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the one line item I requisitioned that I think is coolest is totally low tech........
By:  P. Briscoe (Non running-dog anti-imperial anti-Bush unapologist name-changer; 23803)
Posted on: 07-28-2020 23:05.
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That's the restaurant grade demonstration tables I got for Visual Arts, so that they can do live/filmed demos that require an overhead view.

The giant angled mirror is way better than a doc cam because they need these in places where putting all that tech plus a projector is just stupid. In the ceramics shops, for example. You don't want a projector there. It's too dusty. It's also a very bright environment. It's hands-on stuff-- traditionally when the instructor demos a process, everyone crowds around a table. These tables make it so you don't have to do that. You can see the action from the back of the classroom. And a mirror image is way higher resolution than any doc cam/projector combo made.

They also make it way easier to film pre-recorded or live demos for remote teaching . I got the idea from cooking shows, which often use big overhead mirrors--because it's simply easier and more flexible for the camera person to simply frame the shot by pointing the lens at a mirror instead of having to rig some complicated overhead camera mount. The kids can film the demos from their iPhones from 10 feet away. These would be great in science labs, too. But you need high ceilings.

They are about 4K apiece, but they'll still be in use decades after all the digital stuff we bought becomes obsolete.

Edited by P. Briscoe at 28.07.2020 23:09:15