As we’ve blogged about before, Swivl is a wonderful technology that helps teachers create lecture capture videos and share them online.
While Swivl has always been a great teaching tool, it was not until recently that they expanded their services to include more teaching and learning features. Swivl has recently introduced the company’s new Recap and Present apps, which expand an instructor’s ability to explore additional online and video learning pedagogies.
Recap, a new beta software, is a 100% free tool, which gives teachers and students a new way to interact and share feedback using video. As a teacher you can set up assignment questions that students can respond to using video or by using simple icons as shown below. It’s as easy as saying “I got it!” or “I didn’t get it” at which point an instructor can adjust instruction and/or provide individualized feedback. This tool could become an essential part of interacting with students for teachers using hybrid or blended approaches to learning, where you may not always meet in person. Even if your class is not online, this tool can enhance regular class feedback too!
Here’s a quick video about Recap:
Also in the works is a new live streaming app called Present (Coming in June 2016) that allows an instructor to broadcast video to a live audience. As an instructor, you can upload course material (slides, pdfs, etc.) into a lecture, connect your device to a projector, begin your presentation and capture and broadcast your lecture live. But now, instead of recording then posting the video separately later on, everyone can tune in for a live, face-to-face learning experience. As before, if someone is unable to make the live lecture, a HD copy of the video is automatically saved to the Swivl cloud for downloading or viewing at later dates.
To learn more about Swivl, or for any other lecture capture questions, always feel free to stop by the Teaching Technology Center for more information!
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Sometimes organizing your ideas for writing is as difficult as putting them down on paper. Some like to set down an outline of ideas organized by theme, topic or chronology, but sometimes the collection of ideas doesn’t fall into a suitable organization well or right away…
Most are familiar with the process of mind mapping, getting ideas out of your brain and into a map of connected ideas. Mind mapping helps to see connections that might not be obvious at first. The reason mind mapping can be so useful is that there are very few rules to how you can organize your ideas…
The five essential characteristics of Mind Mapping:
The main idea, subject or focus is crystallized in a central image.
The main themes radiate from the central image as ‘branches’.
The branches comprise a key image or key word drawn or printed on its associated line.
Topics of lesser importance are represented as ‘twigs’ of the relevant branch.
The branches form a connected nodal structure.
When preparing to write, online mind mapping tools can be particularly helpful and easy to use.
Consider trying out a few the next time you need to iron out a new organization for a piece you have to write. Don’t forget, writing assignments such as mind mapping can also be a group activity with other collaborators helping to suggest new ideas and connections in each other’s maps.