Have you ever had a conversation with 30 people at the same time on your phone? Look at this…
Last week I ranted and raved about how good Twitter was. It still is great. I love it! It’s really my to go to social media site for professional development. But guess what boys and girls? Twitter has a big brother and it’s name is a Voxer.
Voxer can do everything that Twitter can do, but there’s a cool twist. You get to actually hear the voice of the teachers that you have been collaborating with on Twitter. Also, you’re NOT limited to 140 characters. You can talk pretty much as long as you want. But there are unsaid Voxer rules. No one wants to really listen to a 10 to 20 minute vox. So we try to keep them to 2 to 5 minutes at the max.
Voxer is a different kind of beast. You can get into several different Voxer groups. Such as:
- secondary education
- elementary physical education
- Google Classroom
- standards-based grading
- SOLO taxonomy
- general PE group
- Hack Learning
I’m sure I’m missing some. There are groups for pretty much every content area.
Outside the group
You can also do what they call a side-vox. This is basically when you want to go more in-depth with a single person from a group about a certain topic or lesson and you just want to vox them alone, one-on-one outside of the group.
The craziness of Voxer
Being in Voxer can be very overwhelming at first, especially if you’re in a lot of groups. If you miss a day or two you could easily be a couple hundred voxes behind.
I know when I first joined Voxer it made me want to quit. I wanted to hear the whole conversation, but I just didn’t have the time. I had to learn to just join in where the chat was at and go on from there.
One of the nice things about Voxer is that it seems people respond a little quicker then they do on Twitter. I think this is because people have their phones on them and they can just throw out a quick message whether they’re in between classes, in the gym, or whenever they have a free moment.
Your phone is basically turned into a supercharged walkie-talkie.
How to sign-up
The screen shots I’m going to show you are from a phone since this is the main way you will use Voxer. There is a desk top version which allows for a few extra options, but using only your phone works just fine.
1. Download the Voxer app from either the app store or Google Play.
2. Here’s what the app looks like from the front.
3. Allow Voxer to access your microphone.
4. Then sign up.
click “create account” after filling out all of the information.
5. You can set up alerts if you would like.
6. Next you can setup your profile by uploading a picture and customizing your username.
7.Your opening screen should look like this. The Voxer people have left you your first three voxes.
How to get into physical education Voxer groups
The best way to find all of the physical education Voxer groups is to use this QR codes created by Spencer Barfuss @physed on Twitter. His website is voxerpe.com After you have the Voxer app on your phone all you have to do is scan the QR code with your phone and you are pretty much added automatically.
Closing things up
Turning your phone into a walkie talkie is the cool thing to do! I highly suggest you get involved with one Voxer group to start out. Get a handle on it. Then join another.
If you were encouraged to join or you know someone who would be interested, please share this with them.
Make sure to comment below to tell me about your Voxer experiences. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!