Friday, November 7, 2014

Introducing #INeLearn Voxer Group

The INeLearn network is claiming another social media tool in addition to our spaces on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Blogger. (I think I got them all! ) This time it’s in the form of a productivity app, Voxer. The Voxer group is a new way to extend the conversations that take place on Twitter.

If you are not familiar with Voxer, Matt Miller provides a comprehensive look at the app in his recent post Trying professional development “walkie-talkie style” with Voxer.

I had been playing with the idea of starting a Voxer group since my Google Teacher Academy experience this summer. Although, it wasn’t until #EdCampKY a couple of weeks ago, that I was confident enough to put the plan into action. Here are the notes from the session I attended. You will find a lot of ideas that were shared in the session as well as how-to resources in the Google Doc. It’s collaborative, so if you have something to add, please feel welcome to do so.

Our INeLearn Voxer chat is beginning with a Question of the Week. Depending on how the conversation goes and the size of the group, we may raise the stakes to a Question of the Day, but it’s early yet. I am looking forward to seeing where our responses take us over the course of the week. I don’t really expect to end up where we begin given the complexity of most technology integration topics.

Our first question was taken directly from a Tweet that Alec Couros sent out to #edchat #TLtechlive (see screenshot). One tip I learned at EdCampKY was to create definition between discussions by entering a Vox text message as a visual marker. This way you will be able to see where new topics begin with a quick scroll through the group list of posts.

I won’t repeat all the tips that I learned as they are in the notes, but another one of the other key suggestion made was to try and use the voice option as your primary means for sharing. This enables group members who want to listen to Voxs while commuting or multi-tasking to hear everyone’s responses. An added bonus is that we get to know each other on a new level by speaking. It’s like characters in a book you’ve been reading have come to life. For example, I’ve met Matt Miller on a number of occasions and recognized his voice right away. On the other hand, when Amy Heavin introduced herself, I learned that I’d been mentally mispronouncing her last name for months! I’m really looking forward to getting to know my INeLearn PLN in a new way.

If you are interested in being added to the group, simply Vox me at mgreen1459. I will add you as a contact and as a member in the IneLearn Voxers group.

I can’t wait to hear from you!
Michelle Green

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