Tech Tip: What are Data Packets?

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A data packet is a unit of data made into a single package that travels along a given network path. Data packets are used in Internet Protocol (IP) transmissions for data that navigates the Web, and in other kinds of networks.

Musicology has an exciting new update coming that will improve spotty internet connectivity between student and teacher as well as a fun feature TBA! Fun and functional updates – only at Musicology!

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Musicology was built to lessen teacher exhaustion online and engage students. For this reason, every feature in Musicology is collaborative. That means that using features like the whiteboard to send images to your students and writing is sent like a letter in the mail in the form of a “packet”. The same goes for notes on the Grand Staff that are draggable and placed on the screen on both sides as well as notes pressed on the MIDI keyboard.

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If you have spotty internet, then the packet won’t be sent. The good news is that we have what is called a heartbeat that sends packets from the teacher to the student so that if the teacher’s internet is unstable, the student will be sent the packet every few seconds. Now, the student’s internet has to be available to grab that packet and receive it as well and we will explain how we are managing that scenario below.

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New update alert!

Since we already have a heartbeat of data packets being sent from teacher to student, this solves internet disruptions on the teachers side but we are implementing a heartbeat on the students side as well to help solve any internet issues that may arise during an online lesson. You can rest assured that with Musicology, you will have the most stable connection from any video conferencing platform out there because we have taken every piece of feedback we get from teachers around the world to ensure that everyone’s needs are met.

Happy to help.

Data packet use ensures the reliable and efficient transfer of information. Rather than transmitting a huge file as a single data block, sending it as smaller packets improves transmission. The packets usually take the best route available to spread the data.

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