Lecture Capture Using Swivl

19 Mar


Swivl is an easy and cost effective way to capture and add video to your classroom.  With Swivl, your IOS device becomes a personal cameraman with a wireless microphone.  To start recording lectures in your classroom, all you need is an iPhone, the Swivl app on your iPhone, and a Swivl.  In addition to the classroom, you can easily capture and share other learning experiences like office hours, labs, and working sessions. Swivl is an app that you download to your iPhone but it also works with collaboration tools like Adobe Connect and Ustream.  

Mrs. Amber Hug, a biology instructor at Harding University has been using Swivl this school year to record lab sessions.  “I have enjoyed using the Swivl very much.  It has allowed me to record techniques that I want my students to perform in my labs.  I plan to use the Swivl more to make videos outside of lab time to have ahead of time for the students to use in preparing for lab.”

Amber uses the  Swivl as a mechanism to review lab procedures before exams.  She posts the videos online to Youtube through her free Harding provided account and then links to them from Canvas for students to view.

A nice feature of the Swivl, noted by Mrs. Amber Hug, is the small size and portability of the device. For those who have an iPhone 5 you will need to purchase a converter because the charger plug for the new phone has been modified.  However, the app still works great.  The converter is small and easy to use as well.
Amber recommends the “Swivl for student presentations that you want to post for critical feedback, important techniques that you are trying to teach students, and just as a way to record audio lectures in class.”
If you are interested in learning more about how Swivl can be used in your classroom, please contact Connie Elrod with the Center for Learning with Technology at x5756 to get more information.
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