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The Simplified Teaching Tech Set-up


Being well prepared when visiting clients is key to being professionalIMG_1702.  Most teachers I know still rely on the reams of photocopies which they print at home and lug around all day.  I prefer to avoid this as much as possible by utilizing the multimedia which is found in most office conference rooms – projectors, tvs, smartboards, etc.  This lightens my load considerably, but still requires some basic hardware tools to access the multimedia at hand.


Here I provide some descriptions, with links, to what I carry in my briefcase:




Chromebook:  A cheap, versatile and durable alternative to a Windows or iOS laptop.  They typically come with 100GB of Google Drive storage included.  Super-easy to install, quick to start-up, and covering all the basic needs for document and online work, this is the perfect lightweight, on-the-go laptop.  An added bonus is the security options to remotely shut off access to the Drive if lost or stolen.  All documents edited on the cloud drive are synced automatically between devices and it is possible to create and edit docs in offline mode.  I use a Toshiba Chromebook 2 which cost about €300 at time of purchase  A Chromebook is of course no replacement for a real computer, which is best left at home – unless you really need to be editing videos or playing shooter games on the train.
Wireless Mouse:  Useful if you want to hand control of the lesson over to a student.  Let them explore interactive charts and graphs and let them do the explaining.  Also quite handy when doing a powerpoint-karaoke lesson.  I recommend the Logitech brand – the sturdiest and lightest models out there.

HDMI-HDMI cable:  Not every office has Chromecast or AppleTV, so best be prepared with your own HDMI cables.  No need to go too long here as HDMI terminals tend to be pretty close to where you need to set up (often on or under the desk itself).
HDMI to RGB/VGA adapter:  Some conference rooms still only have an RGB/VGA connection available.  Only the shortest cable should be necessary.
USB charger:  A non-essential but helpful tool for longer working days.  Charge up your phone or your wifi router on the go.  Invest in a Powerbank for the most back-up.


Wifi Router (with data plan):  I use a Simyo data plan which comes with the router included.  A two-year contract, at €15/month, allows me 3GB of LTE data usage.  I would rarely exceed this data limit, even streaming videos in classrooms nearly every working day.  There are options to extend a single month’s limit if usage is exceeded.  If you are interested, please use this reference code so I can get some free credit!


What do you carry to classes?  Can you help add to this list?  Add your comments in the box below.

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