Teaching Online means you you depend on your tech and you depend on it to work right, every time! These are a few of my favorite products in the teach arena. I’ll add more as we go along.
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You are going to be wearing these headsets for long stretches so you have to have something comfy. Look for gaming headsets that go around your ear, rather than sitting on the ear. A USB connection works best on a computer. You also need a noise-cancelling mic with mute button. This comes in handy if you need to cough or yell at your kids! Here are 2 good options.
Corsair Void PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset $59.99 with free shipping.
I love this headset! I wear it for hours on end and it doesn’t hurt my ears. It’s a gaming headset so it’s light but it has a noise-cancelling mic and great sound. It has a headset connection but comes with an adaptor to plug it in to a USB port on your computer. It has a mute button and volume toggle on the left ear and the mic lights up red if it is muted. How many times have I gone into class with my mic muted? This reminds me to unmute. When you’re ready for a really good headset, choose this one.
Mpow EG10 Gaming Headset $21.99 Prime
Economy headset that gets the job done at a great price! It has the mute control on the cord and has a USB connection and headset connection.
Webcams and Lighting
If your camera built into your computer is not clear or bright enough, first, clean the lens (yes, really, it could be that simple). If that doesn’t work consider investing in an external camera. Many times they are much brighter.
Logitech C270 Desktop or Laptop Webcam, HD 720p Widescreen for Video Calling and Recording $19.99 Prime
I used this one for a while until I got my new computer. Great quality image and brightness.
QIAYA Selfie Light Ring Lights LED Circle Light Cell Phone Laptop Camera Photography Video Lighting Clip On Rechargeable $12.99 Prime
This ring light clips on to your camera to give you great lighting on your face. It runs on a battery and plugs in to a USB port on your computer to recharge. Many people swear by these lights.
LED Ring Light 6″ with Tripod Stand for YouTube Video and Makeup, Mini LED Camera Light with Cell Phone Holder Desktop LED Lamp with 3 Light Modes & 11 Brightness Level (6″) $19.99 Prime
This ring light has it’s own tripod and comes with some filters to soften the light a little or give it slightly different colors. It also plugs into your computer for power but doesn’t have a battery.
Neewer (2) 33″ 83cm Photography Studio Flash Translucent White soft Umbrella $16.99 Prime
I was using a photography light with LEDs and it was too harsh. I got these photography umbrellas and it softens and filters the light to give you just the right coverage.
Other Tech Stuff
Installer Parts 100 ft. Ethernet Cable $16.99 Prime
You really need to be plugged into your router by Ethernet cord for the best, most stable connection. This is a 100′ Ethernet cord. Long enough to run through the whole house, then roll it back up and use wifi the rest of the day. Available in multiple colors