How is everyone handling teaching online?
First, the term virtual seems to have taken over for every type of education, and that bothers me. I guess technically a definition of virtual is "being on or simulated on a computer. So being on a computer works, but the education is real (not simulated!).
I’ve moved most of my students to Zoom, since it’s the only platform you can turn off audio compression on both desktop and mobile devices. They recently made a post about increasing the audio bandwidth for music teachers. Fingers crossed it works well.
Skype is a good solid second. Reliable and stable. But I like the idea of having a waiting room like Zoom has.
FaceTime is great when it works, but it’s certainly hit or miss.
I also just heard about Rock Out Loud Live, but I am skeptical of their claims. The platform is built on open source Jitsi. I asked some technical questions, but his only response was to check the website, which says next to nothing. Plus they offer 15TB of downloadable sheet music, which I highly doubt is legal. So I don’t want to count on that service if I think it won’t be around.