Equipment Available for Checkout
Most equipment 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, evaluation and creativity. Video cameras can be used to record your progress in speaking languages, create a variety of digital narratives: mini-movies, short documentaries or tutorials. LRC computers also have built-in webcams which also allow video recording.
For language classes that integrate digital narrative and other multimedia projects, the LRC provides USB and external hard drives to meet large-capacity storage needs. When available, these drives can also be loaned to other learners. 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.
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 acquisition and classroom research. With a pedal, the researcher can control the audio by foot while keeping her hands on the keyboard to type.
Students may use a keyboard skin to learn how to type in writing systems with different keyboard layouts. Available in Arabic, Hebrew, and Russian.
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 softwares (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.