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
This is my main Stream Deck. 32 customizable keys, works on every platform (even Linux, with open-source software!) and fits in every workflow.
The original Stream Deck. A great device. 15 customizable keys.
My teleprompter setup
Audio (mics, interface, speakers, and headphones)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen
Shure MV7 USB microphone
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
Bubblebee Sidekick 2 earpiece
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)
The perfect speaker pair
Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone
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
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
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
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.