We've been using a combination of microphones, speakers and Webcams for (somewhat) inexpensive setups for videoconferencing in classrooms.
I like this combination:
The Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 is a quality Webcam with extra advantage of fitting nicely on a microphone stand so it can easily be set to any position and swung smoothly from side to side. $44 with shipping from B and H.
The Snowball USB microphone has an omni-directional setting so it does a better job of picking up students voices from various parts of the classroom. It also looks cool. $65 from B and H.
These Bose computer speakers have adequate volume for a classroom and can also be used with a Polycom system. $90 at B and H.
Keep your microphone away from your speakers to help with the echo issue.
On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
With the increase in request for classrooms to participate in SKYPE in Education and LNV/Scopia opportunities for classroom teachers, we are trying to come up with an ideal setup for a classroom wanting to participate in these opportunities. Would love to recommendation from anyone who has a successful model.
Which peripherals should we purchase to achieve the following outcomes
1) A Web Cam that we can point to different parts of the room
2) A microphone situation that might be separate than the webcam so it can also be moved to pic up a speaker from different parts of the room
3) Speakers that would work for a classroom (preferably a double classroom) -seems that many classrooms are doubling up for these event
4) SETUP config info that PROVIDES no feedback echo
5) Cost that fits in a classroom budget ;-(
Looking to equip a PC, but if
someone can advise either PRO or CON on using an iPad for Skype events of this nature, that would be great.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated
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