On her end, she has a computer with a web cam and a tech savvy father. On our end, we will get whatever we need to make this work.
Some factors to consider:
- We want the student to have as rich an experience as possible.
- She will be able to see and hear and speak, but she is not able to type or use the mouse on her own.
- She is an elementary students and her class is a mostly self-contained so we only need to set up one classroom with AV equipment.
- The classroom has a data projector and the teacher's computer has a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. The computer's sound can be broadcast through wall speakers. The classroom also has a PA system with an amplifier and a wireless mic.
- We are installing Skype, and hopefully I will soon have a Yugma account. We have web cams and video cameras.
- There is an aide in the classroom who can run the camera. She can switch the focus from the teacher to the whiteboard to the students as needed.
- I don't know if our web cam (or any web cam) has enough focal depth to be able to see the whiteboard or to refocus on people at different distances.
- A video camera would probably be a better choice in terms of focal length and picking up voices across the room. However, I don't know if our computers or their computers could handle the data stream.
- The teacher would like her to be able to read the whiteboard at times when it is crucial to the lesson.
- This needs to be stable. If it is bogging down or crashing, it will get in the way of instruction.
Will either of these work? Do you have a better solution to suggest? Any ideas on how to tweak either of these options for optimal performance? Please let me know. I dearly want to make this work and make it work soon.