Teacher FAQs - Improve Video Quality
Here are a few suggestions for an optimal teaching experience:
- An high quality external microphone.
- A high quality external web camera.
- External speakers
- A large computer monitor.
- A wired connection to the Internet (wireless connections can be unreliable).
- An Internet connection of DSL speeds (768kbps UPLOAD connection) or better (no dial-up connections).
Test your UPLOAD speed on any of these websites:
There is much you can do to improve the quality of the audio and video. By attaching a quality microphone and webcam, you can significantly improve the quality.
We have tested many microphones and found two USB microphones which combine ease of use, quality of sound and price.
The first microphone we recommend is the Snowball made by Blue Microphones. Blue Microphones have a excellent reputation and the Snowball is the the number one selling USB wired condenser microphone on the planet. It is easy to install (just plug it in) and comes with a small stand so you can place it on a desk, table or any flat surface. You can get it at a low price here.
The second microphone we recommend is the Snowflake also made by Blue Microphones. This microphone is a step down from the Snowball but still produces an excellent sound. It is also easy to install (just plug it in) and you can also place it on a desk, table or any flat surface. You can get it at a low price here.
Most recent laptops have a webcam built in. Although these may provide an acceptable experience, attaching a quality, external webcam can provide much better quality. We have tested many webcams and have found the Logitech® Webcam Pro 9000 to have superior quality. You can get it at a low price here.