Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Another gem

If you are not willing to learn
No one can help you
If you are determined to learn
No one can stop you.
-unknown

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We are hiring!

Virtual Teachers Agency LLC is currently looking for teachers to fill the following positions:
*Native English Teachers to teach up to six hours a day in Adobe Connect Pro.  Curriculum provided.  Program to launch this coming fall (either September or October) with training in August.  Hours would be between 10 AM to 4 PM EST seven days a week..  Rate of pay:  $15-$20/hour based on experience.
*3D English teachers to teach groups in a 3D environment.  Hours and rate of pay are still be determined.  We are currently increasing our pool of teachers interested in this project and will hire as needed.  We are in the demo phase.
*Native English teachers to teach business English groups in Adobe connect pro on a weekly basis.  Hours would be between 10 PM-1 AM EST.  Rate of pay:  $15-$20/hour based on experience.  Currently preparing for this as we are in the pilot phase, but not sure when this project will begin full speed.
*Native English teachers to teach general business English one-to-one using WebEx.  Rate of pay would be about $15.00 an hour.  Curriculum will be provided and the hours would be between 5 AM to 9 AM EST.  No openings right now, but am hoping to increase my pool of applicants to hire as needed.  Program has been running for over two years and has proven to be quite successful.
*Native English teachers to teach ESP and Cambridge test prep courses in WebEx.  Hours would be between 10 PM-1 AM EST.  Rate of pay:  $15-$20/hour based on experience.  Currently preparing for this, but not sure when this project will begin.  

If you are interested or know of experienced English teachers who could fill these positions, please have them send their CV to info virtualteachersagency.com
Please tell us how you found out about these opening!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teachers

One of my favorite quotes about teaching!

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

What type of teacher are you?

Monday, June 10, 2013

Virtual Classroom Tools: Headset & Microphone

When I first started working with language teachers on the use of virtual classroom technology, one question that I was asked quite often is why a headset is necessary, especially if the computer has a really great internal microphone.  Here are some of the answers:

When one is only talking on Skype using the computer internal microphone might work if the teacher is in a very quiet office with no interruption.  Skype has a really good noise cancellation system.  However, in most virtual classrooms, when one is not using a headset, there is a chance that there will be an echo unless you are muted all the time.  It is very distracting to hear yourself as you are talking or a few seconds later.  I have personally done several presentations with people new to virtual classroom technology and as I was speaking, I would hear myself through the person's internal speaker.  If the person would have been wearing a headset, I would not have been distracted.  I did get used to it, but it was distracting and difficult to concentrate.

Another reason a headset and microphone is suggested when teaching in a virtual classroom is because of privacy.  If someone walks in, he/she can hear everything that is being said.  I don't know about you, but if I were a student, I wouldn't want to broadcast my efforts at learning a language with everyone in the room--only with my teacher.

A final reason that a headset and microphone is suggested in a virtual classroom is that it is more professional!  It gives the student a perception that you truly know what you are doing in the classroom as you have all of the tools.  Additionally, as an employer, I wouldn't hire someone who does not invest in this specific tool.