My New Favorite Tech Tool: Voxer

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Have you heard of Voxer? It’s an app for your device that allows you to communicate with others on a walkie-talkie type platform. I like it because I am always on the go and keeping in touch with others through text can be tricky and unsafe. But with Voxer, I can tap the ‘talk’ button and say whatever I need to say while I am doing whatever it is I need to do. Talk about a time saver!

You might be thinking, well if you have an iPhone you can just use the record feature in the text and talk that way. You’re absolutely right. But I am not always talking to someone on the other end with an apple device and they do not have this capability. Therefore, voxer ensures everyone can communicate through voice.

What’s even better is I am now connected to a network of amazing educators. Voxer groups are a cool way to group chat via voice. (I used to love the ‘Group Me’ app to have a text group chat with my friends and colleagues, but I am addicted to using touch to voice text instead of typing).

The app allows you to connect on a personal level with people without giving them your phone number- smart app makers! That means you can exit the app for peace and quiet at your will and you can even easily exit a chat if you do not want to continue communicating if need be.

Twitter was my first platform that allowed me to connect with educators I admire. But, Voxer kicks it up a notch and has allowed me to connect more personally with lots of educators I admire. Many days I just listen to the group chat and learn from the big dogs. Other days, I feel compelled to interact and share my thoughts. Either way, I am learning and growing alongside some pretty awesome people!

As Geoff Woods of the Mentee Podcast says at the beginning of his show “you are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with.” I have made it my personal mission to surround myself with top notch educators who love what they do and are dedicated to the mission of excellent teaching translating into successful student learning.

If you haven’t hear of Voxer until now, download the app and set up your account! If you already  have an account, I urge you to share your handle through social media and ask others to share theirs too. Little by little, you will start to collect Voxer handles that you can truly appreciate along your journey as an educator.

Join the movement that’s happening on Voxer. Let’s connect: gschultek

 

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How have you utilized Voxer personally and/or professionally? Share your story!

About the author, Gretchen

I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.