Educational Resources Lab

Pawley Hall, Room 350
456 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Circulation Desk:

(248) 370-2485
fax: (248) 370-4226

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Technology, Equipment and Support


A year ago, the 360C classroom was just a dream. That dream began to materialize during the summer of 2015. The initial vision was a room that allowed students to model practices of a K12 classroom. What grew from that vision was so much more, including the following additions and updates:


  • An Epson Interactive projector with multiple software platforms such as SMART and Promethean.
  • An instruction station to support the interactive projector, sound system and HDMI connections.
  • A portable SMART Board which can be used as a multiple station. The SMART Board can also be checked out for use elsewhere in Pawley Hall.
  • A Juno portable sound system by Front Row, which can be found in many elementary classrooms. A teacher pendant microphone and two student handheld microphones are included.
  • An Apple TV and a 32” monitor, which allow for mirroring and collaborative sharing from Apple devices.
  • A new tech cart featuring sample sets (5) of Chromebooks, Surface Tablets and iPad Air tablets. These are available for individual or room use.
  • A Samsung document camera, which can be used separately or in conjunction with the ClearOne Speakerphone for distance learning and/or video conferencing.
  • A Swivl Robot with two ‘markers’, a stand, and multiple adapters can be used with any recording device for lecture capture.

Seating/Classroom Essentials

  • Wheeled, nesting desks that can be easily rearranged for collaborative grouping. 
  • A set of five shapes desks supplement the nesting desks and provide more samples of flexible grouping.
  • Two sets of cantilever desks/chairs, which gives alternative seating options that might be seen in K12 classrooms.
  • Floor to ceiling white board panels, which allow for and encourage multiple collaboration spaces during classroom time.

Of course, 360C can still be used as a traditional classroom. The vision for this room will continue to grow. Stop by to utilize it and share your own thoughts and ideas.

Computer Checkout Information

The ERL has Laptops, MacBooks, iPads and Chromebooks available for check out for use in Pawley Hall

  • All devices are checked out on an hourly basis.  
  • Devices, cords, cases and any other accessories checked out with the device must be returned in the same condition they were in when you checked them out. We will try to have the devices charged, but be aware that you may have to plug them in if the battery drains.
  • Do not get water, beverages, dirt, or food on the device.
  • Do not leave the device unattended or lend the device to anyone else to use while it is checked out to you.  
  • When you check out one of our devices, you accept full responsibility for their safe and timely return. If you cannot follow the terms, do not check out the equipment. If you violate the terms, you will lose the privilege of checking out equipment.  You will also be responsible for replacement costs (up to $1,579 for a device/bag/power cord). A hold may be placed on your Oakland University account (Registrar) until business is settled with the ERL.
  • All users who access computers and network resources in or from the ERL must follow restrictions set forth in the University's Acceptable Use policy (entitled Use of University Information Technology Resources). The policy is posted on the web at

Policy Regarding the Loss, Theft or Damage of Loaned Equipment
Policy Regarding the Loss, Theft or Damage of Loaned Equipment

Patrons who have borrowed an electronic device (i.e., Laptop, MacBook, iPad, Chromebook, etc) from the ERL must comply with the below policies and procedures in the event such device is lost or stolen:

  1. In the event that a device is stolen, patron must immediately file a report with the police department in whose jurisdiction the theft occurred.
  2. In the event that a device is lost, patron must immediately file a report with the Oakland University Police Department.
  3. Any such police report must reflect that the stolen or lost device is the property of the Educational Resources Lab, Oakland University. Patron must also immediately inform the ERL of the loss, theft or damage.
  4. Patron must provide the ERL with a copy of police report within five business days of the theft or loss.
  5. The patron may be required by the ERL to provide additional information in writing.
  6. The patron will be responsible for repair and/or replacement costs associated with any loss, theft or damage.  Replacement costs vary and are subject to change.  Approximate replacement costs are listed in the technology section of the ERL website.  Patron will be required to pay the cost of repairing any damage beyond accidental or normal wear as determined by the ERL Director.
  7. A hold will be placed on the patron’s OU records by the ERL Director until the amount owed is paid in full. Payment should be made in a single lump sum. If the payment is made by personal check, the hold will not be lifted until the check has cleared (typically 2 weeks).
  8. The patron cannot borrow a device from the ERL until any financial liability has been satisfied.
  9. In the event that the lost or stolen device is recovered, the patron should immediately notify the ERL. The ERL, at its discretion (based in part on the condition of the recovered device and the time elapsed since it was reported missing), will determine whether it is appropriate to return any amounts paid by patron, or release any holds placed on patron’s account pursuant to this policy.

Approximate Replacement Costs

The following are approximate replacement costs of electronic devices in the ERL as of 8/31/15.

HP Laptops - $950.00
Apple MacBooks - $1,579.00
iPad - $700.00
Microsoft Surface 3 - $650.00
HP Google Chromebook 11 G3 - $375.00



Apple iPad Checkout Information
  1. Apple iPads may be checked out of the ERL during regular business hours of Monday – Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm ONLY, when regular staff members are present to assist patrons and answer any questions you may have about their use.
  2. When you check out one of our iPads, you accept full responsibility for their safe and timely return. If you cannot follow the terms, do not check out the equipment. If you violate the terms, you will lose the privilege of checking out equipment.  You will also be responsible for replacement costs (up to $600 for an iPad/case/power-cord). A hold may be placed on your Oakland University account (Registrar) until business is settled with the ERL.
  3. The iPad with its case and power cord must be returned in the same condition they were in when you checked them out. We will try to have the iPads charged, but be aware that you may have to plug them in if the battery drains.
  4. All equipment must be signed out by an ERL regular staff member and will be visually inspected on return and then synced with our iPad computer to remove any personal data and assure that it is working properly.
  5. Do not get water, beverages, dirt, or food on the iPad or components.
  6. Do not lend the iPad to anyone else as it is checked out only to you. All equipment must be in your immediate possession at all times. Do not leave items on tables, in a classroom or in your car.
  7. All iPads are checked out on a daily basis.  If you borrow an iPad, you must return it before the ERL closes or make specific arrangements for when it will be returned and for its safe storage until it is returned.  If you are ill or not coming to school on the day the equipment is to be returned, it is still your responsibility to get it back on time.

iPad Support Documents

You have iPads in the Classroom - Now What?

Professional Development


Smart Board SMART Board Checkout Information
The ERL currently owns a brand new SB685 dual touch SMART Board on a portable iRover2 cart, as well as one SB680 model SMART Board on a portable stand that can be used with a detached projector.

Patrons can use it in our main area for practice at any time, or reserve it for private use along with our 360C classroom.  Please visit the SMART Board Reservation Calendar to book your time!

Students wishing to learn more information about the SMART Board may book an appointment for a short tutorial.   The tutorial includes a one on one short lesson about SMART Boards from our technology staff, as well as completing the on board SMART tutorial.  You should plan on reserving 30-60 minutes for this tutorial - those that spend more time on the tutorial typically get more out of it.   Our goal in providing the tutorials is to make our pre-service candidates comfortable with a SMART Board or interactive devices to be confident in using one!

Video Help Tutorials for Editing & Creating Movies


Movie Maker

Rode VideoMic Directional Microphone & Boom Kit

Rode VideoMic
The RØDE VideoMic is a professional grade 1/2" condenser shotgun microphone designed for use with consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders. Use mounted on a camera (if camera has a shoe mount) or use with our boom kit stand. Rode_VideoMic_Studio_Boom_Kit

Battery Life | Approx. 100 hours (One 9-volt battery) 
Output | 3.5mm  mini-jack
Weight | 6.2 ounces 
Rode's VideoMic information ( Quickstart Guide) ( VideoMic website)
Boom Kit information ( Set-up Guide) ( OnStage website)

Rode VideoMic Me Directional Microphone for Apple iPhone and iPad

Rode VideoMic Me
The RØDE VideoMic Me is a high-quality microphone for your iPhone or iPad, designed rode_videomicto reduce surrounding noises to focus on exactly what you're filming, making sure your videos are clear and intelligible. Contains a headphone play-through jack to monitor recording.

Rode's VideoMic information ( Quickstart Guide) ( VideoMic Me website)
Watch our 38 second test video demonstrating the sound difference achieved using the VideoMic Me!

Flip Ultra Video Camera

Flip Ultra
The ERL has 10-12 Flip video cameras available for student use/checkout.  Although the manufacturer is out of business and Flip video cams are no longer in production, you can still use ours or incorporate the ideas and ease of use with your own smart phone video camera.

Rental Period | 2 days 
Capacity | 4 GB (2 hours of video) 
Quality | VGA at 30 fps (640 x 480, H.264, MPEG-4) 
Battery Life | about 30 minutes (2 x AA batteries) 
Playback | Built-in speakers, 2" LCD screen 
Weight | 4.1 ounces 
Software | Flipshare setup via USB for Mac or Windows machines
For more information, please see the  official User Guide.
Sony HD Handycam Camcorder

Sony HD Handycam Camcorder (HDR-CX260V) 
  • 8.9 megapixel still imageSony Camcorder
  • 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • 3.0 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording
  • Up to 5 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory
  • View Instruction Manual (PDF)
Canon Vixia HD Camcorder
Canon Vixia HD Camcorder (HF R800)
Digital Still Cameras

Sony Cybershot (DSCS2100)
  • 12.1-megapixel resolution, 3x zoom lens, 3.0-inch LCD screen (230K pixels)
  • Convenient AA battery operation and memory card slot for convenient replacement
  • Easy Shooting Mode simplifies camera operation; SteadyShot image stabilization helps prevent blur
  • iAuto automatically optimizes camera settings
  • Card slot for optional Memory Stick Duo media and SD media
Nikon Coolpix (S6)
  • 6.0-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
  • 3x optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Wi-Fi capability, offering IEEE 802.11b/g support for wireless photo transfer
  • BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest shot automatically from ten sequential shots
  • Powered by lithium-ion battery; stores images on SD memory cards (20 MB internal memory included)
Digital Voice Recorder (WS110)

The WS-110 is a digital voice recorder with 256 MB of built-in Flash memory. As a mass storage device (e.g. USB flash memory drive), it can be used to transfer files from one computer to another. The USB connector is built-in, so it can connect to most computers without a separate cable. To expose the connector, remove the battery holder.

Because the WS-110M records in WMA (Windows Media Audio) format, its files are supported natively by Windows Media Player. This means Windows computers do not require additional software to download and manage the files. The earphone jack permits playback through earphones. The microphone jack accommodates accessory microphones in place of the built-in stereo microphone.

Front Row Juno Sound System

Juno Portable Sound System
The ERL has 2 Front Row Juno Sound Systems.  One is mounted in the 360C Classroom for teacher preparation demonstration and classroom use.  The other is reserved as a portable unit available for checkout.

Rental Period | 2 days 
No additional software or computer is necessary for use. Portable unit has one teacher microphone and one pass along microphone

360C classroom unit has one teacher microphone and two pass along microphones  Audio Tower

For more information, please see the  official User Guide.

Front Row/Juno Resources

wePresent Wireless Presentation System

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The ERL and the adjoining computer lab (360PH) are both equipped with wePresent Wireless Presentation Systems for demonstration and classroom use that allow users to share content from any device to Present, Interact and Collaborate.  

For more information, contact Julie Chapie, or see the wePresent Quick Start Guide
Background Kit for Photo/Video Production

Studio Backdrop Background KitGreen Screen Kit
The background kit includes:

  • carrying bag
  • Backdrop support system adjustable in height from 2.6ft-6.56ft
  • Telescoping cross bars adjustable in width from 5ft-10ft
  • White, Black and Green Chroma key 6ft x 9ft cotton muslin backdrops. 
The ERL owns a wide variety of equipment available for student use.

At the circulation desk, available for checkout, you will find the following items:

  • Dry erase kits (colored dry erase markers & eraser)
  • Elmo portable CO-10 document camera
  • Headphones
  • Microphones
  • Power cords
    • Dell Laptop
    • HP Laptop
    • iPad (30-pin & lightning)
    • MacBook
  • Presentation clickers
  • Projectors (portable and classroom)
  • Tripods (full size and portable desktop) 
  • Tripod adapters for smartphones and tablets
  • Wired computer mouse
  • Wireless keyboards
Our workroom (350D) contains equipment and creative resource items.  There is a per meter charge for laminating and rolled bulletin board paper.


The ERL also maintains an inventory of consumables for purchase such as

  • book binding supplies
  • large green scantrons
  • red scantrons
  • Blue Books
  • rolled bulletin board paper
  • construction paper
  • flash drives, DVDs and CDs
  • pencils
  • and more

Inquire at the circulation desk for all consumables.



Enhance your computer skills with these Basic Level Classes - College students are expected to have a basic knowledge & understanding of the of technology/skills necessary for their classes and future field.  If you find yourself in need of a refresher when it comes to basic computer skills, help is not far away.  Start by inquiring with the following local sources:

  • OU's Student Technology Center  (44 Oakland Center)
  • public library
  • your local school district's adult education or enrichment program center

Microsoft's Digital Literacy Courses are available online, are free and include “Computer Basics”, “The Internet, Cloud Services and World Wide Web”, “Computer Security & Privacy”, “Productivity Programs” and “Digital Lifestyles”



Investigate programs offered in surrounding municipalities such as these:

Clinton-Macomb Public Libary's Computer Classes  (Clinton Twp & Macomb Twp Residents receive priority registration)

OPC - Rochester (Ages 50+ Residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills & Oakland Township – non resident memberships available)


Feel free to inquire with Julie at the ERL Tech Support desk for any issue not addressed here.   We will continue to update this page with resources you suggest.