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General | February 22, 2021

An Instructional Model That Supports Students, Both Inside and Outside the Classroom

Modern Classrooms Project

It all started in a high school math classroom in Washington, D.C. Two math teachers, Kareem Farah and Rob Barnett, connected over their shared frustration: both were trying to teach advanced math to students who lacked fundamental skills, if they came to school at all. But what could they do? Rob and Kareem began to brainstorm...

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User Stories | February 21, 2021

How One Tech Coach Ignited Hybrid Learning with Swivl

Renee Epstein

About River Forest Public Schools District 90 Located in the Chicago SuburbsUpper middle class neighborhoodTotal student population is about 1500Adopted a hybrid learning model for 2020-21 About Renee Epstein English teacher for 16 yearsFirst year as district Technology Integration Specialist When Renee Epstein took...

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Teams | January 21, 2021

Developing Teacher Agency Through Edited Video

Teachers should be empowered to face the challenges they experience in their own classrooms. As a fourth grade teacher, I met with my instructional coach just once per quarter. It was frequent enough for administration to check the box indicating that I got coaching, but remained mostly an empty exercise. It was not uncommon fo...

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General | January 20, 2021

Our New Vision and Mission

save humanity

After a chaotic 2020, we are entering 2021 with a new company vision and mission. We hope this new direction will guide our focus not just for the next year or two, but for the next decade. Our vision is for humanity to flourish at the dawn of AI and beyond. Our mission is to scale coaching in education, using technology....

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User Stories | January 19, 2021

How Fairmont’s Swivl Setup Gives Teachers and Students More Freedom in Hybrid Classrooms

Hybrid classroom student

Throughout 2020, teachers began to adapt their teaching styles to remote or hybrid learning. Instructional strategies went into the experimentation phase, while teachers supported students’ academic and social-emotional needs during a time of crisis. Fairmont School leaders knew their teachers would be feeling the strain o...

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Skilled.space | January 12, 2021

The Unanswered Email Effect

skilled space

“Coaches have to start by listening,” one skilled.space coach told us recently. Many teachers, however, feel like they aren’t being heard. A tech-forward elementary school teacher ran into a familiar problem with virtual learning. Her kids would go into one piece of learning software on the school-provided iPads or Chr...

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General | December 15, 2020

Why Hybrid is Likely in Your School’s Path to Safety

pandemic school safety

At the time of writing this, the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 and over, and doses for the highest priority groups have been dispatched to states. This comes at a time when cities are shutting back down, holiday plans are being canceled, and everyone is clamoring for some kind of reassurance that there is an...

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User Stories | December 9, 2020

Support Teachers Using Swivl for Hybrid Learning with These 3 Daily Procedures


Fairmont Schools Director DJ Clovis shares the standard operating procedures he developed to help over 100 teachers in his school network use Swivl every day for hybrid learning. After investing in new hardware, district technology departments and administrators want to ensure that teachers make the most of their tech by ...

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User Stories | December 9, 2020

How Fairmont Schools Creates an Equitable Hybrid Learning Environment Through a Swivl-powered Setup

By using a Swivl as the center-piece of their hybrid classroom set-up, Fairmont Schools gives their students an experience that better mimics a traditional classroom, and connects them to their teacher and classmates. In the summer of 2020, Fairmont School leaders realized they would need to teach students in-person and a...

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Product News, Skilled.space, Teams | December 9, 2020

Coaching is Essential, and Virtual Systems Make it Easy

As many classrooms have been forced to move back online, teacher coaching has become more essential than ever. Waiting around for the classroom to open up again to restart a coaching program isn’t an option anymore. It’s time to elevate the priority of coaching as an essential practice that delivers help to teachers who n...

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