There’s more! If you're just not sure if you should take a call, you can let it go to voicemail and Google Voice allows you to ListenInTM on your voicemail messages while they are being left. If you decide to take the call, you can connect to the call by pressing “*.” You can also record your conversation and listen to it later. Possibilities for misquotes...gone!
As an educator, the ability to record a conversation or voicemail provides a simple and easy way to capture audio for podcasts or conversations with experts that students can listen to at any time. All conversations and voicemail recordings are saved as audio files that can be used as you wish i.e. sent via email, published on a website or blog, saved on a wiki.
Who's doing this?
- Christopher Casal - Elementary school technology teacherChris Casal, the technology teacher & tech coordinator at PS 10 Brooklyn uses his Google Voice number on a daily basis to keep the parent-teacher line of communication open & accessible as well as serve as a point of contact available to all members of the school community.
- Sarah Dominick - High school math teacher
Sarah Dominick invites her students to use Google Voice which she loves because they’re messages don’t go directly to her personal phone number and they are archived for access anytime. She says that through Google Voice her students text her to find out about quizzes and homework as well as ask specific questions about their schoolwork. You can listen to Sarah here.
- Paulino Brener - World Language TeacherWhen it comes to students who are shy or very nervous about talking in front of the whole class, Paulino Brener finds Google Voice works well. He explains that, “Sometimes even answering a simple question like ‘¿Cuál es tu color favorito?’ produces a strong reaction and inhibition from these students.” Because of this, it becomes a challenge to help them develop appropriate oral communicative skills. What to do? Brenner decided to use Google Voice. He explains that most of his students have an easier time recording a quick message than trying to produce language in the classroom setting. With Google Voice you don’t have to worry about recording equipment or recording software for a computer. You don’t even need a computer lab at all. All students (at least in the US) have access to phones. You can turn Google Voice into your Language Lab. Read Brener’s suggestions for using Google Voice here.
More ideas for learning
- A personal secretaryLet Google Voice be your personal secretary, transcribing your messages, allowing you to skip messages from callers you don't want to hear from, and inviting you to eavesdrop as a message is being left for you.
- Student assessmentProvide voice recordings for student assessment. Leave messages for students about their work by recording your voice then send it to them using the tool that works for you i.e. emailing it to the student, post the link in your content management system, etc.
- Share message recordings
Easily share messages with your school administrator. Rather than explaining to your principal details about a message a concerned parent left, Google Voice lets you forward the audio message and transcript via email. Nothing is lost in translation.
- Go to http://www.google.com/voice
- Create Google Account
- Verify Your Registration
- Sign in to choose your number
- Create your PIN
- Add a Forwarding Phone
- Verify your Number
For more information
For more information visit voice.google.com or Chris Casal’s Google Voice tutorial at https://www.dropbox.com/s/ejowvf2e50ojb7x/GoogleVoice_081612.pdf