Teach from Home - Remote Teaching Tools & Tips

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Setting up a teaching space with whiteboard

Your Teaching Space

THE CHALLENGES

BEING HEARD

Background noise can seriously impact your lessons. Find out how to cut the noise and keep students engaged.

BEING SEEN

Getting the light just right ensures students can see you—even if they’re learning from an old smartphone.

GETTING PREPARED

The last thing you need is to run out of battery life in the middle of a lesson.

THE SOLUTIONS

Person using headset to teach in an open kitchen

CUT THE NOISE

Noise can be a serious barrier to learning, and some sometimes it’s hard to avoid—like when your housemate decides to make smoothies at 10am. Here are some ways to be heard better.

Crank it. Keep your volume 3x louder than your background. 

Take note. Put up a poster or a sticky note so others know you’ve got a class  in session. 

Use a noise-cancelling headset. So you can stay focused on the lesson, and give students a visual cue that you’re in the same unpredictable circumstances as they are.


Tools:

Teaching with video conferencing using natural light

Shine Some Light

When teaching online, clarity is important—it gives students a better sense of your body language and nonverabal communication. Here’s how to get the lighting just right and emulate a classroom environment.

Position light in front of you so you’re well-lit and the center of attention. Lighting from the back will make you seem like a dark silhouette.

Limit natural light. The sun can be unpredictable and create glare. Add light with your phone, increase the brightness on your laptop screen, or rearrange your lamps. 

A webcam may allow you to auto-adjust lighting. 


Tools:

Teaching with a webcam and tripod for more flexible angles

Get Prepared

When it comes to taking charge of your classroom, preparation is key. The last thing you need is to run out of battery life in the middle of a lesson. Here’s how you can make sure your lesson goes smoothly with no hiccups.

Keep a backup device handy. Even a phone will work. Most apps you use on your laptop are available on mobile. 

Try a tri-pod. If you have to switch to your phone, a tri-pod keeps it nice and upright. No fiddling with bookstacks. 

Chargers! Keep them nearby. You just never know.


Tools:

THE TOOLS

Laptops

Tablets

Teaching with a whiteboard.

DELIVERING GREAT LESSONS

THE CHALLENGES

Effective Communication

Whether you’re speaking, whiteboarding, or demonstrating concepts with external sources, it can be a little tricky to tell if students are following along.

THE RIGHT SETUP

Laptops? Tablets? Webcams? How does one leverage their devices to create an effective teaching space online?

Teaching Subjects

Whether it’s math and science, English, or the humanities, certain subjects can be difficult to communicate online.

THE SOLUTIONS

Laptop

Laptop setup for whiteboarding

Laptop

Position
Raise your laptop up to eye-level. A box or stack of books works in a pinch.

Whiteboarding
Make sure all your live written content is close to the webcam. That way, students can see it.

Reference Material
Use an external webcam when referencing material from books and the like. That way, students can see it.

Efficiency
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Tablet

iPad setup for teaching

Tablet

Position
When using your iPad®, adjust Rugged Folio’s any-angle stand to ensure better posture.

Whiteboarding
Use a tablet to screencast live or record your lessons.

Reference Material
Record yourself and any reference material with your smartphone.

Efficiency
Use a Logitech Crayon when you’re writing and diagramming things out live. It’s more accurate.

Laptop and Tablet

Dual screen setup with iPad and laptop

Laptop and Tablet

Position
Make sure your back is straight and your feet are flat on the floor—you’re going to be sitting awhile.

Whiteboarding
Use a tablet to screencast live or record your lessons.

Reference Material
Use a wall or chair to prop up any reference material you’d like to share. Make sure the distance from the webcam is right, so it can be seen. 

Efficiency
Use a Logitech Crayon when you’re writing and diagramming things out live. It’s more accurate.

Monitor and Tablet

Video conferencing with external monitor

Monitor and Tablet

Position
Raise it up! Place your external monitor on a small table, or even a stack of books, to keep the larger screen at eye-level.

Whiteboarding
Use a tablet to screencast live or record your demonstration of concepts.

Reference Material
Use an external webcam when referencing material from books and the like. That way, students can see it.

Efficiency
Add an external keyboard to make lessons easier and more productive. It’s especially helpful when you’re using an external monitor.

Remote learning with a laptop

SHINE SOME LIGHT. REMOTELY.

Meet Spotlight for mouse. It brings instant focus to your virtual presentation by creating a spotlight-effect on your screen, so you can point, and rest assured that your students are following along.

THE TOOLS For Your Setup

Laptops

Tablets

Laptops & Tablets

Monitors

Virtual teaching with wireless headset and laptop

KEEPING THEM ENGAGED

THE CHALLENGES

Your Voice

Environmental sounds can get in the way of you being heard, and when it comes to listening, kids need all the help they can get.

Non-Verbals

Body language and eye contact are really important when it comes to keeping your students engaged, and this can be tricky to maintain remotely.

Their Voice

Students want to connect with each other—and they should!—but distance learning can make student connection challenging.

THE SOLUTIONS

Virtual teaching with wired headset

BE HEARD

Did you know that kids’ auditory processing abilities aren’t fully developed until age 15? In order to comprehend speech clearly, they need to hear at more than twice the audio level of your average adult. That’s where the right audio tools are essential. 

Use a good mic. You have no idea what your students are listening to you on—so make sure quality is reliable on your end. 

A quality headset can eliminate static or even background noise coming from their end. 


Tools:

Remote learning with a laptop

BE SEEN

Body language and eye contact are really important when it comes to keeping your students engaged. That’s why good video quality is a must for your virtual classroom. 

Get better video. It’s worth it—crisper quality makes all the difference when students are viewing you on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Wear bold colors. Because your classroom is now the size of a laptop, bold colors are a good way to keep students’ attention.



Tools:

Students using webcam and laptop for peer to peer contact

LET STUDENTS CONNECT

Student voice and peer-to-peer contact is vital to their growth. Students want to catch up with their friends as they normally would. Reliable video and audio makes it happen. 


A headset can help you manage the audio from students and eliminate static noise coming from their end.

Tools:

THE TOOLS

Laptops

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