Wireless pen mouse
  • Wireless presenter, used to advance slides or control the mouse

Visit the Equipment Request Page for more information and to reserve this equipment.

Videos, Tutorials, and Instructions

How Do I Use the Digital Classroom Podium?
Getting Started
Using the Podium Computer
Playing a Blu-ray or DVD
Using the Document Camera
Using a Laptop, Phone, or Tablet
Using a Microphone
Using Advanced Features
Building the Digital Classroom Podium
Other Useful Info


List of Classrooms Equipped with DCPs

The following rooms are equipped with a Digital Classroom Podium. For panoramic photos and detailed lists of classroom features and technology, please click on an individual room.

Allison Road Classroom: 103, 105, 107, 108, 110, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 328, 333
Art History Hall: 200
Bartlett Hall: 123
Biomedical Engineering Building:  102
Biological Sciences:  205
Beck Hall: AUD, 201, 213, 219, 221, 250, 251, 252, 253
Campbell Hall: A4, A5
Chemistry & Chemical Biology: 1203, 1209, 1303
Computing Research & Education Building (CoRE): 101
Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall: 102, 103, 109, 110
Davison Hall: 122
Engineering Building: 120
Fiber Optics Materials Research Building:  EHA
Food Science: AUD, 101, 109
Foran Hall: 138A, 138B
Frelinghuysen Hall: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6
Hardenbergh Hall: A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6
Heldrich Science Building: 106, 201, 204, 206
Hickman Hall: 101, 138, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 122, 123, 126, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 201, 202, 204, 205, 207, 209, 210, 211, 213, 214, 216, 218
Hill Center: 009, 114, 116
Institute of Food Nutrition & Health: 101, 205
Loree Hall: 020, 022, 115
Lucy Stone Hall: AUD, A121, A139, A140, A142, A143, B105, B109, B110, B111, B115, B117, B123, B205, B267, B269
Milledoler Hall: 100
Murray Hall: 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 204, 208, 210, 211, 212, 213, 301
Pharmacy: 111, 115
Phyics: LH
Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering: 102, 105
Rutgers Academic Building: 1170, 1180, 2125, 2160, 2225, 2400
Ruth Adams Building: 001, 104, 206, 209A, 209B, 110B
School of Communication & Information: 101, 103, 201, 203, 212
Scott Hall: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 115, 116, 119, 120, 121, 123, 135201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 214, 215, 216, 219, 220, 221
Science & Engineering Research Center: 111, 117, 118, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 216, 217, 218, 220
Tillett Hall: 103A, 103B, 103C, 103D, 105, 116, 123, 125, 127, 224, 226, 232, 242, 246, 251, 252, 253, 254, 257, 258, 264 Van Dyck Hall: 211
Voorhees Hall: 104, 105
Zimmerli Art Museum: EDR, MPR


List of Apps Available on the Hub Computer

The DCP computer is equipped with over forty applications. Apps may be opened by selecting them in the dock or by clicking on the blue applications folder and choosing the app from the list. If the DCP does not have software you would like to use in your class, contact us.

Helps molecular biologists visualize and edit DNA sequence files
Adium An instant messenger application that allows users to chat via a variety of different instant messaging services including AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more
Adobe Acrobat X Pro A PDF creator and viewer designed for use with video, audio, and other interactive content
Adobe Creative Suite 6 A collection of software designed for creating content. Includes: Bridge, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Media Encoder, and Photoshop.
AIM AOL’s instant messenger
Android SDK Tool for building, testing, and debugging apps for Android
Audacity 1.2.5* For editing and recording sounds
BaiBoard A virtual whiteboard app that can be used to draw and annotate.
Camino Web browser
Cisco Webex Meetings* A videoconference application that can be used to connect with remote students and guest presenters or to teach remotely.  Webex is free for anyone with a Rutgers NetID and can be used in DCS's Videoconference Spaces or in any DCS room by requesting a camera and microphone.  Visit the Rutgers Webex page for more information.
CN3D 4.3 Helper application that allows users to view 3-dimensional structures from NCBI's Entrez Structure database
Comic Life Magiq For creating photo based comics
Cyberduck Cloud storage browser
Dreamweaver For making and editing HTML web sites and mobile apps
Eclipse Web-development tools
Excel 2019 A spreadsheet program used to manage, analyze, and organize data
FaceTime* For video chat
Firefox Web browser
Fireworks Helps you create designs for web sites and mobile apps, without coding
Flash Professional CS6 Used to create animation and multimedia content
GarageBand A recording studio tailored to making music
GeoGebra GeoGebra is an interactive geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus application, intended for learning and teaching mathematics and science.
Google Chrome Web browser
Google Earth A 3D, interactive map of the world
Google SketchUp 8 3D modeling program designed for architects, civil engineers, filmmakers, game developers, and related professions
iClicker Cloud Used to conduct polls using iClicker's mobile system (requires that students purchase accounts)
iMovie For making and sharing movies
iPhoto For editing, organizing, sharing, and presenting photos
iTunes For playing music
iWeb For creating web sites
iWorks An Apple productivy suite, including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.
jEdit A text editor for web programming
Illustrator A vector graphics editor
Image Capture Used to upload pictures from digital cameras or scanners which are connected directly to the podium or via the network
InDesign Used to create design work such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books
Jing A way to capture images and short vides of your screen
Keynote Keynote is Mac's version of PowerPoint, used to create and give slide presentations.
Kurzweil 3000 A literacy tool
MacSpice Simulates and analyses electronic circuits that can range in complexity from a single resistor to an integrated circuit comprising tens-of-thousands of devices
Maple 17 A tool for learning, teaching, and doing math
Mathematica Computational program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing
Matlab 2014 Lets you explore and visualize ideas and collaborate across disciplines including signal and image processing, communications, control systems, and computational finance.
Messages Used for text chatting and sharing photos and files
Microsoft Communicator* A communication server designed for collaboration through instant messaging, presence, Web conferencing, and audio/video conferencing
Microsoft Office 2019 A software bundle that includes Word (for word processing), PowerPoint (for slide presentations), Excel (for spreadsheets), and Outlook (for email)
Microsoft Silverlight A development tool for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web and mobile applications
NetBeans For developing mobile and web applications with Java, HTML5, PHP, C/C++ and more
Open-Sankoré A whiteboard and annotation app that allows users to annotate computer images.
Panopto A lecture capture tool that can be used to record in-class videos. A Panopto account is required to access this software.
Photoshop A graphics editing program
PollEv Presenter App This app enables instructors with Poll Everywhere acounts to use Poll Everywhere with PowerPoint.
PowerPoint 2019 Helps you build and present slide show presentations
Processing An open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions
Preview A view used to open PDFs and image files such as jpeg, tiff, and png
QuickTime Player For playing videos
R & R Studio R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. R Studio is a tool that makes it easier to use R.
REEF REEF polling is iClicker's solution mobile-based polling solution. This can be used by instructor to administer polls. Please note, students must still have licenses to participate.
Remote Desktop Connection Used to access computers running Windows connected to the same network
Safari Web browser
Scratch 1.4 For creating and sharing interactive stories, games, music, and art
ScreenFlow Screencasting and video editing software that can capture audio and video from the computer
SeaMonkey Web-browser, advanced e-mail, newsgroup and feed client, IRC chat, and HTML editing portal
Second Life Viewer Enables users to explore, communicate, and connect in Second Life - a 3D, virtual world where people can interact and build
Skype* An application for video, voice, and text chatting
Soundslides Plus 898 Allows you to share your slide-shows on the Web or convert them to video for YouTube and Vimeo
SPSS A software package used for statistical analysis
Stata Data analysis and statistical software
StatTransfer12 Used to move data between worksheets, databases, and statistical packages
Stickies Use stickies to jot notes, write reminders, create lists, or store frequently used text
TextEdit Lets you create all types of text documents
Top Hat Monocle Used to poll students from their mobile device. Instructors must already have a Top Hat account to use this application.
TurningPoint TurningPoint is a hardware-based option for polling students. Use of TurningPoint requires that students purchase "clickers."
VLC Multimedia player. View our article on YouTube for more info on using VLC.
Xcode A development environment used to create apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Word 2019 Word processor and document viewer
Zoom A web tool used to stream and videoconference with remote participants.
  *use of many core features of this app may require additional equipment in certain rooms . Please contact DCS for more information.