With the year 2020 came COVID-19, massive job loss, damage to the economy, and tragic losses of life all across the globe. In the U.S, many people have turned to online work to either supplement their current job due to having less hours of work, being laid off, or flat out being let go. If you’re in that boat, I feel for you, I know what you’re going through. Very early in the year, I lost one of my jobs due to COVID, and I don’t really expect it to come back. In any case, The company I currently teach for expects me to have good tech, regardless of my financial straits, and one of the single most important pieces of equipment you can get is a good headset. They won’t be covering any costs for me, but at least I can write them off on my taxes as a business expense. A good headset is critical to your students’ learning experience. If they can’t hear you, you can’t teach, and you won’t get paid. If you can’t hear them, well, you might be able to get by with a few lessons of faking it ’til you make it, but eventually they’ll catch on. Plus, if you can’t offer good, healthy audible feedback, your lesson will be as good as useless. In this list, I’ll be showing you my personal favorite headsets for teaching.
Diswoe Gaming Headset – Less than $20
The Diswoe Gaming headset is one of the cheapest headsets on the market, which is the main appeal. If you’ve just been hired and are desperate to find a headset for cheap, this one will get the job done. The ear-cups will fit over your ears, rather than squish them, which will help up the ante on sound quality. I know you might not be looking for a gaming headset, but one thing to bear in mind is that they are built with sound quality at heart. If they weren’t, people wouldn’t be using them to play Call of Duty: Warzone, or other competitive games! If you can use it for competitive gaming, you’ll certainly be able to use communicate effectively with students.
MPOW 071 Noise-Cancelling USB Headset – Less than $50
This is the most reliable headset I’ve ever used, and my personal favorite on the list. This is what I use on a daily basis when I’m teaching for QKids, in a Zoom meeting, and even for gaming. The sound quality is fantastic, both in terms of input, and output. You will be able to hear your students loud-and-clear, and students will be able to pick up on pronunciations that wouldn’t be picked up by a laptop’s integrated microphone. This headset comes in a variety of colors, from hot-pink to blue, just in case you want to add a little bit more “umph,” to your morning face. Personally, I just stuck with the sleek black option, though. Sadly, this headset can be pretty uncomfortable at times. Despite being to adjust the size, and all the padding, this think still manages to hurt my thick skull after extended periods of delivering lessons, gaming, or blogging.
Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset – $99+
Look, I know it’s another gaming headset, and wireless could be a bit over the top, but if you’re planning on doing this long term, you might find it beneficial to have a headset like this. Unlike the MPOW 071, the ear cups fit around your ears, rather than on top of them, preventing your ears from getting sore so quickly. Since this headset is designed to give you the cutting edge on a digital battlefield, you’ll probably be able to hear a pin drop. In fact, you might even be able to hear your students when they’re muted. The downside? Being as though it’s wireless, this is a headset that has to be charged before you teach. If you’re like me, and you’re forgetful, having to charge your headset before you teach every day could become a stressful mess. If I was going to teach a really long session, I would be worried about the battery dying mid-class.
Whatever your price range, rest assured, these are some great headsets. Whether you’re looking for something cheap to use while you teach those first few weeks, or you’re a high-roller looking for an upgrade, there’s something on this list for you. Personally, until I’ve become that high-roller, I’ll be sticking with my loyal MPOW 071.
What do you think? Do you have any experience with these headsets or think there are better ones out there? Comment below and get a discussion going!