[Athen] Remote Real-Time Captioning and Bluetooth Microphones for iPad

Berger, Eileen eileen_berger at gse.harvard.edu
Wed Aug 20 13:39:20 PDT 2014

We have used an android which have capabilities for external mics etc. Our doctoral student has brought it everywhere including travel, events, practicum placements etc.
The internal mic has worked well with the remote CART writers and there seems to be satisfaction on both ends of the equation. Eliminating phone connections has eliminated some complicated logistics in multiple settings.
It has worked really well for us.

Eileen Connell Berger
Assistant Director
Office of Student Affairs,
Access and Disability Services Administrator
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Gutman Library 124 A&B
6 Appian Way,
Cambridge, Ma. 02138
phone: 617 495 9608
fax: 617 496 8024

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Cassandra L. Tex
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:29 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Remote Real-Time Captioning and Bluetooth Microphones for iPad

Greetings All,
Has anyone used iPads for remote real-time captioning? What type of microphone (presumably Bluetooth) did you use? Was it a lapel mic or did the professor actually have to put it on his/her head? I wouldn't think the built-in microphone on an iPad would be sufficient in a classroom setting...

In the past we have used laptops with Revolabs wireless lapel microphones for remote real-time captioning. The vendor we contract with for the real-time captioning uses Skype and we've never had a problem with sound quality with our setup (wireless network, laptop with Skype, and revolabs lapel mic). However, we're looking for a more compact way to provide real-time captioning (and perhaps even using the student's own device if available). Hauling a laptop around can be cumbersome...

Would love suggestions on Bluetooth microphones that could work. What is the range of a Bluetooth microphone? How far can the person with the microphone be from the device it's paired with? It probably depends on the device, but in general, how far apart can the devices be?

Having a CART transcriber in the room is not an option. We are in a rural area and don't have folks in the area with this skill.

Cassandra Tex
Assistive Technology Specialist
Humboldt State University
tex at humboldt.edu<mailto:tex at humboldt.edu>

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