We're using Skype to help reunite residents in a long-term care facility with family members who cannot travel to the campus. The residents will be in a room with a projector and a laptop with Skype and the webcam. The problem will be picking up their voices. They'll be about 15 feet from the webcam and it's not picking up their voices well.
What would be a good microphone that would be able to pick up the residents' voices, without too much background noise, and not break the bank? I'm shooting for around $100. This would need to plug into a laptop or sound card (1/8" headphone jack).
I'd like not to have to move anything but the resident. By that I mean I don't want to have to move one of those cheap-o computer microphones in front of them or relocate anything computer-related. I'm not looking at headsets at this point, although we may need to consider this if a good microphone can't be found.