I've started using Voxer for personal and professional uses.
Personal: It's much easier than texting. I can talk into the "walkie talkie" piece instead of texting. Which comes in handy when I want to have a brief conversation with my friend as we swap pregnancy stories full of tmi questions. It's so much easier to share those awkward questions when you know your friend can hear the embarrassment in your voice or you don't have the word to explain what is happening.
Professional: Now the professional benefits are really the same. My partner teacher has kids so when it's bedtime and I have a question about tomorrow's lessons, I can Vox her and I know she'll get back to me as soon as she can. Another colleague has high school athletes and she is often attending games. She can't be on the phone during the games, but we can brain storm conference planning or tech night or compare notes on the days events with short voxes back and forth. It's been an incredible tool when connecting with "strangers" who have become friends from a #TLAP chat who all had an interest in blogging. We came together to challenge and support each other. That started last summer and it's still going....but now we push each other in so much more than blogging. We share ideas to use for conferences, in the classrooms, in extra curriculars, etc. I'm also part of the #edumatch Voxer group. This is an incredibly active group and I love listening to the light hearted and the intense conversations about education. There are constantly questions about podcasts and content and more! There's so much to gain from this group!! My final group is the Catholic Ed Chatish group. As a Catholic school teacher, it's a wonderful little group that shares my unique situation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment here or reach out and Vox me!