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The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

  • 1.  The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Posted 03-19-2020 18:35
    PTG ACADEMY ONLINE:

    We have updated the PTG Academy Online with a few new offerings, here is our current list:

    PTG Academy
    Aurally Trouble Shooting The Midrange - Mitch and Mary Kiel
    Business 201 - Timothy Barnes
    Complete Piano Service - Andersen & Johnson
    Maintenance and Tuning - Malcolm Bilson
    Mock Tuning Exam - Mitch and Mary Kiel
    Proficiency Playground
    Quick Tips - 6 Pack of Technicals - Isaac Sadigursky
    A Temperamental Journey - Owen Jorgensen - (AUDIO)
    Tips From Convention - Jeff Hickey
    Vertical Piano Regulation - Doug Neal
    Why Do We Stretch - Kent Swafford
    Your Money Or Your Life - Dale Probst


    We are always on the lookout for more and especially so right now.  If you have any instructional audio or video presentations that we can add to the Academy please be sure to reach out to me at clint@ptg.org.  It can be as long or as short as you'd like. Have you hosted a class at the PTG Convention?  Feel free to recreate it at home and send it over, no need to worry about making it perfect, I can edit and clean it up for you.  It's the content that matters most.

    OTHER VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES:

    If you have your own learning seminars or meetings hosted somewhere else that you'd like to share, please feel free to link them in a new discussion post at the PTGAO discussion group.     

    ONLINE TOOLS FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS/SEMINARS:

    Additionally, we've gathered as many FREE virtual meeting resources that we could find.

    If anyone has any questions or best practices for these, I'd encourage you to post them in the replies to this discussion.

    Video conferencing (w/screen sharing):
    Chat applications w/ video conferencing options:
    • Discord - No cost - need an account - unlimited chat and video calls for up to 9 people. https://discordapp.com
    • Slack - No cost - need an account - unlimited chat and video calls for up to 15 people. https://slack.com
    • Whatsapp - no cost - need an account - unlimited chat and video calls for 4 people https://www.whatsapp.com

    Finally, I am always available -  clint@ptg.org - for any questions you might have and if I don't have an answer right away, I'll certainly hunt one down for you.

    Thanks


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    Clinton Sears
    Piano Technicians Guild
    Kansas City KS
    [913-276-5203]
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  • 2.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Posted 03-20-2020 11:05
    Thanks, Clint! I think a post about the "academy" should be done every 6-12 months for new members and for those that forget. :)

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    Maggie Jusiel
    Athens, WV
    (304)952-8615
    mags@timandmaggie.net
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  • 3.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 03-20-2020 11:44
    Hey, everyone.  I pray all are safe and sound in these times.  I am trying to explore the possibilities of having virtual meetings with the Detroit/Windsor chapter, and am not really up on all those things you mentioned.  While I will look into (and have started already) some of the resources that you have listed, I think what we really need is ground floor advice from some folks who have actually accomplished virtual meetings with their chapters.  My father used to say,"I may be dumb, but I am not stupid."  I would add," I may be old, but not that old."   I can figure this out, but some basic experiences communicated from those who have actually done this would be helpful.  I think that we can benefit the entire organization by delving deeper into this.  And the interactive part of it is paramount to success at the chapter level.  Not just a recorded or live event that has no inter-activity.  Thank you, Clint for kicking this off.  Now, who can help us with their experiences???     Clark

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    Clark Sprague
    Bowling Green OH
    419-352-2198
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  • 4.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 03-20-2020 14:04
    Clark-
    We did a Zoom meeting last Tuesday, and it was a successful start.
    I suggest a group chat about coronavirus for a start. It will give members a chance to get comfortable with the online platform.
    Someone needs a Zoom account, or you can do a free 40 minute meeting. If the 40 minute meeting times out, be already signed up for a second meeting and email the link to the participants to restart the meeting. Instructions are on the Zoom website.
    Two friends should test it out and become familiar with the operating buttons so they can explain to everyone.
    I prefer gallery view for discussions, speaker view when someone is teaching.
    Phone and tablet participants should prop up their devices to minimize wobbling videos.
    To limit noise and feedback, participants mute their microphones unless they want to say something.
    If someone is teaching, it helps if they have a camera separate from their computer monitor.
    Here's an idea for next month's meeting: Someone in your chapter has given a video-adaptable technical in the recent past. Get them to offer to do a video visit with another chapter, and ask that chapter to share a video technical with your chapter. With Zoom, travel expenses are minimal.
    Can PTG organize a list of on-line technical presenters ready to share a.s.a.p.?

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    Ed Sutton
    ed440@me.com
    (980) 254-7413
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  • 5.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Posted 03-20-2020 14:17
    Thanks so much Ed!

    "Can PTG organize a list of on-line technical presenters ready to share a.s.a.p.?"

    Yes, this is the attempt to make that list:

    OTHER VIRTUAL LEARNING RESOURCES:
    If you have your own learning seminars or meetings hosted somewhere else that you'd like to share,
    please feel free to link them in a new discussion post at the PTGAO discussion group.



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    Clinton Sears
    Piano Technicians Guild
    Kansas City KS
    [913-276-5203]
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  • 6.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Member
    Posted 03-20-2020 14:23
    I'd like to try something with Zoom.  I just got a free account yesterday, but have not done anything with it yet.  I would like to learn how this is working out with others out there.

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    Robert Scott
    Real-Time Specialties
    Hopkins MN
    952-933-3574
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  • 7.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Posted 03-20-2020 14:13
    Hi, Clark,
    Eric Johnson posted a nice overview of Zoom and some tips for using it for chapter meetings. I posted it in the Chapter Leaders community. I'll be posting more and hope others will share their experiences and expertise in online chapter meetings.

    As Clint said, we are there for you.

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    Kathy Maxwell
    Education/Certification and Project Development
    Piano Technicians Guild

    "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
    Benjamin Franklin
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  • 8.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 03-20-2020 14:36

    Hey everyone ZOOM is probably the easiest tool to use to achieve online presentations & meetings. And they have "How to use" webinars and videos on their website that are super helpful and easy to digest. After attending a  free 15-minute webinar from their training staff it took me less than an hour to get super comfortable with how to use the platform. 

    You got this. Doing online presentations is a much-needed skillset during this unprecedented time.

    Timothy 



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    Timothy Barnes, RPT

    Owner at the Well-Loved Piano Company
    Owner of the GazelleNetwork.com

    www.Well-LovedPiano.com
    (704) 960-4129
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  • 9.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 03-20-2020 14:41

    Clark,

    www.charlotteptg.com has been exploring with doing live streams of technicals. We have evolved into the following protocols:

    Step 1: Keep topics simple, focused, and small (No more than 40 minutes of material) any time we do more than this we come away thinking we should have done less.

    Step 2: Have a $30 lapel mic

    Step 3: Use Zoom and if possible put a $60 webcam on a $10 tripod. We also invested in a $40 USB3 Extention cord so the camera/tripod could move more freely around the room without having to reposition the laptop. 

    We also instituted a peer review process that has helped to raise the quality of the material being presented (It also made it more of a community effort). 

    Timothy 



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    Timothy Barnes, RPT

    Owner at the Well-Loved Piano Company
    Owner of the GazelleNetwork.com

    www.Well-LovedPiano.com
    (704) 960-4129
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  • 10.  RE: The PTG Academy Online / virtual learning and meeting resources

    Registered Piano Technician
    Posted 04-22-2020 08:31
    Hi Clark,
    Here are some of the basics:
    Someone in your chapter needs to pay for a Zoom Meeting Plan.  This will cost $15/mth, but the chapter can cover that expense.  https://zoom.us/pricing
    There is a free version, but there is a time limit of 40 minutes per session if more than 2 people attend.

    Now, that person can host a meeting.  Just pick the usual day and time for your meeting and set it up on Zoom.  Your meeting will have a title, meeting number and a password number.  Email those details to all of your chapter members, and anyone outside that list you want to invite.  (I enjoyed joining a meeting of the Boston chapter recently).

    Tell everyone that they will need to have the Zoom application on their computer or cellphone.  It is free.  Zoom.us.com

    Next, line up a technical.  This takes a little more preparation, but if your presenter has a PowerPoint slide show, it is easy for that person to use the "share screen" feature and do a live voice-over.  I have done this for quite a number of chapter meetings around the country.  I also know that Tremaine Parsons has a lecture  or two he is offering on using P-scale.  Everyone is trying to help out, so just ask.

    Before the meeting, set up a test to see how it is working.  The host has to be familiar with how the various functions work, and especially how to mute microphones.
    Anyone who joins the meeting should be instructed to keep muted unless they want to say something.  Otherwise, when the mailman comes and the dog starts barking......everyone gets it!      -Ken








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    [Ken] [Eschete]
    [President]
    [Bentside Arts]
    [Spokane [Washington]
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