Our teaching labs had a combination of old 3.5mm jack microphones that plugged in via the sound cards. Having already installed a few web cameras into these spaces it was a logically conclusion to investigate using the web cam + microphone to replace the older technology. We need microphones for all the PCs without introducing extra management elements;
Logitech c210 Webcam + microphone
The Logitech c210 Webcam 640 X 480 pixels, built-in microphone, USB 2.0 connection (RRP AU$40, but can be purchased for much cheaper) is a cheap but effective way of providing a USB web camera and USB microphone into the teaching labs.
* Q.217 has 28 x c210 deployed, includes presenter
* Q.214 has 31 x c210 deployed, includes presenter
(Q.213/MultiMedia Lab has 11 x Logitech USB desktop microphones deployed)
The microphones appear as “Microphone (Webcam c210)” – in the Audacity preferences and tool bar in this case.