I’m currently anticipating a return to school in September — or possibly earlier for primary schools — where we’re going to be doing hybrid teaching. I expect that even when schools open again fully, we’ll still have a large number of students and teachings distance learning.
To deal with that I’m looking to install cameras into some or all classrooms. I’ve look at several options, including giving each teacher a cheap webcam to use during lessons and connect up to their Surface. But the best, but not the cheapest option I’ve found is the Meeting Owl. It’s a table top, 360 degree camera that tracks audio. So when the teacher is talking, the image focuses on the them, when a student is talking, the view shifts to the student automatically.
I haven’t been able to test it in a live classroom yet, for obvious reasons, so I don’t know how successful it will be in the “real world”. But it looks like a possible option.
I really like that there’s no moving camera in the Meeting Owl. It films a 360 degree panorama and then crops to just the bit it needs by facial recognition. Really clever stuff.
Anyone else got any similar ideas or thoughts? I’d appreciate your input.