What Equipment Do I Need for a Video Field Trip?

A Video Field Trip is facilitated by a device called a  video codec.  This equipment is basically a computer with software which takes live audio and video and compresses it into a format that can be sent over ISDN phone lines or the internet. 

In addition to the video codec, a monitor, microphone, camera and usually a cart are needed to have a videoconference. Typically the camera and microphone are included with the video codec. Existing monitors, projectors and carts can be incorporated into a conferencing solution or this equipment can be purchased a package from a videoconferencing dealer.

Below are some examples of this type of equipment including a wall mounted plasma system, a cart on wheels with an LCD, and a codec/camera integrated unit.