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Old 01-11-2018, 07:33   #1
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Does anyone teach online?

Good mornin!

I am looking into ways to earn extra money while cruising. I'm still in the planning stages before achieving my goal but was considering teaching online as an option. Obviously this would require a decent internet connection. I'm a currently on the SE coast and wouldn't be far off the us coast or the keys. I figured the internet connection might be better and perhaps cheaper closer to the us. Any input welcome! Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-11-2018, 14:23   #2
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Re: Does anyone teach online?

Teaching what? To whom? Via what platforms and what media?
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Teaching what? To whom? Via what platforms and what media?
That's what I'm looking to find out..
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I think the point that john61ct was making is that your question is too vague. There are people who make some money off of youtube channels, which one might consider a form of teaching. Is that what you had in mind? Are you thinking of being a K-12 teacher? Or teaching college courses? Then you need varying levels of qualifications. Do you have those?


You need to provide much more information on your background, and what you have in mind, if you want to get responses that will be truly useful to you.
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Re: Does anyone teach online?

Lots of ESL on line. Dont know the details, but I suspect their instuctors can teach from anywhere.
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This thread is a few months aged, but I'll throw in my $0.02 since this is in part what I do, and what I plan to do once I cast off the lines. Maybe it will help someone. The short answer is that yes, you can teach online and do it from a boat. The bigger question is - can you earn a decent living at it?

A quick google search shows that there's lots of job openings for online teacher/tutors, esp. at the K-12 level. In my part of the US, there has been an explosion of online private/charter schools, fueled in part by "school choice" laws that give parents a choice of where to send Jr. to school (and their municipality has to foot the bill). Wages are highly variable, but if you teach an in-demand subject (like math, science) you can find jobs at up to $20-ish/hr. State-issued licenses and/or certifications may still be required to teach at the K-12 level, depending on the school. Private schools are more flexible on requirements, but nearly everyone requires at least a Bachelor's degree.

Successfully teaching from a boat will depend on the platform used and how you connect. Some platforms are more mobile/cell friendly than others. I teach a couple of courses with Moodle, which can be a good platform for low-bandwidth connections. I check in with students while on the road in my camper, and I often use a laptop tethered to an iPhone on an LTE connection. As long as the signal is decent, I rarely run into issues. Alternatively, if your school uses Blackboard or Adobe Connect, you will have endless bandwidth-related problems on anything but the most robust WIFI or cable connection.

Live streaming video will probably be impossible, even if you don't mind being tethered to the marina's WIFI. Maybe when 5G Glomex domes come out in the next few years, it may be possible in the more populated parts of the coast, but for now plan on text and low-res images.

If this is something you're seriously considering, I would recommend you explore teaching with an online school first before trying to hang your own shingle and trying sell classes. The competition is fierce. If you plan to sell a course, it's likely that someone is already offering the same content for free on Kahn Academy, Lynda, MOOC/edX, YouTube, etc. It's hard to compete with free. If your goal is to someday run your own school, work on it while you teach for someone else. Then you can be building your content and following while also earning a paycheck.

Tutoring can give you more control over your schedule, compared to teaching. You can set your tutoring hours and just plan on being available for those hours, giving you time to do boat-related things. You can set daytime hours for homeschool kids, or do afternoon/evening hours for the traditional students who need homework help. Tutors can work for a for-profit tutoring center or can work privately and get clients through word of mouth.

If you have niche experience in an area with little competition, you can also do well by promoting your services in specific school(s). That's what I do, and I have seen others get success this way. A former student of mine started a second career in electrical engineering. What started as tutoring his classmates grew into a cult following for his online math courses geared towards EE's.

Hope this helps.
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