As a teacher going into her fifteenth year in the profession, I have come to truly value the benefit of reflection as a way to hone my craft, and outside of student work samples, video is the best tool for reflection. Whether I see that I spent the majority of my time on a certain side of the room or I note a flaw in my explanation or demonstration of a concept, each time I video my class, I see things that I was unaware of during the instruction itself. In essence, video allows me to observe my own classroom and allows me to make changes that benefit both me and my students as a result.
Flipped instruction is a new focus for me as our school went 1:1 with chromebooks, cut the Language Arts curriculum to one class period, and adopted Canvas as our school-wide learning management system during the 2016-2017 school year. Although the connection between flipped instruction and individualized classroom observations may not be obvious, I believe providing these to my students who are absent or need remediation with a concept they didn’t fully grasp during the lesson itself is a natural extension of them because it allows students to recapture the classroom experience, see the lesson from a different perspective, and control the speed of the experience.
As someone who has recorded with a traditional camera and an ipad using a tripod and a student videographer, I am so excited about the possibilities of the Swivl. I have already convinced my administration to buy one for the school for me to pilot with the understanding that I will document my successes and failures with it and train the rest of the faculty to use it, so becoming a Swivl Pioneer would fit perfectly with what I will already be doing at the school level.
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