Equipment Available for Checkout
Most equipment from the LRC checks out for 3 days at a time and is available on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve equipment in advance or arrange for a longer loan period, please contact the LRC. For more information about borrowing equipment, please see the LRC policy on Circulation of Materials and Equipment.
Headsets and Microphones
Check out headsets to practice with speech recognition software, chat with a conversation partner overseas or focus on pronunciation. The LRC also has a range of microphones for audio recording projects.
Video Cameras and Tripods
Video cameras are a great tool for reflection and evaluation. Though you may feel shy at first, watching a videorecording of yourself speaking in the target language is an effective way to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Videocameras can also be used to create digital narratives in many forms, from students scripting and filming a mini-movie in the target language to community-based learning projects where students interview and edit footage to produce a short documentary. LRC computers have built-in webcams which also allow video recording.
Document Cameras and Other Portable Projection
A variety of portable projection equipment is available in the LRC to meet teaching needs in Ciruti. Use a document camera to project students' writing while engaging in peer feedback or to facilitate discussion and analysis of written text or printed images. Slide and overhead projectors are available to enable the use of these older formats when needed.
For language classes that integrate digital narrative and other multimedia projects, the LRC provides USB and external hard drives to meet their large-capacity storage needs. When available, these drives can also be loaned to other learners. The iMac computers in the LRC and Ciruti classrooms do not have optical (DVD/CD) drives, so the LRC has 2 optical drives available for burning disks and/or accessing content which is only available on disk media.
In 2009, the LRC began a research project on mobile-assisted language learning, acquiring a fleet of iPod Touches which have been used in second- and third-year Japanese language courses. When extra iPods are available, they can also be loaned to learners in other language classes.
A pen tablet can be very useful in the process of learning a new writing system. A pen tablet is available for use in the LRC; it works great with Skritter.
USB Foot Pedals
USB foot pedals greatly aid the process of transcription, a necessary but time-consuming part of qualitative research in language aquisition and classroom research. With a pedal, the researcher can control the audio by foot while keeping her hands on the keyboard to type.
When learning to type in a writing system that uses a different keyboard layout, a keyboard skin can be placed over your keyboard to show where the letters are located. The LRC has keyboard skins available for Arabic, Hebrew and Russian.
The LRC also maintains other older equipment, such as audio cassette recorders and laser disc players, to enable use and digitization of materials in these older formats.
Equipment Available for Use in the LRC
- Dual-boot computers (can be used with both Mac and Windows operating systems)
- Multiregion Blu-ray, DVD and VHS players (can play films from anywhere in the world)
- Video capture (record clips from films on DVD/VHS/TV)
- Video editing (with iMovie on Mac and Movie Maker on Windows)
- Higher-quality microphones for audio recording
- Laser printer and Onecard print-release station (black and white printing only)
The LRC has international cable on the lounge TV and the multimedia studio computers. TV programs can be recorded in the multimedia studios.