I’ve been hearing about Voxer off-and-on over the past year, but never really investigated it until Joe Mazza invited me to use it and chime in on a discussion of engaging ESL parents.

Voxer is a free mobile app that basically lets you leave group voice messages. You can easily create private groups, like the #BACKCHANNELedu one that Joe has begun.

It seems simple to use. It’s asynchronous — in other words, you leave a voice message and then other people in the group are immediately notified that you’ve left one. It also lists who has listened to the message you left.

It’s another venue where people can connect. I know Joe did a book club last year with Voxer on “Beyond The Bake Sale” with over sixty participants. It seems to me that it could a useful tool for speaking homework with an English Language Learner class. And it’s ideal for a family on the go to stay in touch.

I’d love to hear other ways people are using Voxer in education.

I’m adding this post to The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time.

Educator Bill Fitzgerald has some concerns about Voxer, but had a problem getting his comment through my Spam filter. So he sent some tweets to me that I’m embedding below: