You’re required to use a pair of headphones when you teach online.
You’re also required to use a headset for online classes as a student. So what pair should you get? The ideal pair will be one that is on the smaller side, preferably over the ear with a microphone.
You don’t want some big goofy looking headset made for gamers. You want a pair of headphones because you’re a teacher and you want to look professional when you’re teaching online. Here are my requirements for headphones:
Quality headphones for listening to music, watching streaming movies or playing video games tend to be big and bulky. This is fine for most instances, but not as an online teacher. You want the student to be focused on YOU and the lesson, not your goofy giant headphones you have on.
High quality headphones provide excellent audio. We don’t need excellent audio, we need good audio because we’re basically doing video calls. For this type of setup you don’t need a top of the line pair of headphones, but you also want to avoid super cheap headphones where all of a sudden the left side of your headphones break and you can only hear out of one ear.
You need to test this with your laptop. If your on board audio for your laptop is acceptable and you know you’re class environment will be quite then you can use a pair of headsets for online teaching that don’t have a built in microphone.
The advantage of having a microphone though is the noise cancelling aspect. Students will hear only you and nothing else.
Not too expensive
You can get a good pair of microphones that can do the job at an affordable price. I show you what pair I personally use and what your other options are.
When you’re teaching online, you’re going to be wearing these headphones for hours each day. Because of this, I prefer “on the ear” style headphones instead of “over the ear” headphones. The choice is up to you of course.
Best Headsets For Online Classes
So you need some headphones for online teaching or your online class. The following are the 6 best headphones and headsets for online teaching.
- MPow PC Headsets
- Logitech H390
- Plantronics DSP400
- Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones
- Marshall Major III
- Sony Noise Cancelling
MPow PC Headsets – Best and Most Popular Headsets for Online Teaching
MPow is a brand that is relatively unknown outside the video chat headset space. These are some of the most popular headsets for everyday use by professionals for Skye calls, webinars, call centers and online teaching. A bit bigger than the Logitch, these provide comfortable over the ear styling an decent noise cancellation.
- Very Cheap and expendable.
- Multipurpose. Provides a bit better sound than the H390’s.
- A good “backup” pair of headphones or your main driver for class.
- Designed for video chat. Not ideal for music or gaming.
- The most durable “cheap” headsets” on the list.
Logitch H390 – Best Cheap Headset
Need a pair of headsets? Don’t want to spend a lot? Just using them for online class and that’s it? These Logitech headsets are a solid choice used by call center professional from around the world. Ideal for Skype calls and video chat. Don’t expect stellar quality audio for music.
- They are cheap. If they break, they’re not a big deal to replace.
- Small form factor. These things are small and won’t be distracting in the online class environment.
- Comes with an attached microphone.
- Only useful for video calls
- Can become uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.
- Mediocre sound overall.
- Logitech products break after a year or so usually.
Plantronics DSP400 Foldable – Best Mid Range
While not as cheap as the first two on this list, the Plantronics headset provide excellent sound, comfort and a noise cancelling microphone unlike the first two.
A noise cancelling microphone is helpful because it won’t pick up other sounds in your environment. Only your voice. If you’re looking for something not too expensive, but something that is also a step up from a pair of cheap headsets, the Plantronics fodable headset is a great choice
- Very comfortable.
- Excellent sound. It’s multipurpose: Music, gaming, chat.
- Can fold up! Easy to pack and take on the go.
- Not cheap, but not to expensive.
Levin Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones – Small, Lightweight headset
These are headphones that are primarily designed for exercise. I like them because they’re bluetooth enabled so there is no wire and the design is slick. They wrap around the back of your head and take up very little space.
The only drawback is that they don’t have a microphone as they are designed to worn when running or exercising. However, if your on board audio for your laptop is sufficient, these things are really fun, minimalistic pair of headsets.
- Small and lightweight.
- Comfortable design, good audio.
- Bluetooth enabled. You could be connected to your laptop and in another room and these would still work.
- No microphone. If you’re using a good external microphone you’ll love these.
- As they are bluetooh headsets, they need to be charged.
Marshal Major III – Small, over the ear headphones
Marshal Major is an iconic brand in the music industry. These headphones are not too big and are quite stylish. They provide excellent sound and last for 5+ hours on a full charge.
What I normally do is I teach a 2 hour block of classes, then I take a 30 minute break. Make sure my headphones are charging again, then teach another 2 hour block.
- Excellent audio. You can use them for class, music or movies.
- Cool design. Not big, bulky or nerdy looking.
- Easy to pack up.
- No microphone.
- Bluetooth. Just make sure to charge them. They last for hours and hours.
Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones – Small, stylish design, wired
These are the best headphones on the market. The only downside to these are they’re a bit bulky and they don’t have a microphone. Not ideal for online teaching, but if we do get prospective students and teachers wanting to know what the absolute “best headphones are” and these are it. Why? Superior sound, wireless, noise cancelling, comfortable.
- Small, wired headphones.
- Stylish and compact
- Good audio and they’re noise cancelling
- No microphone.
So there you have it. These are some of the best headsets for online class. If you’re in need of a pair of headphones for online teaching I would suggest getting a cheap pair with a microphone if you already own a pair of headphones you really like. Most online teachers choose the MPow PC headsets.