Swivl is an innovative video collaboration system that allows educators to record a variety of videos for professional development, flipped classrooms, and teacher or student observations. The Teams by Swivl platform offers secured sharing, video analysis tools such as time stamped commenting, bookmarking, and rubrics, and editing capabilities that help educators to build best practice video libraries.
It's also a great way to connect with remote students during hybrid and distance learning because the Swivl robot tracks the teacher and captures teacher and student voices during a live streamed session and is compatible with a variety of live streaming applications. Further, the teacher can hear remote students through flexible audio setups that any classroom is equipped to handle.
If you're not planning to be a direct user of Swivl's system, but are responsible for inventory, logistics, or are the owner of a Swivl Team, please Access our Swivl Logistics Toolkit
The Swivl solution consists of three major components:
- Swivl Teams = web-based collaboration and coaching platform
- Swivl App = mobile application for iOS and Android devices; required in order to connect to the Swivl robot
- Swivl robot = hardware to capture 360° video
- Swivl markers = auxiliary microphones to capture student audio from several places in the classroom
Also available are:
- Swivl+ for Desktop = record presentation content and video at the same time. Available for Mac and PC.
- Swivl+ for Mobile = other mobile devices in your classroom should have this app installed to seamlessly join your multi-camera video observations. Available for iOS and Android.
Getting Started with Swivl
Before you dive into the Swivl robot setup, it's imperative you take time to -
- Create a Swivl Teams account at cloud.swivl.com/register or sign up on the Swivl App.
- Install the Swivl App on the mobile device which you are going to use with Swivl robot to record videos. Double-check compatibility requirements for iOS or Android mobile devices.
- Connect your Swivl robot to your mobile device, launch the Swivl app and start recording or live streaming videos.
Recording within the Swivl App vs Live Streaming
The Swivl Robot and App can be used for:
1) recording your videos that are safely stored and ready for collaboration on Teams by Swivl.
2) live streaming by launching a third party live streaming app (such as Zoom, Google Meet, MS Teams) through Swivl's app once you have successfully established connection with the Swivl Robot.
While you can't record and live stream at the same time within the Swivl App, you can record your live streamed session through a third party app and then upload that video to Swivl Teams. For Zoom users, we also offer a seamless and direct integration with Zoom that automatically transfers Zoom Cloud videos into your Swivl Teams account.
If you are using Swivl for live streaming, we offer a variety of hybrid learning audio setups that work flexibly with your classroom's existing equipment. There are three main setups to choose from: Integrated (connects your PC to your Swivl Robot via USB Cable or Swivl Link), Standalone (connects a set of standard speakers to your Swivl Robot via cable), or Traditional (connect a set of standard earbuds with a microphone to your Primary Marker). Depending on the method you choose above, you can provide different options for at-home and in-class learners to hear and see you, other participants in the classroom, and the content on your screen.
We offer similar audio setups for classroom audio amplification should you need to bolster the sound of your voice to reach students who have trouble hearing you wherever they are in your environment.
Quick Setup Video (CX Series)
Where to go from here:
- Learn what you can do with your markers
- The basics of recording videos
- Setup a live streaming session
- Teams by Swivl video tutorials
The CX and C Series Robots may look similar to our older Gen2 Robot, but they can each do a whole lot more! This article refers only to setting up for CX or C Series robots, but if you have a Gen2 robot, click here for setup instructions.
If you're not sure, check: Which robot do I have?