Finding the best computer for teaching ESL online is going to be one of the first decisions you make if you are looking to teach online. I’m going to go through what you want to look for and give you some options for optimal performance when you are teaching a class.
In the last article, I talked about green screens and why you might want to use them in your online classroom as well as how you would want to set them up. Now that you have an understanding of what green screens are, how they work, and how to set them up, it’s time we look at the best green screen for you as an online ESL teacher. We’re going to take a look at three different options that should work for almost every teacher out there no matter what your needs are.
Note: This is a general guide. There will be more specific guides coming later talking about specific software and the best green screens. This is intended to help you get started.
Many online ESL companies have begun to encourage their teachers to use green screens as an enhancement to their online classroom. However, many people may be unfamiliar with what exactly a green screen is and how to set one up and use it when teaching. Green screens can serve as an extremely versatile tool for you to project a wide range of backdrops and effects that will not only help you to engage your students more easily but, can also help with illustrating different concepts throughout the lesson. The great part of this is that while there can be a small learning curve, mastering the use of a green screen and the various software that it can be used with is something everyone can do. Let’s take a look at what a green screen is and how you can set one up for your online classroom.
We examine the best graphics tablets for online teachers to use in the classroom
Not everyone who gets into online English teaching will have the same goals. Some people are hoping to supplement their income. Others are looking to bring in a full-time income. There are also people who are hoping to move from just online English teaching to working in the main offices of these companies and advance their careers. The path to each of these is going to be different and structuring your working life correctly can better help you move towards your goal faster.
Antivirus software is something that is often overlooked when thinking about the things you will need for teaching English online. But, having solid antivirus software to protect your money maker is one of the better investments you can make along with your headset. Having a computer infected with a virus, malware, or ransomware can cause you to miss classes as you have to deal with poor performance issues. Even worse, you could have to take your computer into the shop for a few days. So, making a small investment in the right antivirus software is a sure step towards preventing any harmful elements from infecting your computer.
One of the first things you will need to make sure of if you want to teach English online, other than having an online TEFL certification, is that your computer meets the minimum requirements that most companies have. Let’s take a look at the various things you need to check to make sure your hardware is up to par before you start applying to companies.
Discrimination in ESL hiring practices exists in many countries popular with teachers throughout the world. It’s an unfortunate reality that many teachers and aspiring ESL teachers are going to face. This post is going to be a bit more serious in nature than many of our others. For this reason, I am going to attempt to cover the topic of discrimination in the ESL industry with an honest and objective perspective. This post isn’t going to be a judgment against specific schools or countries. Instead, I’m going to go into some of the different types of discrimination a teacher may face so that teachers can get a better understanding of the topic.
The ESL industry, like many other industries, is beginning to move online at a rapid pace. With this online move has come the desire of many teachers to work online freelancing as a tutor. However, many people are still unclear and unsure as to whether this can really be accomplished and whether or not teaching ESL online is actually a viable option for freelancers. I’m going to go into some different possible answers for this question and use my experience as an example of what is possible as well as what is not possible when working online freelancing as an ESL teacher.
If you are wondering how to become a teacher without a degree then there is no better place to begin than teaching English online. For starters, there is a lower barrier to entry in terms of the experience necessary to get started. Many online companies that are popular with new teachers will provide you with everything you need including a platform to teach from and lesson plans to teach from. This can make the learning curve significantly smaller for people looking to become a teacher without a degree.