Winthrop University- Choosing a Microphone for edTPA There are several choices of microphones that you can use while filming your edTPA project. Please look at this document for some suggestions for microphones to be used while taping. Use the built-in microphone from the Canon Vixia video camera or FrontRow microphone If you are mostly concerned with hearing the audio from just yourself, then there might not be a need to check out additional microphones. There are some schools in the area that already have microphone systems in the classroom. If you have access to one of these systems, like Front Row, it works really well with the camcorder and there is no need to check out an additional microphone for yourself. In addition, if you will be speaking within 4-5 feet of the camcorder, then you will not need an additional audio source. One downfall to using the FrontRow microphone or the built in microphone is that you might hear yourself, but not the students very well. Some schools have additional FrontRow microphones for students to use, so check with your school to see if you have the option to borrow one for your recording needs. The ITC does not have any FrontRow microphones for checkout. Use the Acoustic Magic microphone This microphone is a good choice if you want to capture the sound from the entire classroom. This microphone will need to be plugged into an electrical outlet, and you will also need a long 50’ cable from the ITC so that you can place the microphone somewhere in the classroom to pick up the sound. What is special about this microphone is that it picks up sound from the entire room as shown in the image, so it should be placed on the side of the classroom. One downfall to using this microphone is that because it picks up sound from the entire room, there is sometimes a lot of background noise that it picks up as well. The ITC has 12 Acoustic Magic microphones for checkout. Use the Canon WM-V1 wireless microphone This microphone and receiver set was made specifically to work with Canon camcorders. It is wireless and will work up to about 15’-20’ away from the camcorder. The microphone can be worn on your lapel or placed on a table. The receiver plugs into the camcorder with an audio cable. The microphone and receiver connect via Bluetooth signal. When placing the microphone on a table, the range of sound is about 10’ in diameter. You might be surprised at how well this little microphone picks up the sound around it. As an added benefit, you can use up to 2 of these wireless microphones with the Canon camcorder. One can be used to pick up your voice and the other can be used to pick up the students’ voices. This is an especially good choice if you have students working in groups. If you would like to use 2 microphones at once, then you will also need to check out an audio splitter from the ITC. To use both microphones, plug both receivers into the splitter, then plug the splitter into the camcorder using an audio cable. The ITC has 52 Canon WM-V1 microphones for checkout. Winthrop University- Choosing a Microphone for edTPA Use the AudioTechnica PESH Department wireless microphone The PESH department has a few sets of wireless microphones that were purchased just for PESH students. The advantage to using these microphones is that you can use them at a longer distance from the camcorder. The lapel microphone is attached to the microphone unit and then can be attached to your shirt or placed on a table. The receiver plugs into the camcorder with an audio cable. As an added benefit, you can use up to 2 of these wireless microphones with the Canon camcorder. One can be used to pick up your voice and the other can be used to pick up the students’ voices. This is an especially good choice if you have students working in groups. If you would like to use 2 microphones at once, then you will also need to check out an audio splitter from the ITC. To use both microphones, plug both receivers into the splitter, then plug the splitter into the camcorder using an audio cable. The downfall to using this microphone is that it is only available to PESH program students. The ITC has 5 AudioTechnica microphones for checkout to PESH students only. Use the Swivl base, an iPod, and Marker (microphone) In some cases you will not need to use the Canon Vixia camcorder, and can use the Swivl camera instead. If you want to film either just a small group of students, or a very wide angle of students in the classroom, the Swivl might be a better tool for you. When using the Swivl, we suggest that you use an ITC iPod which sits in the channel in the middle of the Swivl base. The iPod connects to the Swivl via Bluetooth. There is an audio cable that runs from the iPod to the back of the Swivl to record your voice directly into the video on the iPod. The marker (microphone) can be placed in one location if you are filming just a small group, or can be worn around your neck in a lanyard. The marker connects to the Swivl via infrared signals and when paired with the swivl, the base and iPod will follow the sight of the marker to automatically move and film you. The benefit to this is if you do not have anyone to tape you. The downfall to this is if you turn your back frequently, sometimes the swivl loses sight of the marker for a few seconds and does not move to follow you. As an added benefit, you can use up to 2 of markers with the Swivl. One can be used to pick up your voice and the other can be used to pick up the students’ voices. Both markers can be paired with the swivl and you will not need any additional cables or equipment for this, other than the extra marker. If you use a Swivl, you will need to create an account with the Swivl to have access to the Swivl Cloud to upload your videos. This is a great solution for an additional backup location for your original videos. The ITC has 14 Swivls for checkout with 1 marker included, and an additional 2 extra markers for checkout. Use the Beachtek audio splitter The Beachtek audio splitter only needs to be used if you are choosing to use 2 microphones with the Canon Vixia camcorder. Use the audio cables from each receiver and plug into the R and L inputs on the front of the splitter. Use the Audio cable that came with the splitter to connect from the OUT jack to the video camera input. Be sure that the dials on the back of the splitter are turned to about 50%-75% of the highest audio setting.
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