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Voxer Enables Virtual Collaboration

A low bandwidth solution connects remote students for inter-classroom discussion

Voxer is an application I use in my classroom to incorporate verbal collaboration. Voxer is a walkie-talkie type app where teachers can assign students to groups, pose questions, and have students verbally discuss the questions with a virtual audience. When Voxer is being used by students, they are switching between verbal and written communication. Most groups will verbally respond to questions and other students' will type their answers. Voxer is a great application for connecting students virtually with students their own age with limited bandwidth use.

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Students In Action
 
 
Presentation
 
 
This is a link to a presentation I did with two of my Montana colleagues. Although it is geared towards developing professional learning networks as teachers, it contains some important information on how to use Voxer to virtually connect. It also shows you how to set-up Voxer and why Voxer is a great tool to use as an educator.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This link is to a blog post I wrote on Teachability on 3 ways to digitally innovate in the blended classroom. Within the post, I address the importance of virtual collaboration via Voxer. The post also gives a brief overview of the project.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This is a link to a Vox I recorded at the beginning of the school year surrounding behavior in my class. As you can hear, Voxer isn't just for virtually collaborating. It can be used as a great reflective tool for teachers too.
Students In Action
 
 
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This link is to a blog post I wrote on Teachability on 3 ways to digitally innovate in the blended classroom. Within the post, I address the importance of virtual collaboration via Voxer. The post also gives a brief overview of the project.
Teacher Reflection
 
 
This is a link to a Vox I recorded at the beginning of the school year surrounding behavior in my class. As you can hear, Voxer isn't just for virtually collaborating. It can be used as a great reflective tool for teachers too.
Presentation
 
 
This is a link to a presentation I did with two of my Montana colleagues. Although it is geared towards developing professional learning networks as teachers, it contains some important information on how to use Voxer to virtually connect. It also shows you how to set-up Voxer and why Voxer is a great tool to use as an educator.
Jessica Anderson
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, MT


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Science
Grade:
Ninth grade
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