Yes, that’s right. After a successful private beta, Recap, Swivl’s free student video response and reflection app, is now in public beta. Educators around the world can register now and begin creating assignments, reviewing student video responses and sharing personalized insights with other students, teachers and parents.
The response to Recap has been overwhelming, as thousands have signed up to be among the first to use the app in their classrooms. After all of their feedback and help, we want to say a big thank you to our private beta users for their patience and support!
Teachers Share Their Recap Experiences
Taking on an active role in building out the app for their classrooms, our beta users sent in hundreds of questions, suggestions and user stories. This helped us get to know our community and develop important features for the app. We’ve discovered that there are as many unique ways to use Recap as there are teachers, and we must say, it’s been exciting and rewarding to see all the ways educators have been using Recap to understand their students, help them learn and make learning more dynamic and fun.
High School Students Track Progress While Building Rapport
Jon Dufay, a high school forensics and biotechnology teacher from Washington, found multiple uses for Recap, starting with reviewing lessons and introducing new topics. “We are starting a unit on cancer in my biotech class, and I wanted them to do a video brainstorm and just talk to me about the things they already knew about cancer,” said Mr. Dufay. He also uses Recap as a project management tool for reflection, projection and goal setting. “It’s helping them be more focused on planning, setting goals and accomplishing things every day.”
Like many other teachers who use Recap, Mr. Dufay noticed the positive effect Recap has had on his students’ presentation skills. “Some students put notes on their screen to guide them along and cover important speaking points. They spend more time planning what they say, and it’s been really cool to see,” he shared. Jon notes that he is able to get more in-depth answers and finds himself paying more attention to Recap responses than he did to the written assignments he used to do.
At the end of each class, Mr. Dufay uses Recap to show a Daily Review Reel—one of Recap’s many helpful features—to the whole class. “Once I started doing that, they started taking it a little bit more seriously, because they realized that the rest of the class was going to see them.” The high school science teacher feels that this also helps the class establish better rapport, as many students get creative, show more of their personalities and have fun with their video responses. Funny faces, silly noises, disguises and fake mustaches are all welcome and frequent additions to his students’ responses. “The kids work with it, they figure it out and get to know each other maybe in a way they wouldn’t have before, so I’ve actually really enjoyed it and I think they have, too.”
Special Education Students Show Their Math Skills
Recap has been well-received by both, teachers and students, but it’s not just fun and games. “Students were very excited to use Recap in the beginning. Now, they realize that it’s not just for fun and that it’s challenging to orally respond to some questions,” says Sarah Fiero, a special education teacher from North Carolina, who teaches children with learning disabilities in math, reading and written expression.
“They are now more serious about Recap, and I like that. A specific example of this would be a student who is extremely talkative and quite impulsive at times who, earlier in the week, read the Recap question of the day and then thought about his answer for a minute or so before responding. That is pretty impressive in my setting!”
Mrs. Fiero has been assessing student learning by using Recap as a tool for admit and exit slips/tickets. “Recap has made me realize that just because I think my students have understood a concept, does not necessarily mean that they do. Recap is the ultimate test of knowledge—especially in math. If you can verbally justify an answer in math, I believe you truly understand the concept.”
As we hoped, students are responding very well to Recap. “My students feel empowered by it,” said Sarah. That is one of her favorite things about Recap. What else does she like about the video response tool? “Recap allows the teacher to get an individual snapshot of a student’s comprehension of skills on a daily basis.” She also likes the ability to focus on the content learned independently of a student’s writing skills, and that it only takes a moment for students to submit a video response that she can view and share from anywhere.
Start Using Recap Today!
Recap is now in public beta and available to everyone. We highly encourage every educator to create an account today. In no time, teachers will discover the benefits Recap’s video assignments and responses bring to instruction and learning. There are many more Recap success stories to be told. Start writing yours today.
Teachers and students can use Recap on desktops, Chromebooks and any laptop. Currently, Recap for iPad supports student accounts only.
Visit the App Store to download Recap for iPad.
We Want to Hear Your Recap Story
We never want to stop improving and getting to know our wonderful community of educators, which is why we love to hear about your Recap experiences. How are you using Recap? What do your students think about it? How has it affected learning in your classroom? These are some of the questions that keep us up at night. 🙂 Share your stories with us and the Recap community! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.