In part two of our series on modern tech for online teachers, we look at implementing fully digital technology into your workflow and offer a few resources for getting the process started.
As more parts of a teacher’s job move online and into digital storage (grade keeping, classroom rosters, calendars, and more), being confident in your ability to successfully optimize online technologies is essential.
As you progress on your digital nomad journey towards full location independence, the internet is going to be your everything.
Use this guide to get up to speed, and don’t forget to check out our guide to 30 sites where a teacher can make money online.
Modern technology complements a teacher’s hard work
Technology makes implementing social media and networking practices much easier, as saw in part 1. After all, connections are made official with a simple friend request.
But the most innovative online teachers are using apps and programs to completely transform their day-to-day teaching business.
Everything from grading to assignments to accounting can be managed online.
Those working independently, or on a contract basis with a school must track and pay their taxes themselves. There are a number of digital-savvy accountants that make the process easier.
Run a quick Google search and you’ll find a number of accountants specializing in helping online workers maximize their tax return and keep their books in order. Many are location independent types themselves and know the ins and outs of online work.
By linking a bank account, transactions are easily marked into categories such as income and expenses, making it easier to know how much to save for taxes.
Soeaking of tech for online teachers, here are three additional products or services that can make a big difference in your online teaching:
Cost: $8.95/day + $1.95/day for a one-unit rental and unlimited internet (depending on location) plus battery pack and insurance. On the high end, plan to spend about $300 per month.
Teppy is a portable 4G wifi hotspot that you bring with you while traveling. No matter where you are, you’ll have access to fast wifi with plenty of bandwidth for Skype and other call and conference platforms used for online teaching.
The service is far more dependable than a smartphone hotspot, with the added bonus that it works across international boundaries at the same rate. It’s expensive – but eliminates the stress of finding reliable wifi abroad.
Plus, you only pay for internet on the days you use it. When you take a day off, that $8.95 stays in your pocket.
Cost: Free for the basic package, with upgrades costing up to $12/month
If you teach one-on-one lessons and find it tough to find times that work for both you and your students, Calendly is the answer to your prayers.
Instead of a long email chain to settle on a time, you plug in your availability, then your students go in and find an open time slot that works for them and book it.
You can use this tool for meetings, interviews, or just about any other professional scheduling need as well.
Cost: Starts at $39/month
Teachable is a platform for creating and selling your online course. They make it super simple, and while not offering the big name or marketing of a site like Udemy the streamlined approach helps you keep courses, outlines, and everything that is front-facing consistent and smooth.
Kahoot is an app that let’s you turn lessons into games for your students. The power of this app to draw interest in a lesson or activity that some students may otherwise be bored in is increidble. We encourage you to check it out!
Recap is a question-led chat tool augmented by the power of video that makes it easier to start deeper, more empowering discussions with students and teachers.” Check out the Twiducate Top 5 below for a tutorial on how to get started.
A fully digitized learning management system for staying organized. This one’s for those working in online classroom settings.
Modern tech for online teachers: Bringing it all together
These tools will help online teachers make the most of modern tech. As you progress your career, using technology to stay organized across all facets will become second nature.
The saying ‘there’s an app for that’ – it really rings true in the online teaching spectrum.
By investing time regularly to find and learn new ways to streamline your work, you’ll not only be making your life easier – you’ll increase the odds of that promotion or big contract down the line.