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
And for teaching children, you might need:
a reward system
If you’re on a budget this headset is a perfect pair to get you started teaching online
If you want some additional controls for your headset, check this one out.
If you want to take a deep dive into teaching English online this pair of headphones has got it all.
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!
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!
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!
A world map poster to brighten up your background.
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!
Can stick to any wall and is easy to pack if you’re on the move
Magnetic whiteboards are perfect for when you want to be able to stick rewards and fun magnets onto your whiteboard
There are loads of different ones to choose from!
Alphabet flashcards for teaching very young learners.
Phonetics flashcards for helping your students with their pronounciation
Perfect for when you’re teaching about different foods.
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.
This will make your life easier if you’re teaching using your mobile phone.
If you will be working on your laptop for multiple hours a day, a laptop stand will save your back and neck.
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.
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!
You can also use animal magnets or stickers as rewards. An extra bonus for the repetition of animal names!