What is the Voxer?
In Dale Stephens’ book Hacking your Education, he promotes the idea of uncollege and learning on your own. He talks about how one way to create your own learning environment is to host a salon type experience at your house or dorm or wherever. Invite intelligent people over, feed them some yummy food and discuss. Voila! Your very own incubator for ideas and inspiration at the low cost of a pizza or a home cooked meal. Then today, thanks to recommendations from two friends on Voxer, I visited 99u.com and stumbled upon an article about the importance of a support group for creatives. The article spoke of a “creatives anonymous” type group.
Then, I realized how Voxer is my version of the Salons. These groups are becoming increasingly valuable as my creative support groups. It’s a wonderful island of concentrated talk (and sometimes just silly jibber-jam and skim-skam chat with our own lexicon of choice words) in a sea of tweets, blog posts and conferences that don’t seem to carry enough of a continuous relationship to really keep my feet grounded and my head reaching ever higher up.
The future of social networking and your PLC
I am a connected educator. This is not a lofty title or self promotion. All this means is that when I have a question, I can tweet something out and there are people who tweet back to help me. All it means is that I have contributed just enough good to the ecosystem of education technology that I can occasionally dip from the vast well for help and support. All it means is that I can speak to the Internet, and it speaks back. I think once a learner is at the stage where the Internet speaks back, the learner is on the edge of a richer interaction and learning system. The next step is to use tools to break out and have longer, sustained conversations with your favourite people on the Web. Enter Voxer or whatever tool for creating smaller groups for hanging out, messing around and geeking out.