Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Voxer: A Vehicle for Collaboration and Communication

Communication is at the heart of personalized professional learning communities.  Establishing an effective collaborative workflow is key to capturing ideas and continuing critical conversations that may start in person.  Great ideas often occur hours after a conversation takes place when people have had time to reflect. Having a workflow in place to capture these ideas and continue the conversations has many benefits.

When I was at NETA 2014, I heard @angelamaiers keynote where she said  “BRAVE is the new 21st Century Skill along with wonder, expect, think deeply, adapt, struggle, risk, grapple, & fail! Her words resonated with me.  

At the same NETA conference, I heard about the Voxer app.  Curious, I downloaded the app and started Voxing.  Over the past year I became involved in several professional Voxer groups. These groups are my place to wonder, expect, think deeply, adapt, struggle, risk, grapple, and fail with a group of educators that push my thinking every day.  My Voxer learning communities are my go to people for ideas, inspiration, and advice as well as a place to share both the victories and challenges as an educator.

Voxer is an app available for both Android and iPhone that allows you to send text messages, images, videos, and voice to individuals and groups.  The game changer for workflow are the walkie-talkie / voice and the group chat.features.

Everyone you want in the group chat needs to download and create an account on Voxer.  Then, one person creates the group chat and adds everyone to the group.

What is Voxer?
A walkie-talkie app

Why use Voxer?

  1. Connect with colleagues in a jiffy.  
  2. Share ideas as images, voice, text, and in real-time as a walkie talkie.  
  3. Speedy!  Talking is so much faster than texting!

What are the benefits to using Voxer?

  1. Easy access to people in your Voxer group.
  2. Exchange information quickly and in real-time.  
  3. As people share ideas and information, other ideas previously unimaginable begin to develop.

How powerful would it be to use this tool to connect your grade levels, coaches, administrators, instructional teams, instructional coaches? The sky's the limit.  Share a few ways you are using Voxer or your plan to use Voxer in your educational setting.

Written By Ann Feldmann

@annfeldmann1

1 comment:

  1. Voxer is similar to another popular message app called WhatsApp. They are both group messaging across platforms (there are now web based versions of both as well as iPhone and Android) that don't use up your texting message limits. Far more people use WhatsApp internationally. Voxer seems to be more in the US. Major differences between the services; What's app uses your existing cell phone number as your user ID, is focused on text messaging (the way the interface is designed, you can do voice messages but it's harder to start a message that way) and you can make a real time voice call using wifi (or your data plan). Voxer is focused on walkie talkie type voice interactions (you talk, they talk, and messages are picked up immediately or later), people are identified by email address, and there is no VoIP calling feature (as of yet).

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