I recently came across a hashtag on Twitter that I found pretty interesting: #PersonalizedPD. As I was going through some of the tweets with this hashtag, I saw this tweet:
It caught my attention for a couple of different reasons – first there was the #PersonalizedPD idea that I was interested in. Second, there was some gamification to the learning that was happening which sounds cool and potentially highly motivating. I decided to send Jeff Mann a reply to the tweet saying that I had a few questions. Later in the afternoon I got a response from him asking if I was on Voxer. I had heard of it, but never set up an account, but I really wanted to learn more about the Superheroes of AMCMS.
Twitter is great for learning in a lot of ways, but if you want to be able to have a real conversation with someone, it’s not ideal. Just like a text chat, you can only type so fast, and you lack the tone of voice that goes with a true conversation. Plus you’re limited to 140 characters in a tweet. So, I downloaded Voxer, set up an account, and told Jeff I was in business.
Basically, Voxer works like a walkie talkie, but also has the ability to send text, photos, and videos within the app. After setting up my account, I was sitting on my deck while Jeff was driving home from school in Texas, and we had a conversation about the Superheroes of AMCMS. At the end of the conversation, he asked me to send him my email address, and he was going to email me some additional resources for continued learning.
While this chance encounter was cool, I could see Voxer being used within a school building for a group chat with members of a PLC team, or having the account of your teammate to be able to chat. I know we’re all comfortable and used to texting, but I noticed that the back and forth that Jeff and I were able to have happened much faster than trying to text back and forth with one another.
Do you have any ideas for additional ways that you could use Voxer within your classroom? What about with your colleagues? Share your thoughts in the comments below.