I just got my Google Voice invite and have been doing a little experimenting with my students in mind. I decided to put the below widget on our class website, so students can call me if they have something urgent they need to talk to me about.
There are a few things I like about this solution:
- It allows students to get in touch with me without knowing my number.
- I can set a custom voicemail greeting that only my students using this widget will hear.
- I can choose to have these calls go directly to voicemail, so that I'm immediately alerted but not interrupted, when a student needs something.
- ONLY my students will be able to call me from this widget, as our site is only accessible to them and to the other German teacher.
The other settings for widget creation and the overall interface for Google Voice are in the screenshot below:
If you'd like to try out Google Voice, you can request an invite from Google here. And if you want to fool around with a widget, I made one just for this post for you all to try out. It'll go right to voicemail and messages are very easy to listen to and delete, so feel free to test it out.