orange background with keyboard and headphones

Teaching Online Equipment

There are a few basic items that you need to get started teaching online.

At the very minimum you need a computer (desktop or laptop) that has a built-in or external webcam.

You will also need a headset with an attached microphone, as well as a stable internet connection.

You should have good lighting when you are teaching, as well so that the students can see you clearly.

In addition, we recommend that you have a few other key items such a:

a professional background
a whiteboard
flash cards

And for teaching children, you might need:

finger puppets
a reward system 

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Logitech H110/H111 headset

If you’re on a budget this headset is a perfect pair to get you started teaching online

headphones with microphone for teaching english online

Mpow USB Headset

If you want some additional controls for your headset, check this one out.

headphones with microphone for teaching english online

Turtle Beach Recon 200

If you want to take a deep dive into teaching English online this pair of headphones has got it all.

headphones with microphone for teaching english online


Microsoft HD-3000 web cam with built-in microphone

If you want a webcamera that will display an HD picture without breaking the bank choose this one. It also has a build-in microphone which means that you won’t need a headset if you don’t want to. Score!

wemcam for teaching english online

Logitech C920S HD web cam with built-in microphone

This Logitech webcam is super flexible. It has an HD camera so that your students will see you perfectly, and it also comes with a built-in microphone that you can use instead of a headset!

wemcam for teaching english online


Peel and stick world map wall sticker

Easy and fun background to set up and move around. Perfect for when you’re traveling or don’t want to make holes in your wall!

world map wall sticker

World map poster

A world map poster to brighten up your background.

world map poster

White paper roll

If you don’t have a plain wall at home, you can use this big sheet of paper to put behind you for a professional look. You can buy a stand to put it on, or fasten it directly on a wall with some pins or tape.

Tip: If in a pinch, you can always use a white sheet as a background!

white paper roll background for filming


Self-adhesive whiteboard for walls

Can stick to any wall and is easy to pack if you’re on the move

self adhesive whisteboard for teaching english online

Magnetic table-top whiteboard with the alphabet

Magnetic whiteboards are perfect for when you want to be able to stick rewards and fun magnets onto your whiteboard

magnetic whiteboard for teaching english online

Other resources

Finger and hand puppets

There are loads of different ones to choose from!

finger puppets to use in teaching online lessons


Alphabet flashcards for teaching very young learners.

alphabet flashcards for teaching young learners

Phonetics flashcards for helping your students with their pronounciation

phonics flashcards to use for teaching english online

Play food

Perfect for when you’re teaching about different foods.

play food used for teaching english online

Magnetic dress-up dolls

Magnetic dolls are perfect for learning about clothes. You can find both girl and boy dress-up dolls and there are even ones for different occupations.

dress up doll

Other helpful resources

Mobile phone holder

This will make your life easier if you’re teaching using your mobile phone.

mobile phone holder for teaching english using your phone

Laptop stand

If you will be working on your laptop for multiple hours a day, a laptop stand will save your back and neck.

laptop stand for when working on your laptop

Fellowes Lunar Laminator

If you’re planning on creating your own resources, you might want to laminate them so that they will last for many lessons to come.

home laminator printing

Reward systems

Magnetic stars

Stars work for both children and adults. If you’ve got a magnetic whiteboard you can easily put them there.

Tip: If you don’t want to use magnets you can always use stickers!

magnetic stars with smiley face

Magnetic animals

You can also use animal magnets or stickers as rewards. An extra bonus for the repetition of animal names!

magnetic animals to use as rewards

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