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Free TESOL Course Online - The IT Workshop

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This is a 30-hour Nuts & Bolts Course to get up to speed quickly to teach ESL online to kids. I have used this program to mentor over 520 teachers to teach online. 

This is a foundation course. It will give you the basics needs to create a solid footing to teach ESL online to children. 

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Free TESOL Course Online - The IT Workshop

  1. 1. The Online ESL Mentoring Program: The IT Workshop This IT Workshop Task Sheet is designed to help organize your IT package of what you have and what you still need to get started teaching ESL online from home. You can get started with the bare minimum setup requirements below but the goal is to get a little more equipment every month until you have the ideal minimum requirements to teach ESL online from home. Call to Action for this workshop: 1. List out what equipment you have. 2. List out what equipment you still need. 3. Post a picture or list the setup that you have in the comment section under this video. In each of these workshops, it is important to take action so you can teach ESL online for the long-term. Taking action now will ensure you are ready to teach ESL online from home.
  2. 2. Make a List: What computer equipment do you have to get started? Make a list: What do I still need? List your schedule to get equipment to get to the ideal minimum requirements stage:
  3. 3. Bare Minimum Setup Requirements for Teaching ESL Online From Home: 1. A newer computer with a HD webcam (Logitech) 2. Headset: mute button and noise canceling (reduce your background noise) Logitech is very reliable. https://www.logitech.com/en- us/headsets 3. A least 2 to 3 browsers installed on your computer. Clearing your cache on your browser every day. 4. A stable internet connection Ethernet (Not WiFi) but you should have a backup connection 5. Turn off any automatic updates to your computer 6. Take off any programs you don’t need for work. 7. Screenshot and video software in-case you run into any IT problems during your class and you will. https://atomisystems.com/download/ 8. Test your Internet Ping Speed. This is important because it tells you if your internet is stable or not. The lower the better. The ms is your ping speed. Anything under 250 should work. a. Go to start or search in windows b. Type in CMD c. Type: ping (the link you are using for teaching) -t d. Example: Ping dadaabc.com -t 9. Before class starts: Turn off your internet connects for about 2-3 minutes to reset them. Also, turn off your computer and restart it. Ideal Minimum Setup Requirements for Teaching ESL Online From Home: 1. You need backup: computer, webcam, headset, mouse, keyboard, internet connection, and battery backup UPS. 2. A newer computer with a HD webcam (Logitech) 3. Headset: mute button and noise canceling (reduce your background noise) Logitech is very reliable. https://www.logitech.com/en- us/headsets 4. A least 2 to 3 browsers installed on your computer. Clearing your cache on your browser every day.
  4. 4. 5. A stable internet connection Ethernet (Not WiFi) but you should have a backup connection. A hotspot for a 3rd backup would be helping during a power outage. 6. Turn off any automatic updates to your computer 7. Take off any programs you don’t need for work. 8. Screenshot and video software in-case you run into any IT problems during your class and you will. https://atomisystems.com/download/ 9. Test your Internet Ping Speed. This is important because it tells you if your internet is stable or not. The lower the better. The ms is your ping speed. Anything under 250 should work. a. Go to start or search in windows b. Type in CMD c. Type: ping (the link you are using for teaching) -t d. Example: Ping dadaabc.com -t 10. Before class starts: Turn off your internet connects for about 2- 3 minutes to reset them. Also, turn off your computer and restart it. 11. Backup computer system: It needs to be able to come online in less than 2 minutes. So you can get back in the classroom for your class. 12. Battery backup: I use APC UPS and I have my router connect to it. Also, have a backup light (battery operated) in case the power goes out. Getting to the ideal minimum requirements stage for your IT needs is so important. This will take away a lot of the headaches so you can focus on your classes. Happy Teaching! Teacher Daniel

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