Bond with James: 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

A Few Devices I've Used During Remote Learning


In the video above, I switch between using the integrated software with external devices such as the Logitech HD Webcam C270 and Blue Microphones Snowball iCE.  Students immediately noticed the difference in quality between the two video and audio methods. According to the students, I no longer sounded like a "robot" but a "professional podcaster." Audio quality is and continues to be important in the remote setting, especially for my students who are non-native English speakers. Additionally, the Zoom call's auto-captioning function provides a more thorough closed captioning experience using the Blue Microphone Snowball iCE compared to the internal microphone. Some of my students sometimes have difficulty with their audio, and the only way they have access to the lesson is through closed captioning. Therefore, I need a microphone that can effectively capture and convey a high voice quality to the students.   


The use of an external webcam, such as the Logitech HD C270, provides my students with a clearer image to view and connect with me personally. In the clip above, the integrated webcam quality is grainy and adjusts poorly to changes in lighting.  Students noticed the difference when I made the switch to the Logitech HD C270 webcam as they reminded me of a blemish on my skin πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚and mentioned that they appreciated being able to view a clearer image as I taught. While many of the students leave their cameras off during the Zoom call, I hope that the webcam's clearer image will allow students to feel comfortable approaching me when we return to in-person instruction. 


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ability to make instructional content accessible to students.