Interactive Display Pilot Fall 21/Spring 22

ITSS Academic Technology Team is hosting a limited pilot of interactive display technologies for Fall 2021 and Spring 22.

  • Samsung Flip Display: A digital interactive monitor that can serve as an interactive whiteboard and touch-screen. These have been installed in Marshall W Alworth Hall (MWAH) 191, Bohannon 108, Humanities 470, Humanities 484, Kirby Plaza 312, & Solon Campus Center 120.
  • Epson Interactive Display: An interactive projection and whiteboard system has been installed in Heller Hall 306, Voss Kovach Hall 201, and Swenson Science Building 115.

Those curious about this technology can set up an appointment with an Academic Technologist for a quick demonstration or consultation.

Samsung Interactive Display Demonstration

Samsung Flip 2

Display Operation

Interactive Display Screen Menus to import/export & Draw
  1. Import and Export Menus: Click on the arrow to open the "Import and Export" Tab.
  2. Drawing Tools and Settings: Add Layers, Choose highlighters, pens, brushes, backgrounds, cropping tools.
  3. Roll Slider:& Similar to a film roll, users can slide left and right to have additional space to write and annotate.

The Samsung Flip has a prominent power button located on the front of the Display. When the device is on, it will be highlighted in white.

There are two connecting cables that link the Samsung Display to your laptop:

  1. USB Control Cable labeled "Interactive"
  2. HDMI - Video & Audio Cable

These can either be connected directly to your device, or through a USB Hub.

USB & HDMI Cable

Display your laptop on the interactive display

  1. Check the power button on the front of the device. If it is not lit in white, you can press and hold to turn it on.
  2. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on the Import/Export Tab (Image seen below)Tab display for Samsung Import menu
  3. In the Import/Export menu (seen below), Select PC.Import Menu for Samsung Display - users should click on PC to import their device
  4. Select "HDMI 1". A live connection is indicated by a Green Check box.Screen Share Image indicating a Wired Connection is Available

The Samsung Flip can be viewed on other larger screens around the classroom by the following operation.

  • On either side of the screen, click on the tabs to open "Import/Export" 
  • Select the Export > Screen Share > HDMI 1 >  Wired
  • On classroom podium, look for the Black Control Panel, a panel with 8 buttons on it.
  • Select the button labeled "INT" or "Interactive Display". The Samsung Flip should appear on the room's other displays.
  1. Insert your USB Thumb Drive into the middle port on the front panel.

USB Drive inserted into center USB port

  1. Select the IMPORT Tab located on the far left side of the Screen.
  2. Select USB
  3. Find the Appropriate file to import/view. 

Drawing and Erasing

  • A stylus is required to operate the Samsung Display drawing functions. These stylus are magnetized and can be stored on the side panels of the displays.

Samsung writing stylus feature a thinner point pen side and thicker wide highlight tip

  • You can also use a wooden dowel as a writing device or a third party stylus

Use your hand or fingertips to erase lines and images.

Located on the bottom of the display, The Drawing Tools Menu enables instructors and student to markup and draw on the screen.  A listing of tools includes:

Drawing Tool Menu options number 1-10
  1. Pen/Brush Mode - Choose between Pen, Marker, Brush
  2. Color Wheel - Choose from a palette of colors
  3. Math Tools - a collection of precision measuring and drawing devices.
  4. Crop
  5. Undo
  6. Redo
  7. Change Roll - Advances background for a clean canvas to draw on
  8. Add Layer - provides a transparent sheet that covers the entire screen to draw upon
  9. Create a New Blank Page
  10. Search the Internet
  11. Advanced Settings

Sharing Interactive Display with Zoom

When using Zoom to share a screen, you can use Zoom's Whiteboard to will allow you to write and draw for inperson and virtual audiences. 

  1. Connect the HDMI Cable and Interactive Display USB.
  2. Open a Zoom Session on your laptop
  3. In Zoom, select "Share Screen";
  4. Select the "Whiteboard feature.Whiteboard Option in the Zoom Share Menu

You can use the PowerPoint annotation tools to mark up your slides on the interactive display in the classroom and Zoom.

  1. Connect your laptop to the HDMI and Interactive Display USB.
  2. Open your Zoom Session.
  3. Select "Share Screen" then, select either PowerPoint or the Desktop you want to share.
  4. Present your Powerpoint in full-screen mode.
  5. In presentation mode, you can utilize the PowerPoint Annotation Tool menu The Annotation menu has different options for annotation types, colors and widths. 1. Rewind slide, 2. annotate. 3. closed caption on/off 4. Options 5. Advance Slide
  6. Use the Interactive Display to write on and markup slides.

Epson Interactive Display

Epson Brightlink Components


The projection system uses a proprietary whiteboard that serves as the boundary of the screen and provides a stable surface to draw and annotate on.

Touch Interface Pens

The Epson Interactive Display can be operated by a finger. You can also take advantage of two interactive pens in the classroom.

Diagram of Pen showing: Tip, Battery light, Function button, attahment for strap

Pens can be found in the convenient holder located on the white board adjacent to the projector.

Photo: Pen holder with 2 pens in it.

The Epson Brightlink Interactive Display enables users to:

  • Write on a digital whiteboard
  • Control a computer from the white board
  • Annotate on a laptop screen 
Epson Interactive Screen

Connecting your laptop

The Classroom Podium will feature two cables needed to operate the Epson Display

  1. USB labeled "Inter" (short for interactive)
  2. HDMI (Video and Audio Cable)

Photo: USB and HDMI cables that plug into your device

Photo: 1. USB Interactive cable

Drawing and Interacting

​​To switch to PC Interactive mode:

  • Connect your laptop with the HDMI Cable and Interactive USB Cable.
  • Click on the PC Interactivity icon on the toolbar.  
  • Interactive Control mode on

When Interactive Mode is enabled, it is not possible to annotate and write on the displayed computer visual.

  1. Project an image from a connected device by connecting the HDMI Cable and Interactive USB to your device.
  2. Turn off the Computer Control Mode.
Laptop Interactive Control in Off Mode

You will see the drawing toolbar on the bottom of the projected image.

Epson Interactive Screen with Toolbar on bottom portion of screen

You can move the toolbar to the right, left, top, or bottom of the screen, use the pen or your finger to drag it to the desired location.

For best performance, hold the pen perpendicular to the board, as shown below. Do not cover the black section near the tip of the pen.

Hold Epson Interactive Pen perpendicular to the screen

To write or draw on the projection surface in built-in Annotation mode or built-in Whiteboard mode, do the following:

  • To select a projected item, such as an icon, tap the projection surface with the pen tip.
  • To draw on the projected screen, tap the projection surface with the pen and drag it as necessary.
  • To move the pointer, hover over the surface without touching it.
  • To switch the pen from drawing tool to eraser or a different function, press the button on the side.