At New Zealand English Teacher, we believe online learning represents the future for tutoring services. In recent years, a substantial evolution in the tools of online tutors (interactive whiteboards, and video calling) alongside faster and flawless internet connections have meant the benefits of online lessons can now be truly maximised.
Learning online offers great adaptability: no longer are you limited by what resources your teacher brings on the day. Learning online gives you access to our full library of digital resources to be used at any time.
It's highly interactive: the above point works in reverse. Students may add their own digital resources/ exercises to lessons from their libraries at the click of a button.
You save time: no longer do you need to sweat out a traffic jam or sit on a crowded bus to get to class. Class comes to you! Online classes offer real freedom and flexibility.
You can choose the best: finding a local tutor or being randomly assigned a classroom teacher takes away your control of finding the best tutor. Online lessons don't limit your choices in the same geographical manner. Pick from the best in the world!
You improve your IT skills: Familiarity and dexterity with tutoring platforms such as BitPaper are a great skills in themselves as are soft skills such as video calling. Digital literacy skills such as these will be highly prized in the future.
You stay organised and reduce waste: Each online lesson you take with us will be saved as your personal record of each class. This is a great way to keep your class notes organised and saves the environment at the same time!Check Out Our Courses
For these courses, we use the platform BitPaper, an interactive whiteboard with VoIP designed specifically for online tutoring. See below to find out more about this platform.
BitPaper is an interactive whiteboard with integrated skype like video calling (VoIP) system that is browser based and is free to use.
To join a class, you simply follow the browser link emailed to you ahead of the lesson and join the session with your teacher.
The whiteboard is interactive meaning exercises can be added, annotated, and completed in real time much like in a real classroom. Additionally, the file sharing feature enables sharing and in-class use of teaching resources. Lesson sessions are also saved, which means you will have a virtual record of each online class.
You will see your teacher’s notes written on the board in real-time. Your teacher will use a pen tablet to ensure accuracy of script. You can also contribute to and write on the board yourself.
Click here to find out more about the platform
Making the most of online tuition
There are a few factors that will ensure your online classes run seamlessly. The main thing being to have a fast internet connection. Test your speed here
To use the full features of this platform, you can register for an account using your email or facebook.
The whiteboard is browser based, so will work on PC, Apple, or tablets. The minimum screensize is 768 pixels (the size of a regular sized IPad), so the whiteboard won’t function on mobile phones.
If you are using an iPad or tablet for the lessons, it is best to turn the tablet to landscape orientation.