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An example of a Voxer Conversation  between the #satchat moderators.

An example of a Voxer Conversation between the #satchat moderators.

Since April 2012 #satchat has engaged educators from all over the world in a positive and progressive educational conversation on Saturday mornings. As one of many educational chats on Twitter, we try to make the hour of educational conversation engaging, practical and something that educators can use in their classroom or school office the next school day. But one of the issues that people have with Twitter chats is the limited characters available for a message. I addressed this concern in a February 2013 blog post called The Great 140 Character Debate. But there is some truth to this issue.

Many Twitter chats have so much information being provided, in such a short time, that educators want to look back at the conversation well after it has ended. #satchat archives the conversation and then tweets out the link to the information a few hours after the conversation ends. This tends to help those looking to catch up on what was discussed. But there is another group of educators who wish to engage in Twitter chats and want to take the conversation to the next level or a little deeper. This is where Twitter Chats 2.0 comes in. It’s an opportunity for educators who wish to take the conversation beyond the hour and continue to share information and learn from each other.

To take the Twitter chats to 2.0 #satchat will use Google Forms and Voxer. Starting on Saturday, July 12, 2014 a link to a Google form will be sent out on Twitter toward the end of the conversation. Those interested in taking the conversation deeper and through the rest of the week can sign up for the Voxer group. Brad Currie, Billy Krakower and I will be joined by the guest moderator, when we have one scheduled, or another educator who is knowledgeable on the subject, and discuss the topic in more depth throughout the week. This will give us (all educators) an opportunity to really learn from each other without the character or time limitations.

If you are not familiar with Voxer, it’s simply awesome. Voxer is like a walkie-talkie that records audio, but it also records text, pictures and links. You can Vox (I know it’s not a real word!) with one person or a group of people. I’m in a number of Voxer conversations with educators from all over the United States and the conversations have been incredible. You can contribute as much or as little as you wish and when you want. Sound familiar?

So if you like #satchat please continue to join the Global Educational Conversation each Saturday morning. But if you want to take that conversation to the next level, join us through the Voxer conversation and be part of taking Twitter Chats to 2.0.

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