Thanks to my friends Tom Whitford and Kristin Daniels, I learned about and started using voxer. I didn’t get it at first, but it quickly grew on me. After FlipCon15, Kristin put a bunch of people who met into a voxer group to keep the conversation going. I drove halfway across Wisconsin listening to my own personal podcast of great ideas from smart people that I knew on topics that were important to me.
Since then I’ve been using voxer to lead a book discussion on Teach Like a PIRATE, and I’ve really enjoyed the enthusiastic sharing that goes on with the #personalizedPD voxer group that Kenny Bosch created after someone suggested it during one of the #personalizedPD Twitter chats on Tuesdays at 8pm Central time. I listen and comment during my drive as my phone plays the voxes through the car speakers using bluetooth technology.
Most recently I’ve enjoyed the slow chat voxer group I created for teachers at our high school called “Edtech Ideas and More.” When I think of something, or have something to contribute about edtech, I hold down the button and talk for a minute or two about what I’m using, how I’m using it, and why its good. Just the other day toward the end of a class hour I heard about a tool that a student was using to create a project, and I started out the next hour class by explaining the tool to the voxer group while my students listened to my explanation. Killed two birds with one stone to start that hour*. Students looked into the tool immediately.
I have not been successful yet in getting students to create their own homework-help-line using voxer. But I’m confident we can get there. As with all useful edtech, it’s a work in progress.
*No birds were actually hurt during this exercise.