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.
More and more teachers and schools are using technology to aid in teacher observation. Ten years ago teacher observation was typically a vice principal sitting in the back of the room, scribbling down notes on a legal pad, and missing about half of the lesson. With SWIVL not only can you capture the whole lesson, you can capture the wholistic lesson.
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.
SWIVL is helping teachers create better observation videos but it’s also fun for them and they can watch lessons back and refine their craft on their own as well. If there’s ever a need for distance learning, like a student on an extended medical absence, SWIVL gives a more natural feeling to the viewer, almost like they’re in the classroom themselves.
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