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General | September 8, 2020

Swivl is Worth the Wait

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As of the time of this writing in September 2020, we are still experiencing a backlog in shipping and are striving to produce thousands of robots expediently, absorbing extra logistical costs of production in order to get them out to our users as swiftly as possible. If you are waiting for your shipment to arrive or have been...

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General | August 29, 2020

Coaching, Interrupted: Rediscovering Purpose and Progress this Fall

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For a majority of educators, a realization started to sink in towards the end of March: frustration and panic were going to be barriers to real professional learning at this time. Coaches were faced with a faculty skeptical of spending so much time learning to use tools that, from their view, they may never need again. So tea...

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General | August 7, 2020

Swivl Will Be There for You, Regardless of the Challenge

Uncharted Waters Over the last few months, Swivl has watched the unfolding of a massive upheaval in the education system. Teachers and school leaders were thrown into the midst of an unpredictable situation, and with that came confusion and frustration. This is not to mention the impact the disruption was having on students. ...

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General, Product News, Security | January 27, 2020

Stronger Swivl account security

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Using weak passwords and managing multiple logins are big security threats and should be avoided by every educational institution.  To strengthen our software security at no additional cost and offer you greater convenience and flexibility, Swivl Teams now includes Single Sign-on (SSO) authentication.  It allows teachers, c...

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General, Multi-Marker, Swivl | October 18, 2019

Audio and Wireless Microphones

From the very first version of Swivl’s robot we realized how important clear audio is for our customers.  It is not enough to see what the teacher is doing, but it is also important to hear them and in most cases to hear student replies, questions, and conversations so that engagement can be observed and measured.  Most c...

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General, Product News, Security | September 23, 2019

Removing YouTube integration for your safety

Effective September 27, 2019 we are removing the “Export to YouTube” feature from the Swivl Teams platform. This is a feature that was added early in our platform based on a few customer requests. But after a long internal discussion and with support from key customers, we have decided to remove it. What motivated this de...

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General, Product News | August 27, 2019

Swivl is hit with new tariffs

Update 8/27/2019: On Friday, August 23rd, President Trump added new products to the China tariffs effective September 1.  Unfortunately Swivl products are included in this latest round.  We decided to absorb the increase for the month of September.  But we have to raise the prices on our hardware products effective October...

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General, K-12 Uses | February 5, 2019

Meeting ESSA’s evidence-based requirement with video

There has been a fundamental shift in education policy in the past decade - a “hands off” approach - encouraged by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which places more onus on state education agencies (SEAs) to implement accountability, school improvement, and professional development for teachers as the states see fit...

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General, Product News | March 27, 2018

Swivl Speech Analysis

Do Students Talk Enough in Class? Most teachers don’t realize how much time they spend talking during a lesson. While some teachers rightly elevate and emphasize student voices and limit their own talk time, most are unaware of the real breakdown of talk time between teacher (TTT) and students (STT). That’s because it’s...

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General, Product News | February 2, 2018

Watch What Matters, Skip the Rest.

Swivl Smart Playback A typical NFL football game lasts over 3 hours, but if you add up only the time where the ball is in play, it’s only about 10 minutes of action. What a waste of time! The same can be true for any video - not every minute is worth watching. So, wouldn’t it be great if we could just skip the boring stuf...

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