Tuesday, May 10, 2016

More Personalized Learning Connections with Voxer

Written by Linda Ashida

Voxer . . . What is voxer?

That is a question I had a year or so ago when I came across educators on Twitter sharing how great it was to connect on Voxer.  I was intrigued, learning that it was a Walkie Talkie app for team communication, but never really took steps to try it.

And then, at the iEngage Berywn conference, I unexpectedly got started on Voxer, so I thought I'd share my experience. I met some educators at the conference with whom I enjoyed sharing ideas with throughout the day.  At the end of the day we wanted to keep in touch and when we were talking about exchanging contact information, one of my new friends, Mary, said, "Are you on Voxer?  Let's form a group!"

So, we did!  Those of us who who weren't on Voxer quickly went to the app store and downloaded the app. Mary created our new Voxer group, we all joined, and since then we have kept in touch and continued to share ideas. I find myself getting excited to receive notifications and learning with my new virtual PLC!  Just today, Mary sent a voice message and photo to share her excitement at getting a new Breakout EDU box!  Though I have only just started to use Voxer, I can see why people like it.  It's not just because of the virtual connection (after all, we can do that with Twitter, email, text messages etc), but because, since it is a walkie talkie app, you can her each other's voices. I could hear the excitement in Mary's voice! For me, that has added to the feeling of connection and getting to know each other better. 

And, now, in continued communication with Mary, our group can learn more about Breakout EDU!

There are many ways to connect with others and learn, and it can be hard to keep up with everything, but Voxer has been a new way I have enjoyed staying connected with educators who are continuing to inspire me, long after the iEngage conference ended!

To learn more about how educators use Voxer, to connect with both colleagues and students, check out the links below:

Have you used Voxer?  Share your experience!  Want to give it a try?  Come see us in the Collab Lab!

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