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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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Product News | August 16, 2016

Back-to-School Newsletter

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Just in time for the new school year, the Swivl team is back to share with you new features and product updates for Swivl and Recap that are sure to get you excited. We've made it a whole lot easier to search and discover video content on Swivl Cloud, and we're improving usability of Recap by increasing device compatibility and ...

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General, User Stories | July 27, 2016

Plug Your Disengaged STEM Students back in with Digital Storytelling

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While for many students, STEM Lab or going to the Maker Studio at their school might be their favorite part of the day, we’ve all encountered the student who has totally disengaged from science or math in school. For some, it might be Math Anxiety, for others they may feel anxious about being an underrepresented population wit...

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User Stories | July 14, 2016

Educators Build on Reflective Teaching Practices to Get Students College-Ready

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Mrs. Natalie June is an elementary school principal at the Aspire Rosa Parks Academy in Stockton, CA and a true leader in education. Having just wrapped up her 11th year at Rosa Parks, this passionate educator knows that it's never too early to start thinking about college. "At Aspire we are really college driven. I want student...

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