Wednesday, August 14, 2013

iPad Headset Adapter

Good Morning Online Faculty!

I'm going to take a short break from iPad Apps this week and share with you a technology tip I received from Brian Craig, Online Legal Program Chair, as we prepare for our iPads.  To be able to still use your headsets with your iPad for various audio and video initiatives, you will need to get an adapter.  Brian has found this one to be a strong option if you currently use a headset with traditional microphone/headphone dual jack connections.  He also shared with me that he is using this adapter for a new lap top he has because the new lap top only offers a single microphone and headphone jack.

If you have a USB port headset like I do, you will need a different type of adapter.  From the research I've conducted and from my own experience, the Camera Connection Kit accessory for the iPad can be a viable option for you.  Here is additional information on it.  It is important to note that it may not work with all USB headsets and that Apple doesn't support this accessory beyond the Camera functionality, but from what I've read on a number of tech sites, it is a solid option for many USB headsets.

Obviously you will still have your own computer options to continue to use for audio and video functions within your online classes as the iPad will be an additional tool and resource for you to use but won't replace your computer needs; however, if you are looking to be able to use your iPad with added audio and video capabilities these might be some accessories you may want to explore more for yourself.  These are entirely optional and not at all required, but I thought the information may be helpful to some of you.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Heather Thomton-Stockman
Online Instructional Specialist

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