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Video in the Classroom

video in the classroom

In recent years, video in the classroom has been recognized as a highly effective instructional tool. However, for many instructors and trainers, the creating video for use in the classroom has been hampered by a variety of roadblocks. The amount of time and effort required, the bulky setup necessary, and difficulty storing and sharing large video files, have all made effectively creating and using video in the classroom a difficult task.

Swivl now provides an easy-to-use solution that takes the work out of creating video for use in the classroom.

Browse the ideas below to see how you can put Swivl to work for you.

Provide student access to content 24/7.

Because some students require more time with class material than is available in the classroom, 24/7 access to content can be a game changer for students.

Christopher Harrison, an associate professor at San Diego State University, found that Swivl eliminated the worries of daily download restrictions or storage limits and allowed him to easily make videos available for student access. In addition, Professor Harrison found that recording a lecture with synchronized presentation slides made it very easy for students to find a specific spot in a lecture for review.

Find out more about Professor Harrison's experience with Swivl and how it has enabled him to easily provide 24/7 access to students, allowing them to learn at their own pace...

Create opportunities for administrator observations and teacher reflection.

Video can be very powerful when used for modeling, coaching, and reflection. Swivl allows teachers to record instruction for self reflection and improvement or share with others. Use Swivl Cloud, to build a library of best practices to share among professionals.

The video below shows Swivl in action at Grand Valley University. Read their case study for more about how Swivl is being used to observe student teachers from a distance in order to provide quality feedback on instruction without being a distraction.

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Make learning visible by recording peer collaboration and problem solving.

Gain insight into student thinking by asking students to investigate, problem solve, discuss, question, and collaborate with their peers and record their interaction.  Build confidence and improve learning outcomes.

With the multi-marker capabilities of the C Series robot, you can connect up to 4 additional markers simultaneously. This allows you to capture audio from all corners of a classroom and switch who Swivl “follows.”

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Create a digital portfolio with video assessments and reflections.

Assess fluency, comprehension and student improvement using video. Students can create video reflections of projects. Easily share links from Swivl Cloud for inclusion in a digital portfolio or send the link to a parent to keep them apprised of their student's progress.

Video records can be a big help during parent conferences and a great way to record student growth.

Keep lessons on track.

Use the heads-up display and the built-in "Outlines" tool in the Swivl Practice app to view lesson plans, notes or an agenda while recording.

You can use Outlines to give you a heads up reminder of where you are at and create a navigational tool for viewers upon sharing.

Share instruction with absent, homebound or off-site students.

Katie Parent, an English teacher in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, did just that when one of her hardworking students had to miss an extensive amount of school for hospital treatments.

Find out just how Katie used Swivl to help this student remain on track...

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Flip and blend instruction.

Allow for anytime, anywhere learning by flipping classroom instruction, faculty meetings, or professional development sessions while engaging in online discussions and tracking viewing analytics.

Swivl has produced a free whitepaper that introduces and summarizes some of the key advantages and results of the flipped classroom. In addition, the whitepaper shares the ways in which Swivl enables educators to quickly and easily flip their classrooms.

Assess student performance.

Provide students with a set of questions or tasks to complete. Ask them to record their work and evaluate the process.

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Capture assignments.

Don't assign problems from a text book. Engage learners through video-based authentic learning experiences.

Create engaging video newsletters.

Let parents or staff know what's going on by providing regular video newsletters with instructional tips and tricks, but don't stop there. Let students become "makers" and create their own videos to share in newsletters, giving parents an insider's look into their student's classroom!

More Ideas for Using Swivl Video in the Classroom...

  • Record student-written scripts.

  • Let students show what they know about a topic.

  • Film commercials or public service announcements.

  • Record great teaching strategies taking place in your school. Call attention to them at weekly faculty meetings so that every teacher can keep becoming more effective!

  • Create verbal reflections for PBL projects.

  • Let student teachers evaluate their lessons and self-reflect before getting critique from a supervising teacher.

  • Use Swivl to record fishbowl discussions.

  • Co-teach with your handy Swivl sidekick!

  • Start recording yourself teaching and self-evaluate on a frequent basis.

  • Record teacher workshops.
  • Have students create a short reflection video to show parents at conferences.

  • Make classroom observations for edTPA and teacher certification easier.

  • Record student presentations and make self-evaluation part of their project requirements.

  • Easily make accommodations by allowing students to answer questions verbally.

  • Improve pronunciation/vocab/listening comprehension in Spanish class.

  • Record science labs and other hands-on demonstrations (cooking, art, carpentry, etc.) for students who are absent.

Get started using video in the classroom today.