“Did I Hear a Niner In There?”

By Neil Gupta, Ohio School District Administrator

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.

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Deepening Professional Relationships Through Voxer

By Victoria Olson, Grade 3/4 Teacher

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.

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