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Re: education, technology & chat (recording equipment)

Regarding the issue of recording in classrooms:
I use a Sharp mini-disc recorder and Sony ECM-MS907 microphone. I highly recommend the mini-disc: the sound is amazingly clean and they are very inconspicuous. Make sure to get one with manual voice level control (and of course a microphone jack). I haven't tried the new high density models, but they look very promising (and can double as a 1 gigabyte backup disk drive). I'm also very pleased with the microphone, though if I had a bigger budget I would have preferred a professional mike.
Hope this helps,

----- Original Message ----- From: "Phil Chappell" <phil_chappell@access.inet.co.th>
To: <xmca@weber.ucsd.edu>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: education, technology & chat


I'm about to make this a major project, especially as I'm about to hit
Sydney for a month. I'll report back on the audio side of this issue when I
can. There's more to classroom discourse than IRF, and we need to work out
ways of getting at it.

Thanks again for opening up your work for this multidimensional discussion,
ensuing battles and all!

.  It works great for interviews, and is horrible for group
discourse at a table when the rest of the class is noisy. I'm not sure if
it's the compression method or what, but I get much better audio with
cassette.  I'm looking into table mics and could benefit from anyone's

In this math case, since the discourse is IRF, there is only one person
talking at a time and i think i've got something useful.  I'll process it
tomorrow while traveling and will know better then.

Yes, the discourse is important to my study.  The challenge is capturing
something useful.