Online education has become widespread recently and the main reason was Covid-19. As a result, schools and universities were closed and there was a need of studying from home. But there were some problems among both teachers and students – non-suitable products for online education. So, here we have collected the products, that you’ll definitely need while studying online.
Among the products for online education, first of all, the most important things are laptops and a stable internet connection. Without them, online education is impossible whether you are a teacher or a student. When buying a laptop for online education, the first thing you should focus on is the processor. If you are on a budget, you will probably not find an Intel Core i5 processor. Most laptops will sport Intel Core i3 chips. Of course, this is not the fastest processor, but you’ll get the job done if only your work does not require a fast processor. For attending online classes and doing sufficient multitasking, a laptop powered by Intel Core i3 is good enough.
What do we suggest?
The laptop that we will suggest to you is the RedmiBook Air 13. It is a thin and light notebook that focuses on the pain point of compactness and portability. On the basis of ensuring that the performance is sufficient for daily use, it has reduced its size to 297.5mm×212mm. This is almost equivalent to the area of an A4 paper. The thickness of only 12.99mm and the weight are controlled at about 1.05kg.
The RedmiBook Air 13 comes standard with a good screen. A 13.3-inch narrow-edge full screen has a screen-to-body ratio of 89%, a color gamut of 100% sRGB, and a resolution of 2560×1600. The resolution is 2560×1600, and it has a 100% sRGB color gamut. The design of the three-sided narrow frame has a screen ratio of 89%. In addition, there is no front camera. The advantage is that the top frame is controlled more narrowly.
Although generally, laptops come with a built-in camera, there is a big difference in the quality of a built-in camera and a dedicated webcam. Hence, if you are a teacher, consider investing in a good web camera to provide your students with an excellent online learning experience.
There are a few things to consider when buying, in order to make sure you get the best quality webcam for your online teaching. Digital resolution is the most important consideration in purchasing webcams. Most built-in cameras record at 720P. If you want the video calling and video recordings for your online teaching particularly sharp and in high definition, then you should try a 1080P webcam. The latter will definitely deliver high-definition video quality, making you and your lessons clearer and more understandable.
Besides, another advantage of the external camera is that external webcams are more flexible. You can adjust its position and even mount it on a tripod or display stand.
The Xiaomi Mi HD Webcam is the webcam that we recommend. It offers the highest video resolution 1280 x 720 p. But if you have a weak internet connection, the resolution can be reduced to 640 x 480 p or 640 x 360 p. The Xiaomi Mi Webcam has a very nice and simple design. Its dimensions are only 90x28x18.5 mm, making it look like it belongs on a laptop.
The weight of the camera is only 34,5 g. So, you can take it with you really anywhere. It won’t take up much space and you won’t feel its weight at all. The webcam is made of plastic, but for Xiaomi products, we are used to quality workmanship. So, there is nothing to worry about.
Headsets are also necessary products for online education. Both students and teachers must have one. Due to the high-quality headsets, your voice will be clear, everyone will hear you quite well and there will be no need to repeat the same thing a couple of times. Learning happens best when both teachers and students give and receive information with clarity.
Well, you can ask “What to look for when buying headsets?”. Here is the answer: the first thing to focus on is the audio quality. The quality of the audio is the topmost factor to consider in choosing a headset. Moreover, having a high-quality headset will be necessary for you even when enjoying your favorite music or watching movies from your computer.
On the other hand, the noise-reducing function is also important to consider when buying a headset. Your headset will suppress background noise, allowing you a smooth and undistracted online class even if you are not in a soundproof room.
Our suggestion of headset is Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Foldable Headset. The size and fit of the headset’s cups provide a fully over-ear experience regardless of any ear’s size. Moreover, each earcup is easily recognized due to the inner writings. The headset is made of plastic, so it is light and comfortable to wear for multiple hours.
They are charged through a Micro USB port (two and a half hours of full charge, enough for 10 hours according to Xiaomi) and their weight is just 230 grams.
It is also worth mentioning that considering its price and good quality design, the performance is very good and its isolation from outside noise is very well achieved.
Lighting may be necessary in some cases. For example, if you are a language teacher, lighting will be necessary, so that the students can clearly see the shapes your mouth makes when you teach new sounds. So, in these kinds of cases, lighting will be worth investing in.
One of the simplest and easiest lighting solutions for online teachers is to use a selfie ring light. A selfie ring light can be clipped onto your laptop to project bright white light onto your face while you teach.
Selfie ring lights are inexpensive, lightweight, and simple to use. Simply charge the light before class, click it on, and teach.
The only downside to selfie ring lights is that sometimes the light produced can be a bit intense. While this looks great on camera, your eyes might get tired after long hours of looking toward the ring light.
What other necessary products for online education can you add?