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Using Voice Recognition Apps


Social media apps are all around us. My devices are full of them. I use some of them often. Other more irregularly. Some need deleting!

Voxer is an app that took space on my devices for quite a while. I downloaded upon the recommendation from a friend. But it just sat there. I really didn’t have a need to connect with groups of people via a walkie talkie type app – or so I thought. My thoughts about it were similar to my confusion about Twitter in my early years with a Twitter account.

I am a learner. I learn best by doing. When it comes to deciding on social media apps that I use on a consistent basis, I need to embed them into my daily life. Last summer I took the plunge with Voxer during the ISTE14 conference. I happened to find a group of other educators who were lamenting about not being at ISTE – just as I was at the time! A hash tag (#notatiste14) turned into a Voxer group and a Google+ Community. The group connected way past the actual conference and some members still communicate to this day via the app proving to me the power of Voxer as yet another way to connect with other educators..

Since my initial trial, I have used Voxer to connect with other educators for book studies and smaller group projects. Voxer has added value to my learning journey. As an educator my mind always shifts to the classroom. How could voxer be used in the classroom?

The following plan is one I wrote for the Smarter Balance Digital Library as a resource for professional development section. I was on the review committee last year. I wrote and reviewed materials for submission. There are many useful formative assessment ideas in the Smarter Balance Digital Library worth checking out – if your state has access. This is ONLY one example of how Voxer could be used in the classroom. The actual uses are probably unlimited ….

How do you (or could you) use Voxer in the classroom?

Let’s start sharing other ideas in the comment section below! 

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Using Voice Recognition Apps for Personalized Feedback

Learning Target: Educators will learn how to use voice recognition apps to provide students timely and effective feedback.

Success Criteria: Educators can use voice recognition apps to provide students feedback.

Initial Resource:

The Teaching Channel video: Podcasting to Personalize Feedback


(If you have difficulty finding the video clip try going to https://www.teachingchannel.org/ and search for Podcasting to Personalize Feedback)

This video shows ELA teacher, Sara Brown Wessling, using voice technology to provide students feedback on their writing.

Today, educators have additional options to provide students feedback via voice. Sample apps are listed at the end of this resource.


Feedback can be written or verbal. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each. Have teachers collaboratively determine pros and cons to written and verbal feedback.

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View Teaching Channel Video: https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/student-feedback-through-technology


Questions provided with Teaching Channel Video include:

  • How does recording the feedback make it more personal than written feedback?
  • In what ways does providing feedback via a podcast make the process more collaborative?
  • Why do you think students are more likely to listen to recorded feedback than written feedback?


Introduce a variety of voice recognition apps. A few to explore include:

  • Voxer: http://voxer.com/
    • Voxer is a next generation push-to-talk app that is differentiated from others by providing live voice that is simultaneously recorded, delivered over any data network, and stored in the cloud. (FREE and pricing plans available)
    • The teacher could have separate voxer groups for each student. Teacher could provide feedback on a piece of writing (as in the video). Students would receive that feedback in real time and could be listen to the feedback multiple times. Teacher/student could continue the conversation about the piece of writing.
    • Voxer also allows for groups of people to interact.
    • Evernote is a suite of software and services, designed for notetaking and archiving. A “note” can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten “ink” note. Notes can also have file attachments.

Next Steps

Decide on an app to use. Commit to trying it with a few students. Come back together to discuss use of app and effects with students.

Consider how apps could be used to provide peer feedback.


Hattie, J, and Timperley, H. “The Power of Feedback.” The Power of Feedback. REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, Mar. 2007. Web. 05 Oct. 2014. <http://rer.sagepub.com/content/77/1/81>.


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