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General, Swivl | February 1, 2017

Why Redefine Swivl? A letter from a Co-Founder

The new year gave us a chance to step back, reflect and refocus. It’s been nearly five years since we shipped the first Swivl! Since then, it's been an exciting journey filled with accomplishments and challenges as we’ve worked to help make an impact with over 20,000 schools, hundreds of thousands of users and across two pro...

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General, Swivl | February 17, 2017

The Difference between Traditional and Individualized Observations

Since launching the idea of Individualized Observations and Pro+ two weeks ago, we’ve had a groundswell of interest. We’re extremely excited about the dialogue this has opened up! We’ve also received a ton of questions. Beyond the product and technology questions, the most interesting questions have been about how Ind...

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Product News | February 1, 2017

Introducing Pro+, the Individualized Observation Tool

Introducing Pro+, the individualized observation tool that expands the focus of observations to students. Pro+ provides the capture and viewing experience required to put each individual student’s learning needs into focus during observations. The service is based on patent pending multi camera recording and playback softwa...

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Product News, Swivl | January 24, 2017

Swivl Expands Cloud Offering to Assure International Customers of Privacy

It’s important to inspire curiosity and increase engagement amongst students. It is more important, however, to do so while complying with privacy laws. As of January 2017, Swivl offers localized international video storage in the UK, Australia, Singapore, and Canada. This means that video content created by Team Accoun...

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Guest, Pioneers, User Stories | December 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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