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Epson Wireless Screen Sharing

Epson Wireless Screen Sharing

This article has been reposted from epson.com.au.

Epson’s new Wireless Screen Sharing device enhances your productivity by making it easier than ever to share your screen and declutter your meeting space!

1. Plug into a Laptop!

Just plug the transmitter into your laptop
To connect, just plug the transmitter into a USB port on your laptop. No need to worry about wireless settings or cables. No special software needs to be installed. No advance preparation. It’s that easy.

Automatic Start-Up
Epson’s projectors automatically turn on when it is paired with a transmitter connected to a laptop.

2. Click the Button!

Just Click and Share
One click on the app’s button and you are displaying on a big screen.

Intuitive Design
It’s simple enough that anyone can use it without special training. Multi-screen projection and screen hiding are just as easy.

3. Collaborate on the Big Screen!

Share Up to Four Screens on One Big Screen
You can share up to four screens at once on the big screen. Enhance your productivity by comparing multiple documents on the big, easy-to-view screen.

Smooth Screen Switching
Switching to the next presenter’s screen is a breeze. No more interrupting meetings to fiddle with cables or moving to a seat the cable can reach.

To learn more about Epson Wireless Screen Sharing, contact us today!

Catchbox – A Fun Microphone Kids Want to Speak Into

Catchbox – A Fun Microphone Kids Want to Speak Into

This article has been reposted from thomgibson.com.

Click here to watch a video on how the Catchbox system is used in classrooms!

When I was in the throws of hybrid learning this past semester, I put out a video on how to manage all the mics and speakers in the classroom. The biggest issue was that my at-home students couldn’t really hear in-person students. My solution at the time was to just have all my in-class kids be on Zoom and unmute themselves.  I just had to make sure I also muted my speakers when students did that so I didn’t get feedback.  It wasn’t a great solution but it was all I could come up with.

In the process of preparing for that video, I came across a company called Catchbox that made a microphone inside of a foam box that could be thrown easily from one person to another.

A FUN MICROPHONE KIDS WANT TO SPEAK INTO

I brought the Catchbox system to my classroom for the last few weeks of school and the kids loved it.  The kids at home heard everyone clearly and the kids in class all of the sudden had something to say just so they could catch the throwable microphone and speak into it!

Such a simple idea: just tossing something to a student who is about to speak can do wonders for engagement.

HOW WE USED THE CATCHBOX IN OUR FINAL STAFF MEETING

Our final staff meetings were all in-person (no one on Zoom).  We meet in a fairly large room and usually don’t need a microphone for the presenter.  We end each year by sitting in a big circle and having folks share things they appreciate and value about their colleagues. Often though, if you’re on the other side of the circle and someone is sharing, you don’t always catch everything they’re saying unless they’re loud and obnoxious like myself. Nothing’s worse than someone on the other side of the circle saying something nice about you and you can’t even hear them so you just nod and smile like an idiot.

I decided to set the Catchbox up so that way whoever had the throwable microphone would come through the sound system in the room.

If you think your classroom or school could benefit from a Catchbox, contact us today!

How to Maintain Good Microphone Hygiene

How to Maintain Good Microphone Hygiene

This article has been reposted from www.en-au.sennheiser.com.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic we assembled this note on protecting and cleaning Sennheiser/Neumann microphones and accessories. Especially for vocal and speech recordings, microphones are often used at close proximity to the mouth, possibly also by multiple users.

To reduce the risk of spreading diseases through bacteria and viruses, one or more remedies, explained in detail below, may be used:

  • ideally, have just one user per microphone (including the accessories)
  • after or before use, clean all surfaces, i.e. microphone housings, head baskets and accessories
  • leave the microphone unused for some time period
  • utilize accessories such as windshields and thin plastic film bags to add protection
Cleaning the microphone housing

For cleaning Sennheiser/Neumann microphone housings from soiling including human exhalations, you may use ethyl alcohol (ethanol) or isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol). Used as a disinfectant, typically a 70% solution is used. Apply with a disposable soft cloth, a soft brush or paper tissue. Make sure that the liquid is applied only to the outside of the microphone and does not enter the inside or the capsule.

Do not use rough materials which might scratch the surface. Do not use any solvents stronger than ethanol or isopropanol, as these might damage the surface.

Never use sprays, as these can deposit on the membrane and thus damage the microphone capsule!

Cleaning removable microphone head baskets

With some microphones, the head basket can be easily removed for cleaning. Make sure not to touch or damage the capsule!

With the head baskets containing foam windshields, remove the inner foam and clean it separately as described below.

Metal head baskets can then be cleaned also on the inside with ethanol or isopropanol. You may also immerse the head basket in clean, hot water (e.g. 70°C/160°F). Do not use the dishwasher. Let the basket dry out completely before re-assembly.

To learn a more indepth solution for microphone hygiene, click here!

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