We use the term Hybrid Classroom to describe a meeting that involves some people attending in person and some through video conferencing technology.

Here you will find information to help you consider different ways to facilitate a Hybrid Classroom.  At the end of each description is a link to a diagram that illustrates how we recommend using the equipment.  If you have any questions, please contact classroomtechnology@gsd.harvard.edu

Logitech Connect
These work great in small to medium-sized collaboration spaces due to their 12-foot microphone pickup radius.  The Connect is also a good camera option for video calls that feature guest speakers who may want to see a wide-angle view of the in-person audience.  It features a hi-resolution wide-angle lens that can pan, tilt and zoom x4.  This device will connect to your laptop, allowing you to run the Zoom meeting from your own computer.  Click here for a diagram.

Meeting Owl Pro
The Owl distinguishes itself with a 360-degree camera which allows remote workers to feel immersed in the meeting space.   In addition, the Owl uses AI and eight microphones to locate and focus on active speakers up to 2 meters away.  The Owl Pro features a maximum microphone pickup radius of 18 feet.  This device will connect to your laptop, allowing you to run the Zoom meeting from your own computer.  Click here for a diagram.

GSD Zoom Carts
Custom built, the Zoom Cart is a complete video conferencing appliance with an embedded computer.  This is a good option if you do not wish to use your own computer.  The user will log into and manage the zoom session from a wireless keyboard and mouse.  Each zoom cart comes equipped with a pair of microphones that should be extended onto an adjacent tabletop.  Both microphones have a 15-foot pickup radius.  Click here for a diagram.

How to capture a model during a zoom call
Standard video conferencing cameras are generally in a fixed location.  So, it helps to have a portable camera to capture a model during a zoom meeting.  Fortunately, we all have one, it’s your mobile phone!  Download the free Zoom app to your mobile phone and log in to the Zoom meeting with your HarvardKey credentials (yes you can be logged in twice to the same zoom meeting).  Once you’ve joined the zoom meeting with your mobile phone you can use the phone’s camera to provide the close-up you desire.  Click here for a diagram.