There is no limit to what the educator community can achieve with Voxer!
This summer, a dedicated team of educators from around the country came together to host the 2nd Edcamp Voxer Conference: a full week of educational conversations moderated solely on the live messaging app.
I was introduced to Voxer in 2012, and began to use it on occasion with a family member. This was a few years before it became this amazing resource that I now have come to rely on to connect and collaborate with educators all around the world!
Connected to What Matters
I’m a connected educator. Okay, there I’ve said it and I’m not embarrassed to say that I wear that title proudly. I’ve had the pleasure of building many local and international relationships via social media and have grown in my practice as a result. I’m also thoroughly convinced that using Voxer has deepened those connections. Having said that, I’m also keenly aware that not everyone is as connected as I am. When it comes to the topic of why we should connect as an educational community, there are a variety of thoughts on the subject, and some say that they just don’t have the time. My response would be that we make the time for what matters so why not see connecting to grow our practice as a valuable action.
Early one school day morning, I was introduced to Voxer via an invitation from the Breakfast Club Twitter chat — #BFC530 — well over a year ago. Those same people from the Twitter chat were going to continue the conversation on Voxer. I wanted to be a part of that! I soon discovered that, by joining Voxer, I’d be able to have discussions about what really matters with fellow educators. It is as if we were sitting having coffee in the teacher prep room at my school. It also became a way for my students to hear from other children from across the country. Continue reading…
My first journey in experiencing innovative communication was a pulley system that transported a small box with a note in it between my brother’s room and mine. We spent hours attaching ropes to pulleys and securing boxes to support the weight. At that time, it wasn’t about the message as much as creating the communication system. As I got older, we discovered the power of the walkie-talkie. Instantly, our communication was transformed. We could interact in real-time, and created games to spy on Mom around the house.
I have always been enamored with technology, and how to harness its power to communicate with others. It wasn’t long until the childhood tech was replaced with computers and cell phones. Although I miss a good written note folded in those origami rectangles, I have come to enjoy the visual text and pictures through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. While all of these apps have a place for professional learning and personal enjoyment, I find that Voxer is an indispensable app in my arsenal of communication technology.
In the Summer of 2013, I thought I had already found my professional development mecca as a teacher. It was Twitter. As crazy as it sounds to those outside our circle, teachers all over the globe use social media to connect and collaborate to further their professional development. From Twitter chats where conversation revolves around a common hashtag, to Google+ groups that focus on specific learning styles or projects, social media has helped me forge several professional relationships and friendships with educators all over the world over the last two years.
By Fred Ende, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services for Putnam Northern Westchester
I’m a Voxer lover. Truly, I am. Much has already been said about the benefits of connecting with others vocally has over text, and the way a tool like Voxer helps build relationships. So, I’m not going to explain my Voxer “addiction” (as my wife might call it) through that lens directly.
Rather, I’ve realized that what really keeps me tied to Voxer is the way it has helped me bolster my accountability, both towards myself and for others.