Teaching English online with DaDaABC can be as effortless and enjoyable as you want it to be…with the right tools!
There are of course some items that are essential if you want to actually perform the job…and keep it.
And there are also many tools that will make your job a lot easier, as well as make your life a lot more chilled.
So don't you worry if you're wondering – ‘What items do I need to be a teacher for DaDaABC?' I'm going to run through all of these things right now.
Below are DigiNo's…
10 Essential Items for Teaching English Online with DaDaABC:
When teaching for DaDaABC, you'll need a background to make your classroom look more fun to the student.
(I have a blank background in my YouTube videos because I like the thumbnail backgrounds to be white…can't be dealing with making transparent images in Photoshop!)
So an example of a good background would be something like a map, animal pictures or even something like an alphabet poster, like this one below:
Click the image to find it on the DigiNo Shop!
As long as it's fun and colourful, you should be fine!
Or you could even make your own! Here's how I did it:
The DaDaABC uniform is a blue t-shirt. Preferably sky blue, but you can get away with royal blue…but not navy.
When it gets a bit colder (I have taught in Scottish winters) you'll be needing a sky blue jumper…unless you love paying for central heating bills and just want to t-shirt it.
The best thing is, this uniform doesn't have to have a DaDaABC logo on it, so you can just find any t-shirt and jumper to wear as long as it's the right colour.
Here is an “Online Teach-Shirt” that I've made for the DigiNo Shop:
Click the image to go to the shop and see more!
3) Headphones with Microphone
You'll need a pair of headphones with a microphone attached whilst teaching online. DaDaABC recommends a USB headset, but I use ones with a mini-jack input and it's all good!
I personally don't like having a microphone hanging in front of my face like I'm piloting a helicopter, so I use my Sony headphones with the microphone attached to the wire.
These are great because they are over-ear headphones so you can wear them for class after class and they will always feel comfortable. I can't be dealing with ear pain from on-ear headphones.
You can find them in my list of the best headphones for online classes below:
4) A Laptop
Click the image below if you wish to see DigiNo's 4 best laptops for teaching English online:
If your laptop doesn't have a very good webcam then that is also very essential. So here are the best webcams for teaching online.
In regards to laptops…
Whether you wish to use a MacBook or Windows, we'll need to talk about ManyCam…
See ManyCam in action by watching the video below:
ManyCam Full Version
Now ManyCam is free to download from here, but you might find the free version quite limiting. So check out the article and video below where I detail the different versions of ManyCam and which one is best for teaching online with DaDaABC:
Here is a list of some of my most helpful ManyCam content on DigiNo:
- ManyCam Beginner's Guide
- ManyCam Games
- Videos for Older Students
- Videos for Younger Students
- Examples of How Other Teachers Use ManyCam
ManyCam is also one of my 7 cool ways to upgrade your online teaching classroom. You can check out the rest by clicking the image below:
Puppets are a great teaching tool…especially for shy students. Puppets or soft toys are a great way to open yourself up to your silly side, as well as make your students feel comfortable in the class.
Click to find these puppets and more on the DigiNo Shop.
And in some other online teaching companies such as SayABC, you teach four students at once instead instead of just one. A puppet will come in extra-handy to grab a group of student's attention all at once.
Check out the video below for the best puppets to use for online ESL:
The ukulele is such a great tool for teaching ESL online. It's just so easy to learn and play, as well as being cheap and easy to carry around.
Similar to the puppet, I use it when I draw a blank or if the student isn't engaged with the material. I get the ukulele out and start playing any old fun song I think of on the spot. Ukulele improv never fails to get the engagement back!
Or you could even play a song as a warm-up activity or simply to say goodbye!
Here is a video of me teaching you how to play the ‘Goodbye Song' from Bear in the Big Blue House:
And you don't have to spend a lot to get a great little uke. I've searched around to find some good ukuleles ranging in prices on the DigiNo Shop:
Or if you want one similar to mine in the video, here is an article on the best ukuleles to buy:
A DaDaABC screensaver using ManyCam is so useful for technical errors when you want a bit of privacy to sort out issues, and for coming into the class early to avoid being late without having to teach as soon as you come in.
Here is the full article on how to make the screensaver:
9) Thermos Tea Flask
Here's one that is also great for life in general!
A thermos tea flask will allow you to drink tea without having to run to the kettle in your 2 minute break with DaDaABC.
It also saves you money on electric by only boiling the kettle once a day! Not bad, huh?
Click the image below to find it on Amazon:
Or if you're not a tea or coffee drinker…
Then if you're a water drinker…which I'm guessing you probably are if you're alive reading this…then a Chilly's bottle is another great tool!
This bottle keeps cold drinks cold for 24 hours. So you can have a nice refreshing cold drink when teaching in the summer.
Click the image below to find the Chilly's Bottles on Amazon:
And if you're a traveling teacher, a thermos or Chilly bottle is so useful to slot right into your backpack for a nice cup of tea on your adventures.
Click the Travel Toucan below to learn more about seeing the world as an online teacher:
I have saved so much money since getting a free account and debit card with TransferWise to receive my online teaching salary.
Here is a quick tutorial video below about how TransferWise works:
And for the full beginner's guide for getting TransferWise set up to receive your pay, then click the image below:
That's it for the DaDaABC essential tools!
If you would like to read more about DaDaABC, check out how DaDa compares to another online teaching company below:
Or apply to be a DaDa teacher here: