Voxer – The New Teacher “Thing”

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

I downloaded the Voxer app over three years ago, but I never really utilized it. Until now!

This past summer I started to hear about my Tweeps starting to use Voxer to take their personal learning and connecting further. So of course, I jumped in and I’ve loved it!

During the new teacher training in my district a few weeks ago I shared the app with the other new teachers in my building. Mainly because we had built a bond on the first day that the second day we wanted to stay connected and share some great laughs.

Three weeks later, it’s an app that is helping/saving us!

Our doors are locked and our door fobs were not working to allow us inside to prepare for the school year. Luckily someone had a key and would let us in. So everyone would visit on Voxer about the time they would be there. Then as you arrived, someone already inside could open the door for you.

Next, it helps us to ask questions since we are all new so that we can find out if someone else might have gotten the answer already. If not, then we can go find out the answer and share it with the rest of the group.

If you read my blog, you know that I have an hour drive each morning to get to school and an hour home. Having Voxer allows me to talk with my Tweeps and not be texting and driving. Then today I was able to Vox and discuss lesson plans for the next couple of weeks with my co-teacher. We don’t have a common plan and we are always busy, that now being able to talk and plan via Voxer is a wonderful time saver.

These are just a few ways that I/we use Voxer at Longfellow Middle School and I’m excited about how being connected is helping all of us in our learning and growing as a community.

If you don’t know what Voxer is, it’s a walkie talkie app that allows you to use voice, text and pictures to communicate. It makes it simple to share a thought or anything and the receiving people can respond when they have the chance. The best part is, you share your user name and you don’t have to worry about handing your phone number out to people. That is a nice feature in that I can keep personal and professional life a little separated.

Do you use Voxer? How do you use it in your personal or professional life?

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Comments
  1. Voxer says:

    Thanks for the awesome post about Voxer! So happy to hear you have found it so useful.

  2. sally says:

    So excited to try and use this with my students but I have a majorly important question: how do I allow my students to contact me via Voxer without me giving them my personal phone number?!?! I definitely want to go NOWHERE near that option. Can you help me?! thanks!

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