Ready, Set, Teach: Your Comprehensive Online Teaching Starter Kit

Online teaching starter kit
Ready, set, teach
Jessica Jatau
Jessica Jatau

Now that we have embarked on the exciting journey of online teaching and chosen a niche, let’s delve into the starter kits needed for online teaching.

In our previous blogs, we’ve talked about some of the vital steps to making money online as an online school teacher, including creating content, promoting your classes, and the benefits of teaching online.

Now let’s discuss starter kits, shall we?

Whether you're a seasoned pro transitioning to the virtual world or a newbie eager to make your mark, setting up your online classroom is an essential first step. But fear not, because you don't need a Batcave full of gadgets to get started.

This guide will equip you with the ultimate online class starter toolkit, focusing on the key elements that'll make your virtual lessons engaging and effective—all without breaking the bank!

Devices to get you started with teaching online.
Jessica Jatau
Jessica Jatau
  • Laptop (your teaching companion): Your laptop is your canvas for creativity. Choose a reliable laptop with good processing power; you'll juggle multiple applications like lesson plans, presentations, and video conferencing software. Most importantly, ensure a decent battery life to avoid those dreaded mid-lecture power outages (we've all been there!).
  • Headset (hear and be heard): Crystal clear audio is crucial. Invest in a comfy headset with a built-in microphone. This ensures your voice reaches your students loud and clear, reducing background noise and those awkward "Can you repeat that?" moments.
  • Webcam (say cheese!): Unless your laptop has a built-in superstar webcam, a good webcam helps you connect with your students on a whole new level. It’s like bringing the energy in person that will make you feel like you’re right there in the classroom.
  • Lighting (shine bright): Good lighting is often underestimated, but it can dramatically improve your video quality, it makes you polished and put-together, fostering a sense of trust and respect in the virtual classroom. Natural light is ideal, but if that's not an option, invest in a simple desk lamp to illuminate your face and avoid those shadowy, "mysterious teacher" vibes.
  • Internet Connection (the lifeline of online teaching): This one's a no-brainer. A reliable internet connection is required for smooth online teaching. Imagine the frustration of a lesson interrupted by lagging videos or poor audio?! Don't let it derail your lessons, make sure to have a reliable internet connection that can handle the demands of online teaching without skipping a beat. If possible, connect your computer to the router using an Ethernet cable for a more reliable connection.
  • Laptop Stand (save your neck & back): Looking down at your laptop all day can wreak havoc on your posture. A laptop stand elevates your screen to eye level, promoting better ergonomics and preventing aches and pains. Giving you control over your teaching set up. A win-win for you and your online classroom.
  • Background (set the stage): Your background sets the tone for your online classroom. A clean, clutter-free space is ideal. You can add a personal touch with plants, bookshelves, or even inspirational quotes. These can create a welcoming learning environment. If privacy is a concern, you can also incorporate a virtual background that reflects your teaching style or subject.
  • Props & Teaching Tools (show & tell): Visual aids are a powerful tool in any classroom, and the online world is no exception as they enhance students' engagement and comprehension. Think whiteboards, flashcards, or even 3D models.

Remember:

  • Test, Test, Test: Before your class, take some time to test your equipment and ensure everything is working smoothly to avoid technical glitches during your live sessions.
  • Experiment: Experiment with different tools and teaching techniques to discover what works best for you and your students.
  • Have Fun: Let your personality shine through. Infuse your lessons with humor, enthusiasm, and creativity. After all, passionate teachers create engaged students.

Bonus Tip: Consider using a virtual classroom platform like Klas that offers built-in tools, allows you to go live, take polls, and has chat functionalities. These features can further enhance your teaching and make online learning a truly interactive experience.

With this online class starter toolkit in hand, you're well on your way to conquering the virtual classroom. tryklas today.







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