SWIVL Is the Teacher Observation System That All Teachers and Administrators Need, Here’s Why.
Professional development is one of the most important things when it comes to teachers and furthering their educational experience in the classroom. The problem is, is that there’s barely any time or resources available now for truly good and effective professional development. Teacher observations have fallen to the wayside and many schools just don’t have the human resources to devote an administrator to professional development. The days of an administrator sitting in the back of the room and watching a class with a legal pad and pencil are long gone.
SWIVL is here to help with a robotic teacher observation system and a cloud based collaborative community for teacher and professional development.
When we first reported on SWIVL back in 2014 they had introduced a robotic device for moving a mobile devices camera around to follow the teacher for a number of reasons. Student projects, flipped classroom, distance learning, lecture capture and more, all came to mind with the amazing new tool. Over the next four years, SWIVL transformed into the must have tool for teacher observation.
The SWIVL robot is designed to hold a mobile device with a camera onboard. When combined with the SWIVL Marker/Microphone, the robot rotates automatically ensuring that the teacher is always in the shot. It’s doing this by following the marker, so if the teacher moves from the left side of the room to the right side of the room, it’s automatically following. It’s like having your own camera operator with you at all times.
The marker itself is also a microphone so that the teachers voice is always heard, and at the same level, consistently throughout the video.
With this technology, teachers quickly started using it to tape their classes for the purpose of professional development. Now they can share their teaching with coaches, administrators and other colleagues to get feedback and share ways they taught different kinds of material.
SWIVL also has a mutli camera system where other in room devices can be utilized as part of the video process. Chromebooks can be used on student desks to capture reactions, feedback and questions as the lesson is being taught. Additional markers can be used to capture their voices as well, providing an unparalleled, next level, professional development tool.
One of the best parts for teachers is that SWIVL is extremely easy to set up, it’s virtually ready to go out of the box. It also doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, teachers and schools can get up and running for less than $1000 per classroom. The results are invaluable.
See the future of professional development in person at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th, booth #1594 and online at swivl.com