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Part II: How to assemble a relatively inexpensive, high-quality teaching station: Equipment buying ideas that can enhance your video conferencing experience by John Ittelson Most faculty members are not tech geeks, so when their video conference audio and video doesn’t seem quite right, they typically don’t know where to turn, especially when their tech support is already overwhelmed. This is the advice I would give to my fellow instructors for building out a relatively simple teaching station that supports remote instruction over Zoom. In short, if I was purchasing today, this is what I would buy to meet my Zoom classroom needs. SAVLB A number of colleagues have come up with what we call the SAVLB model. It stands for Space-Audio-Video-Lighting-Bandwidth. Each of these items work together to provide a high-quality teaching station. I will address each of them and then talk about how they interact together. Space: Your first consideration is the space and where you want to do remote teaching from (or spaces because you may need to move or share locations with family). The space you choose will impact your working comfort, the quality of the audio, the lighting resources you have, and your access to good Wi-Fi. So, it’s important to find a space that is relatively quiet; has a desk or table with suitable space for your teaching resources; happens to be isolated enough so you won't be interrupted by pets and/or family; and has adequate lighting that you can control, such as outdoor daytime lighting coming in from windows and bright enough internal lighting during evening hours. Ideally, your computer should be hardwired to your Internet connection, or, if not possible, located near a Wi-Fi access point for better WiFi reception. Space-related buying ideas: A rolling computer desk table - Workstream by Monoprice Gas-Lift Height Adjustable Sit-Stand Rolling Laptop Desk, Black. Perfect for laptops and general use. Boost productivity and comfort by changing work positions throughout the day by making quick and easy height adjustments. LEARN MORE Allywit Folding Computer Desk 80cm40cm Computer Desk Cart. When used in conjunction with a regular desk it enables you to work while standing, freeing yourself from disorders such as backache, and spondylitis caused by long hours sitting in the workplace. LEARN MORE Audio: If you cannot be heard, no learning can take place. Speak clearly, and having some water nearby is a must. Plus, your microphone and microphone placement is key to good audio for your students. I use a wired lavalier microphone for most of my meetings. If I will be on for many hours, I will use a headset microphone. An advantage of a boom microphone is that it stays closer to your mouth. Computers do have built in microphones that can be used, but most have poor audio quality. Audio-related buying ideas: Movo Universal Lavalier USB Microphone for Computer with USB audio Adapter. Easy to install USB lavalier microphone creates clear sound for video tutorials, video calls, and video conferencing. LEARN MORE Over Ear Boom Microphone Headset - Hands Free Omnidirectional Wired Audio Condenser Microphone Headset (needs a USB audio Adapter). Ergonomic and flexible design of the wired headset microphone gives you freedom of movement and exceptional performance. Metal frame fits comfortably for users wearing glasses, hats, or headphone. LEARN MORE Hearing your students through external speakers can be even better than ear earbuds. Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound. USB Connectivity. Audio Power Output-1.2 Horsepower. Number of Channels-2.0. Built-in Controls. LEARN MORE Reyinl 3.5mm Receiver/Listen Only Surveillance Headset with Clear Coil Tube. Reinforced earphone clip provides cable retention and eliminates strain on earphone. Ideal for high noise level environments and discrete listening. LEARN MORE Video: The camera is key. I do not recommend the camera in your computer. An external camera lets you adjust it for the best camera angle. Cameras can vary in price from under $50 to thousands of dollars. The quality of your camera (plus your lighting) will be the most important tool for your visual quality Video-related buying ideas: VDO360 1SEE 1080p USB 2.0 Webcam. This camera has high video quality at a great price. It does not have a internal microphone, but it does have a USB hub to allow plugging in a USB microphone that can work very well. LEARN MORE 25 Inch Webcam Stand - Flexible Desk Mount Clamp Gooseneck Stand. Includes mini tripod head for 360 degree rotation. Can be adjusted to get different best angles and is helpful with placement for better eye contact. LEARN MORE Lighting: The camera is key, but lighting has a major impact on how you look. I purchased two desk lamps to set on both side of my screen to give me a balanced look. Lighting-related buying ideas: MoKo Metal LED Desk Lamp with 5V 2.4A USB Charging Port, Rotatable Home Office Light. Generates soft, non- flickering light. Simply long press the button to adjust the brightness and color temperature. LEARN MORE Office Depot Brand Foam Board, 40" x 60", White. You can get a white form board to reflect light from windows to balance light on your face. Easy to cut into custom shapes or sizes. LEARN MORE Bandwidth: The quality of your internet connection will affect the quality of you video conference. Connecting your computer via Ethernet cable directly to your router or cable modem will be the best connection. If you cannot hardwire then being close to you WiFi hot spot or WiFi access point. I found this useful when I need to move my equipment around the house. Bandwidth-related buying idea: Retractable Network Cable Extender. Easily cascade the EXTNGOs to connect your devices to your home or office network. You could use EXTNGO to extend USB connections up to 100 feet utilizing USB Over Ethernet. LEARN MORE .
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Part II: How to assemble a relatively inexpensive, high-quality teaching station: Equipment buying ideas that can enhance your video conferencing experience by John Ittelson Most faculty members are not tech geeks, so when their video conference audio and video doesn’t seem quite right, they typically don’t know where to turn, especially when their tech support is already overwhelmed. This is the advice I would give to my fellow instructors for building out a relatively simple teaching station that supports remote instruction over Zoom. In short, if I was purchasing today, this is what I would buy to meet my Zoom classroom needs. SAVLB A number of colleagues have come up with what we call the SAVLB model. It stands for Space-Audio-Video- Lighting-Bandwidth. Each of these items work together to provide a high-quality teaching station. I will address each of them and then talk about how they interact together. Space: Your first consideration is the space and where you want to do remote teaching from (or spaces because you may need to move or share locations with family). The space you choose will impact your working comfort, the quality of the audio, the lighting resources you have, and your access to good Wi-Fi. So, it’s important to find a space that is relatively quiet; has a desk or table with suitable space for your teaching resources; happens to be isolated enough so you won't be interrupted by pets and/or family; and has adequate lighting that you can control, such as outdoor daytime lighting coming in from windows and bright enough internal lighting during evening hours. Ideally, your computer should be hardwired to your Internet connection, or, if not possible, located near a Wi-Fi access point for better WiFi reception. Space-related buying ideas: A rolling computer desk table - Workstream by Monoprice Gas-Lift Height Adjustable Sit-Stand Rolling Laptop Desk, Black. Perfect for laptops and general use. Boost productivity and comfort by changing work positions throughout the day by making quick and easy height adjustments. LEARN MORE Allywit Folding Computer Desk 80cm40cm Computer Desk Cart. When used in conjunction with a regular desk it enables you to work while standing, freeing yourself from disorders such as backache, and spondylitis caused by long hours sitting in the workplace. LEARN MORE Audio: If you cannot be heard, no learning can take place. Speak clearly, and having some water nearby is a must. Plus, your microphone and microphone placement is key to good audio for your students. I use a wired lavalier microphone for most of my meetings. If I will be on for many hours, I will use a headset microphone. An advantage of a boom microphone is that it stays closer to your mouth. Computers do have built in microphones that can be used, but most have poor audio quality. Audio-related buying ideas: Movo Universal Lavalier USB Microphone for Computer with USB audio Adapter. Easy to install USB lavalier microphone creates clear sound for video tutorials, video calls, and video conferencing. LEARN MORE Over Ear Boom Microphone Headset - Hands Free Omnidirectional Wired Audio Condenser Microphone Headset (needs a USB audio Adapter). Ergonomic and flexible design of the wired headset microphone gives you freedom of movement and exceptional performance. Metal frame fits comfortably for users wearing glasses, hats, or headphone. LEARN MORE Hearing your students through external speakers can be even better than ear earbuds. Logitech S150 USB Speakers with Digital Sound. USB Connectivity. Audio Power Output-1.2 Horsepower. Number of Channels-2.0. Built-in Controls. LEARN MORE Reyinl 3.5mm Receiver/Listen Only Surveillance Headset with Clear Coil Tube. Reinforced earphone clip provides cable retention and eliminates strain on earphone. Ideal for high noise level environments and discrete listening. LEARN MORE Video: The camera is key. I do not recommend the camera in your computer. An external camera lets you adjust it for the best camera angle. Cameras can vary in price from under $50 to thousands of dollars. The quality of your camera (plus your lighting) will be the most important tool for your visual quality Video-related buying ideas: VDO360 1SEE 1080p USB 2.0 Webcam. This camera has high video quality at a great price. It does not have a internal microphone, but it does have a USB hub to allow plugging in a USB microphone that can work very well. LEARN MORE 25 Inch Webcam Stand - Flexible Desk Mount Clamp Gooseneck Stand. Includes mini tripod head for 360 degree rotation. Can be adjusted to get different best angles and is helpful with placement for better eye contact. LEARN MORE Lighting: The camera is key, but lighting has a major impact on how you look. I purchased two desk lamps to set on both side of my screen to give me a balanced look. Lighting-related buying ideas: MoKo Metal LED Desk Lamp with 5V 2.4A USB Charging Port, Rotatable Home Office Light. Generates soft, non- flickering light. Simply long press the button to adjust the brightness and color temperature. LEARN MORE Office Depot Brand Foam Board, 40" x 60", White. You can get a white form board to reflect light from windows to balance light on your face. Easy to cut into custom shapes or sizes. LEARN MORE Bandwidth: The quality of your internet connection will affect the quality of you video conference. Connecting your computer via Ethernet cable directly to your router or cable modem will be the best connection. If you cannot hardwire then being close to you WiFi hot spot or WiFi access point. I found this useful when I need to move my equipment around the house. Bandwidth-related buying idea: Retractable Network Cable Extender. Easily cascade the EXTNGOs to connect your devices to your home or office network. You could use EXTNGO to extend USB connections up to 100 feet utilizing USB Over Ethernet. LEARN MORE .