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Guest, Pioneers, User Stories | December 20, 2016

Patrick Donovan – Using a Swivl to Help Students Learn How to Present Better

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Students are expected to present in so many of their classes, but how often do we actually spend time on helping students become better presenters? So many of the student presentations I see involve a ton of words on a slide and the student reading them off, word by word. The students do not look at their audience or spend a lot...

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Swivl, Teacher Development | December 12, 2016

Swivl for Video Observations

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Video Observations Put You at the Wheel By choosing which of your lessons to record and share, you can take charge of your own professional development. By making the most of Swivl’s hardware and software tools to easily capture what’s going on in your class, you can grow as a professional community by sharing it priv...

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General, Uncategorized | December 8, 2016

4 Tips for Flipping your Class

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1. Start Small. Flipping your class is a big endeavor! Just like any journey of 1000 miles, start with just one step. Kick off by flipping single lesson or unit. If you’re a multi-subject teacher, flip just one subject to test the waters. 2. Set Expectations. A flipped class model often represents an opposite experience f...

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Multi-Marker | November 16, 2016

Measuring Student Engagement During Observation

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Historically, teacher observations happened infrequently, and were usually done by another school staff member who would sit in on a class. The observer would be tasked with watching the whole class and analyzing their behavior to review the teacher’s performance and provide professional development. A key element of the obser...

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General, User Stories | October 21, 2016

Teachers Improve Practice with Video

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This week, I had the pleasure of catching up with Natalie June, an inspiring educator from California and former Principal at the Aspire Rosa Parks Academy. We have told you about her passion for education in one of our previous blog posts, but since then she has taken on a new challenge. As one of the new Directors of Teacher R...

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General, Swivl | October 20, 2016

Use Annotations to Accelerate Language Learning

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Use Annotated Videos to Accelerate Language Learning Using video for student reflection can accelerate the retention of new language skills by inspiring that “A-ha!” moment in a novel way. Swivl’s free web services offer teachers a platform to harness the power of video for student reflection. Our services provide ann...

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User Stories | October 7, 2016

A Quick Take on Swivl

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I’ve been waiting for this moment for months. Our demo Swivl unit arrived yesterday afternoon, and we began playing with it after school. I’ve got a student teacher in Kindergarten who will need to be videotaped (dreaded edTPA . . .), so I instantly thought of Swivl. I’ve also got a 4th grade teacher who wants to know what...

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Product News | October 7, 2016

Introducing One-Way Annotations

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Swivl Cloud users with Free accounts are now able to share feedback with other users through time-stamped annotations. The new Annotations feature transforms video from a tool for reflection into a much more valuable instructional tool. With Annotations, you can leave comments to help you and your students or collaborators easil...

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General | October 7, 2016

Fall Newsletter

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User Story: Transforming Small-Group Learning with Swivl’s Expand Lens Biology and Physics teacher from California, Josh Chan, recently tried out the new Swivl Expand Lens for iPads with his students. While many people are familiar with wide angle lens use in photography, the Swivl Expand Lens was specifically designed for t...

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User Stories | August 23, 2016

Biology Teacher Uses a Simple Group Learning Observation Tool

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How can a teacher get the most out of small group learning and truly understand the dynamics of group work in their class? With so many students to pay attention to, how can one take a close look at which students are struggling or where in the exercise things really clicked for a particular student? Swivl offers a new, easy way...

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