Swivl is the worldwide leader in video observation technology - currently helping over 30,000 schools, universities, and businesses achieve their goals - and the creators consider their platform to be, hands-down, the most effective method for providing staff CPD.
Built on the principle of collaborative CPD, or “teachers working with at least one other related professional on a sustained basis” (Semantic Scholar), the software has been designed to make it easy for teachers and school leaders to reflect, share, and both provide and receive meaningful feedback from peers, mentors, administrators, and coaches.
The patented Swivl robot (pictured below) is able to uniquely track a teacher as they move around a room, and with the multi-camera capabilities that only Swivl offers, not only is the speaker captured, but the interactions that occur in the room are recorded as well.
Swivl was recently included in ‘New technology, changing pedagogies? Exploring the concept of remote teaching placement supervision’, an academic paper from The University of Manchester (you can read the full paper, by Helen Chilton and Wendy McCracken, here).
“I thought that [the real-time recording] was a really positive part of using Swivl,” commented one user in the paper. “You could stop the video and think ‘well I have just done that there, I didn’t know that I did that’, and you jot something down, and then you could pick the video back up again and keep going with this. So I thought it was a lot easier to track through your session and be more specific in your reflections.”
Another user said this after using the resource: “My reflections are definitely more thorough, and you actually get to notice things about your delivery. I noticed in one of my sessions I didn’t give enough thinking time and speaking time for the child, and I jumped in too quickly. I think without this medium I would not have known that, other than [the supervisor] telling me. It has made me really think how I work with children.”
The Swivl team are led by a mission to strengthen collaboration in all schools. Tess Reiche-Johnson, a former teacher herself who now leads marketing for Swivl, discusses further:
“At Swivl, we think we have a solution to some of school's most pressing issues. With our video observation program, Swivl makes it easy for both administrators and coaches to provide meaningful feedback to teachers on their own schedule. You no longer have to physically be present in a classroom to provide skilled guidance from an unbiased perspective. With Swivl, not only is it incredibly easy to use, but we alone make it possible to always see and hear both the teacher and students, creating a holistic view of the classroom.”
Swivl are confident to boast not only the most effective teacher-CPD tool, but are also half the price of their leading competitor. What’s more, they never require lengthy contracts, and are keen for schools to try a 30 day, hands-on evaluation - personally delivered by a Swivl team member - before committing.
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