The 5 minute video below is a teacher’s review of a $20 lapel mic. You might also be intrigued by this product if, like me, you teach a concurrently blended course: some students are in the classroom and the rest are online. In the classroom, everyone is masked and observes a minimum 6-foot physical distancing protocol.

Challenges in this teaching scenario include:

  • my mask muffling my speech and standing far from a microphone so that the online students have a hard time hearing
  • wireless mics degrading the sound quality (yeah, I’m looking at you knockoff AirPods), including static, choppiness, and lag

Then I found this mic: