SWIVL : Redefining Video for Professional Development

SWIVL is a robotic tool that enables educators to easily and cost-effectively capture, review and share instructional videos. Swivl puts teachers in control of how lectures are recorded, allows for the accommodation of all student learning styles and ensures no one ever misses a moment of instruction


With SWIVL you can use devices such as iPads and smartphones to record and stream easily and effectively. You’ll have the freedom to move around while the Swivl robot continues following you. Capture great video and audio using SWIVL wireless microphones staying in frame and capturing high quality audio.


SWIVL is presently been used for


Micro teaching: Capturing parts of lessons such as warmers, activities to develop listening, reading, speaking, vocabulary and language skills, and fillers and sharing these with other teachers.

Observation: teacher observation by peers or principal, for peer review and performance review. Swivl also allows the teacher to capture a particular part of the lesson over a few weeks to show to colleagues to help give a more holistic view of the learning sequence and development over a longer period of time.

Critical reflection:: Swivl is used to reflect on own teaching such as teacher-talking time versus student-talking time, or to observe aspects of student behaviour such as interaction patterns.

Assessment capture for evidence: Students can record spoken assessment tasks for feedback from peers or teachers, either as a formative or summative assessment. Students can also record themselves in class and then play the recording with the whole class to develop feedback skills and strategy training.

Mentoring: Teachers regularly have trainee teachers observing them in class. Swivl allow these teachers to capture their teaching moments for later reflection and portfolio evidence for their qualifications.

Deliver bite-sized content to kick-off a lesson or activity: Swivl allows teachers to produce their own content. A teacher can talk to the camera and then upload and sync PowerPoint slides, providing a good model for students of how to deliver a presentation..

Flip lesson material: Students view video material outside class time to allow them full use of class time for activities that benefit from more teacher guidance and support,

Provide standardised induction information: Easily create and share induction videos and continuing professional development resources to assist with mastery learning. 

Record case studies for action research: Swivl allows teachers to collect classroom evidence to reflect on and support hypothesis testing in action research.  It allows teachers to observe later and discover aspects of our teaching and or students’ behavior that we may have missed


Click below to view video and learn more about the various models of SWIVL