Recently, I decided to try out a new technology tool per the recommendation of Jessica Raleigh - Voxer. For those of you not familiar with Voxer, it is a messaging application with a walkie-talkie feature. Similar to the iPhone's messaging app, you can send text, pictures and videos to your contacts, including groups. What makes Voxer different is the ability to hold down a button and send audio to the other person.
Some of you may be saying - the iPhone does that. Not exactly. With Voxer, you start sending the audio shortly after you start recording. That means the person listening to your audio can start hearing the message before you have finished recording all of it. As someone who uses the voice-to-text feature of messaging more than actually typing texts, this has been a dream come true.
While easier communication is already a great reason to use this tool, Voxer is also a great way to communicate with your professional learning network. As someone who is an aural learner, it is crucial that I have a someone to discuss my ideas with in order for them to take root and flourish. I have found myself "talking" with Jessica this week and it has allowed me to process my ideas around standards-based grading, gamification, and expanding my professional learning network. If you're like me and need a sounding board for your ideas, the walkie-talkie feature is incredibly useful for reflecting and growing with the help of colleagues.
I'm sure this is only one of the many uses for Voxer. How do you use it? Please write in the comments below and share your ideas! If you want to connect on Voxer, email me at email@example.com. I'd love to connect with you.
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.