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Here’s What I’m Using As An External Microphone For My iPhone5

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As most teachers know, the internal microphone in any iPhone just doesn’t cut it for student presentations – the audio is too weak.

I had found a great external mike that worked perfectly with my iPhone 4, but, no matter what the manufacturer might claim, it doesn’t work with my iPhone 5.

After a lengthy search, I concluded that Rode Smartlav Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones would work best, and it seems to have been a good choice. It’s a “lapel mike,” so it’s not ideal, but I just either leave it on a table in front of students presenting or, when I’m videotaping one student, just have them hold it. It works fine, and it’s simple to use. Plus, it’s relatively inexpensive (at least compared to other options).

Has anyone found anything better?

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Hello Mr. Ferlazzo. I am an Elementary Education major at the University of South Alabama. In my EDM 310 class we have been looking at different ways to engage students in the classroom and use technology to better teach. This looks like a very helpful tool when recording students. I never thought about how weak the iphone’s audio can be. I will definitely remember this tool for when I start my teaching career.

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