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Guest, Uncategorized | May 13, 2016

Science Teacher’s Swivl Journey

This past semester I was given a Swivl Robot to pilot in my classroom. The initial challenges were finding a filming device that wouldn’t shut off after 2-4 minutes and could handle longer length videos.  My 5s iPhone was not a good match as it could only handle about 4 minutes of filming.  It is good for short videos, but i...

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News, Uncategorized | April 18, 2016

Unveiling Swivl’s Brand New Robot and Classroom Tools!

We have some big news for you this morning! After many months of hard work, we are ready to announce the release of our newest products that will help make personalized, whole-child learning a reality. “Technology must support and inspire the hard work of teachers and students, not dictate it,” said Brian Lamb, Swivl co-f...

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Guest | April 11, 2016

Teaching Tech: Web Resources and Apps

The last few years have seen a dramatic change in technological education for children. Gone are the days where ICT lessons were exclusively about learning how to master Microsoft Office… nowadays, with advancing capabilities and increasing reliance on technology, the curriculum apportions a large chunk of time to coding, comp...

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Other, Recap | March 24, 2016

Cementing Student Learning with Messy Play

As a kid, returning to class after recess only to find out I’d be going back outside for a lesson was exciting every single time. It was usually for a science experiment, and there was always a mess (intended or not). It made learning even more fun. That’s what AO.com is doing with Month of Mess challenge. Messy play help...

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News, Recap | February 2, 2016

Introducing Recap: A video response and reflection tool

Teachers, Welcome Recap to Your Classroom! In what is easily one of our most exciting moves as a company, Swivl is thrilled to announce the release of a brand new app for teachers—Recap. And before we forget to mention it, you don’t need a Swivl Robot to make the most of what might just become one of your new favorite tea...

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Guest | January 8, 2016

Swivl Robot in the Hands of Science Students

This past semester I was given a Swivl Robot to pilot in my classroom.  The initial challenges were finding a filming device that wouldn’t shut off after 2-4 minutes and could handle longer length videos.  I didn't have any free space on my iPhone 5S, so it was not a good match.  We found that our iPads, which had larger st...

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Other | December 18, 2015

Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice

I took a speech class one semester when I was in undergraduate school. For our first assignment we had to give a short speech that the teacher videotaped. Our extended assignment was to watch the recording and critique our performance. That proved to be a very eye-opening experience for me. If you had asked me how I did right af...

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Guest | December 11, 2015

Swivl for Teacher Reflection

Our guest blogger this week is Patrick Donovan. Patrick is a former science teacher, who has taught in three districts across Iowa. He is currently in his third year as a Technology Integrationist at Ames High School in Ames, IA. He has been giving presentations on educational technology at conferences like ITEC, NETA, and TIES....

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Guest | November 18, 2015

5 Video Ideas for Your Literacy Instruction

Video is creeping into the education world slowly but surely. In fact, 94 percent of teachers have effectively used video in the classroom during the course of one school year, according to a study by Educational Support Systems. Video can be useful in a number of lessons and classroom settings, and is especially beneficial i...

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News | November 10, 2015

Swivl Gives Back: Nominate an Educator to Win a Swivl Robot

‘Tis the season. Midterm exams are just about behind everyone, and now the attention of the education community turns to Thanksgiving break (the much-needed reprieve before the big holiday break). Now is also about the time when those among us who are capable of planning ahead—myself not included—start coming up with gift...

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