Personalized Professional Development Starts with Communication

Communication is at the heart of personalized professional development.  Establishing an effective collaborative workflow is key to capturing ideas and continuing critical conversations that may start in person.  Great ideas often occur hours after a conversation takes place when people have had time to reflect. Having a workflow in place to capture these ideas and continue the conversations has many benefits.

When I was at NETA 2014, I heard @angelamaiers keynote where she said  “BRAVE is the new 21st Century Skill along w/ wonder, expect, think deeply, adapt, struggle, risk, grapple, & fail!  At the same NETA conference, I heard about the Voxer app.  Curious, I downloaded it and over the past year have used it as a place to wonder, expect, think deeply, adapt, struggle, risk, grapple, & fail with a group of educators that push my thinking every day.  

Voxer is an app available for both Android and iPhone that allows you to send text messages, images, videos, and voice to individuals and groups.  The game changer for workflow are the walkie-talkie / voice and the group chat.features.

Everyone you want in the group chat needs to download and create an account on Voxer.  Then, one person creates the group chat and adds everyone to the group.

What is Voxer?

A walkie-talkie app

Why use Voxer?

  1. Connect with colleagues in a jiffy.  
  2. Share ideas as images, voice, text, and in real-time as a walkie talkie.  
  3. Speedy!  Talking is so much faster than texting!

Benefits:

  1. Easy access to people in your Voxer group.
  2. Exchange information quickly and in real-time.  
  3. As people share ideas and information, other ideas previously unimaginable begin to develop.

How powerful would it be to use this tool to connect your grade levels, coaches, administrators, instructional teams, instructional coaches, the sky’s the limit?  Share a few ways you are using or plan to use Voxer in your educational setting.

Written By Ann Feldmann
@annfeldmann1

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