My home office

You can get a lot done in Educational Technology with just the gear you have, but a little investment goes a long way. In my case, I made a large investment, one piece at a time, over a long time, and I’ll list my own gear and my own experiences below if you are interested.


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Elgato Stream Deck

The Stream Deck is absolutely transformative for my workflow, both in teaching and in other activities. I started with the standard 15 key model, and then graduated to the 32 key model. I use it on all platforms: Windows, MacOSX and Linux.

Stream Deck XL

Stream Deck XL

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This is my main Stream Deck. 32 customizable keys, works on every platform (even Linux, with open-source software!) and fits in every workflow.

Stream Deck

Stream Deck

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The original Stream Deck. A great device. 15 customizable keys.

My teleprompter setup

Desview T3 teleprompter

Desview T3 teleprompter

A terrific teleprompter
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Neewer F100 7″ camera monitor

7″ Camera monitor

An excellent camera monitor for a teleprompter
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Lilliput A11 10.1″ camera monitor

Lilliput A11 10.1″ monitor

This is my current teleprompter monitor
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Orei 4K seamless HDMI switch

Orei 4 in 1 our seamless HDMI switch

I use this to use my camera monitor as both a teleprompter and a second monitor
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Audio (mics, interface, speakers, and headphones)

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

The perfect two-input starter audio interface
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Shure MV7 USB microphone

Shure MV7 USB

I don’t own this, but it would be my #1 recommendation for someone who wants to pay a little more for a mic but doesn’t want to invest in an audio interface
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Disclaimer: I don’t own this mic. However, not everyone wants to go overboard on gear like I have. The Shure SM7B is a legendary dynamic broadcast/podcast microphone. The Shure MV7 is designed to approach the sound of an SM7B without requiring a separate audio interface. It’s clearly not as good as an SM7B, but it is very warm and natural-sounding compared to many other entry-level desktop microphone

Earthworks Ethos condenser mic

Earthworks Ethos

An insanely good microphone
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Bubblebee Sidekick 2 earpiece

Sidekick 2 earpiece

Sidekick 3 now available.
Sidekick 3 on B&H

I really, really dislike the look of huge headsets on live streamers. The goal of remote sessions is to be hear and be heard: invisible earpieces like the Sidekick do the job without changing your natural look.

KRK Rockit G5 R4 studio monitors (pair)

KRK RP5 Rokit 5 G4

The perfect studio monitor pair
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The perfect speaker pair

Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone

Sennheiser MKH 416

The gold standard shotgun mic
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This used to be my main mic, and is still the mic I use if I don’t want a mic in the frame. However, my usual recording space is quite small, and the fan noise is often picked up by this superb mic, so I wanted something with a more localised pickup pattern


Dazzne D50 desk lights

Dazzne D50 desk lights

my main lights for recording
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I’ve used these lights for a year, and they are cheaper than Elgato lights. They work well most of the time, but once in a while one of the lights will become very bright and towards the red end of the spectrum. caveat emptor

Hue Play lights

Hue Play lights starter kit

My background lights
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These are really fun and versatile and can be controlled from the Stream Deck. I linked to the Starter Kit because a Phillips Hue Hub is required


Elgato Cam Link 4K

Elgato Cam Link 4K

The gold standard capture card
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Elgato Cam Link Pro

My desktop capture card

Internatl, 4 HDMI inputs
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BlackMagic Decklink Quad HDMI

BlackMagic Decklink
Quad HDMI capture card

An alternative to the Cam Link Pro;
I have this in my Linux desktop
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Cameras and lenses

I don’t know much about photography or videography, but I liked the auto-focus on the Sony alpha series, and I liked the smaller factor and lower prices of APS-C instead of full frame. So I am firmly in the Sony APS-C camp, with three mirrorless cameras and a mix of lenses. Delighted with the ecosystem.

Sony Alpha A6600

Sony a6600

I use this with a Sigma 16mm lens
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Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens

Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens

Lens for my main camera
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Sony Alpha A6500

Sony a6500

I use this with a Sony 18-105 lens
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I use this for my overhead camera

Sony 18-105 f/4 G OSS Lens

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens

I use this with my a6500 for overhead
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Sony Alpha A6400

Sony a6400

I use this with my Sigma 30mm F/1.4
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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens

Sigma 30mm f/1.4

A great portrait lens
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