August 15, 2020

TEACHING ENGLISH ONLINE - RESOURCES

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

MY PREFERRED ONLINE TEACHING TECH

HotSpot

Even though my Internet at home is reliable most of the time, I have had a couple instances that it just stopped randomly for hours. This device saved me from cancelling classes. I would use my cellphone's HotSpot feature, but my cell signal isn't the greatest at home, so I have a HotSpot device, from a different service provider, JUST IN CASE.

Ethernet Cable

I highly recommend that you use an Ethernet cable to connect your laptop or computer directly to your modem/router. Doing this will help make your Internet speed not only faster, but more consistent when compared to WiFi. In fact, VIPKID highly recommends this and they actually asked me if I had an Ethernet cable during my interview. Which I did. Because my classroom is a long way away from my modem, I have a 100 foot Ethernet cable that I got off of Amazon. (No you don't have to get one that long)

'Beginner' Headset

Even though my Internet at home is reliable most of the time, I have had a couple instances that it just stopped randomly for hours. This device saved me from cancelling classes. I would use my cellphone's HotSpot feature, but my cell signal isn't the greatest at home, so I have a HotSpot device JUST IN CASE.

'Upgraded' Headset

Even though my Internet at home is reliable most of the time, I have had a couple instances that it just stopped randomly for hours. This device saved me from cancelling classes. I would use my cellphone's HotSpot feature, but my cell signal isn't the greatest at home, so I have a HotSpot device JUST IN CASE.

Elbow Pad

For real, this is kind of a big deal! I NEVER would have thought that this would be an issue, but after thousands of hours spent teaching online... it is, in fact, a big issue! This elbow pad is worth getting in my opinion.

External HD Webcam

I personally have a great HD internal webcam on my MacBook Pro, however, this is a great external HD webcam that I see people in the community using and the reviews on it seem to verify the quality as well. I think that this would be the webcam I would get if my laptop didn't have such a good internal one.

Easy Switch Webcam Cover

This is another little thing that I didn't know how awesome it was until I had it. When I enter a classroom early, I don't want to have the webcam on me until it is actually time to start the class (even if I'm early by only 30 seconds). With this little cover, I can switch it over in like one second. It's by no means a "necessity", but it will come in handy as you start teaching more and more classes... especially when you're early to class (which I always recommend).

Classroom Background

You can absolutely make your own background with as little as a map, some cut-out apples and a few other printable things, but I personally wanted to just get a portable background made that I could easily hangup, move, or change altogether. It was an easy thing to design over at VistaPrint and they often times have discounts going on (especially for first-time shoppers).

Classroom Lighting

Proper lighting can make a big difference for your classroom setup and for your student's overall experience when they're in your virtual classroom. When I first started, I just used bright white bulbs in two lamps with the shades taken off, but now I use two of these soft boxes because it's less stressful on my eyes and illuminates me and my classroom extremely well (without getting hot either). Again, this isn't a must and isn't top priority, but is something to think about down the road.

VIPKID SPECIFIC RESOURCES

SHOPTEACHERCHELSEY Apparel

Yes this is a plug for my shop, but I've created VIPKID themed shirts that are fun and unique. No, you do not need any specific shirt to teach for VIPKID. I just wanted to create some designs that matched my personality and would be fun to wear both in class and in the real world.

SHOPTEACHERCHELSEY Randomness

Aside from apparel, I also have mugs and tote bags that I personally find cute and freaking awesome. Feel free to check them out as well.