Audio Amplifier

Many classrooms, especially lecture halls, use this item to amplify voice, laptop computers, DVD's & VHS videotapes.

Autoslide Projector

This item projects 35MM slides.

Blue-ray Player

This machine plays blu-ray, DVD, and compact discs.

Bookshelf Stereo System

This item allows the user to play 33 1/3 and 45 RPM vinyl records, CD's, audio cassettes, and FM radio.

Camcorder (instructor use) [Kodak]

This high def camcorder is used by faculty to record student presentations. It comes with 36 GBs of memory on a SD card for hours of record time. It connects easily to a wireless mic for improved audio. It also comes with a USB for downloading videos to one's computer.

Camcorder (prosumer HD digital) [Canon]

This item records high definition audio and video which is easily transferred to the user's computer using its built-in USB port or inserting its SD card directly into the computer.

Camcorder (student use) [Flip]

This camcorder records both audio and video as digital .avi files which are easily transferred to student computers using a built-in USB port.

Digital Stills Camera

This item takes digital pictures.

DVD/VHS Player

This item allows the user to play both DVDs and VHS videotapes.


This item combines earphones and a microphone and is commonly used (but not limited to) with software called Camtasia. Headsets are available through Center for Teaching and Learning [Harden 106].


The iClicker Student Response System enables students and faculty to interact dynamically through question-and-answer polling in various group settings. Built by educators for educators, instructors using iClicker experience enhanced student engagement, more contingent and misconception teaching opportunities, and real-time measurement and assessment of student understanding. iClickers are available through Center for Teaching and Learning [Harden 106].

Interactive Display

This item mirrors what is displayed on the user's computer screen but can be manipulated with a stylus and saved for later viewing.

Interactive Whiteboard

The interactive whiteboard uses touch detection for user input – e.g. scrolling, right mouse-click – in the same way normal PC input devices, such as a mouse or keyboard, detect input. A projector is used to display a computer's video output on the interactive whiteboard, which then acts as a large touch screen. The interactive whiteboard typically comes with four pens, which use digital ink and replace traditional whiteboard markers.

LCD Projector (high definition)

This item projects high resolution widescreen stills and motion video from the user's laptop computer and media player.

MacBook to VGA Adaptor

This adaptor allows MacBook computers issued since 2009 to connect to LCD projectors via a VGA cable.

Microphone (classroom)

This item is used to amplify your voice and is accomplished by using a microphone that clips to your lapel along with a self-amplified speaker which straps to your waist.


Microphone (conference)

This item allows more than one person to be recorded at the same time without the microphone having to move about.

Microphone (lecture hall)

This item allows for the user to be heard over a robust sound system for a large audience.


Microphone (wireless for camcorder)

This item is pinned to the presenter for improved audio recording.

Microphone (wireless for laptop)

This item uses your laptop's USB port for easy plug and play wireless microphone use.


Podcast Recording Kit

This item records digital audio mp3 files that can then be easily uploaded to NMU Wildcast or iTunes U.

Portable Presentation Station

This multi-purpose portable cart comes equipped with a LCD projector, DVD/VHS player, and speakers.

Projection Screen

This item is a standard portable pull-down 8 foot screen on tripod legs.

SWIVL Personal Cameraman

Shoot great-looking video of yourself with your iPhone, iPod touch, or pocket camera with Swivl. Using a wireless marker, this device automatically follows you horizontally and vertically, and features an integrated microphone for CD-quality sound.

Tablet [Galaxy Tab]

Tablet computers are used primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, apps and web content. A tablet's size and weight fall between those of contemporary smartphones and laptop computers. The tablet is controlled by a multi-touch display and has a virtual onscreen keyboard. The tablet accesses the internet through WiFi and can easily be connected to a TV using S-VGA or HDMI using corresponding adaptor. 

Verizon has donating a number of Android tablets to NMU. The 20 Samsung Galaxy 2 tablets are available for departments and faculty to check out from the Center for Teaching and Learning (Harden 106). The tablets are to be used for educational use, and documentation of the projects for which they are used is required as part of this program. Review these NMU Tablet Check-Out Guidelines for details.

Transparency Projector

This equipment projects transparent images to a screen or wall.


This equipment is used to mount cameras and camcorders on.

Turntable / Record Player

Connected to an audio amplifier, this equipment acts as a record player.

TV / DVD / VHS combo

This combines a television with integrated DVD and VHS players.

Video Converter

This device allows the user to convert video from VHS videotapes and DVD's to digital .MPEG files on the user's laptop as long as there is no copyright protection on source media.

Visual Presenter / Document Camera

Very similar to a document camera, this camera captures high definition quality still and motion video digitally. Great for displaying 3D objects. Comes with SD memory card.


This equipment connects to your computer and allows you to capture digitally pictures and motion video. Some webcams have built-in microphones.


Standard portable white board.

Wireless Presenter

This wireless remote allows for remote control of Windows PowerPoint slides. It also has a built-in laser pointer. It connects via a USB port.

Writing Tablet

This item provides a hard surface on which to write on that is displayed on the user's computer screen and can be saved digitally.