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How to set up to teach online

Although the concept is the same, the approach and platform used to teach online is very different and, to some, quite alienating.

Many educators have now experienced the world of virtual teaching and although the concept is the same, the approach and platform used to teach online is very different and, to some, quite alienating. Here, we’ll take a closer look at how to get set up to teach online.

Some basics for setting up to teach online

  • You’ll need a smart device like a computer/laptop, tablet, or phone. Ideally, a computer or laptop because smaller mobile devices tend to have limited capabilities when it comes to using video platforms and other apps.
  • You’ll need your device to have a webcam and microphone. Most smart devices have these built-in but if yours doesn’t there are other options. If using a computer/laptop, the camera on your phone can be used as a webcam, and a plug-in microphone can be an option if you don’t have one built-in. Or a plug-in webcam is a great alternative as many come with in-built microphones too.
  • You’ll need a broadband connection. Whether you’re teaching live or sending things through to your students digitally, an internet connection is a must have. Sitting closer to or having a wired connection to the router can help improve the connection.

To make your life easier you couldalso:

  • Connect a second screen or monitor. Often when teaching online, you might end up having several different windows open (the video call, your presentation, etc.) Being able to increase your display will save you from having to minimise and maximise different windows as you need them.

And if you want to step it up:

  • A second device and tripod can allow you to setup an additional camera – one which you can position on a tripod in advance to look over a demonstration or a model removing the need to move your existing teaching setup to show it.
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