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News, Recap | February 2, 2016

Introducing Recap: A video response and reflection tool

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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 benefici...

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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 gi...

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News | November 4, 2015

Setting a Plan to Save America’s Education System

Next year, your school district is set to receive $20 million to stimulate significant improvements to student and teacher performance. You mostly remember overhearing administrators speak of applying for a grant, but now it’s actually here. Now you have to devise a real plan that turns millions of dollars into results. Ima...

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News, Swivl | October 23, 2015

Get to Know FERPA and COPPA: Reasons to Reconsider YouTube for Your School

When we talk about instructional video today we aren’t referring to a math teacher playing Stand and Deliver for the umpteenth time. A more universally accessible internet and its many services have made it easier than ever for educators to connect with students and other teachers within and beyond their classrooms. Student...

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