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Teachscape now works with the Swivl robot for PD

By Laura Devaney
May 18th, 2015

Teachscape Effectiveness Platform, in conjunction with video from Swivl, could help educators with self-reflection and collaboration

teachscape-educatorTeachscape has partnered with Swivl to further support educators in video-based professional development.

Through the partnership, educators can use the Swivl Robot, in conjunction with their mobile devices, to capture classroom videos of their own instructional practices and then upload them to the Teachscape Effectiveness Platform to receive feedback, engage in self-reflection, and collaborate and share best practices with their colleagues.

“We are committed to providing schools and districts with the most robust resources to help improve teaching practices and, ultimately, student achievement,” said Andrew Morrison, CEO of Teachscape. “Our partnership with Swivl further advances this goal by providing educators at all levels – from teaching candidates to experienced educators – with better video of their own classroom practices so that they can engage in more meaningful self-reflection and evidence-based professional development.”

Swivl, recently named a “Cool Vendor” in education by Gartner, lets educators capture videos from anywhere, at any time using their own mobile devices. Once the tablet or smartphone is attached, Swivl’s robotic mobile accessory tracks, follows and records educators as they move around the classroom and interact with students.

“Swivl allows educators to capture targeted, high-quality video that they can use as an embedded part of the professional development process,” said Brian Lamb, co-founder and CEO of Swivl. “Now, through our partnership with Teachscape, educators can use that video within Teachscape’s feature-rich platform to really hone in on their strengths and areas in need of improvement to support their professional growth.”

Teachscape customers that were early adopters of the technologies, including Fort Worth Independent School District and Texas Tech University, have already started using Swivl in conjunction with Teachscape. “These technologies have been an asset in allowing our coaches, evaluators and teachers to work together to improve professional practice,” said Andrew McKenzie, TIF Project Manager of Fort Worth Independent School District.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura