Category Archives: Microsoft Sway

This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

Presentations are a key part of the academic world, and multimodal assignments are frequently assigned. In most cases, the teacher wants to know what the student knows and understands about the topic being presented. The knowledge of how to use the software and the design principles (i.e. their understanding of appropriate font size and colour, image placement and size, white space, etc.) is rarely reflected in the criteria/rubric used to grade the presentation. 

But while teachers sometimes say that they will only mark the content, the look and feel of the final product can still have an impact. Visit the author's original post

Teach and tell amazing stories with Sway

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5 ways to use Sway in the classroom

We live in a highly interactive, collaborative and digital world full of colour and life. Student classrooms today need educators ready to design and present memorable, digital, multimedia-learning activities. Sway – from Microsoft and part of Office Online – is an ideal way to engage students and bring education to life in new and exciting ways.

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With Sway, teachers can easily combine text, images, designs, audio, video and more to create and share inspiring lessons.Visit the author's original post

Next Level Learning Roadshow – Content, resources and thanks!

 Over the past three weeks, the Next Level Learning Roadshow has visited the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Parramatta & Adelaide working with teachers, IT Directors, principals, eLearning coordinators across all sectors in these areas. Find all the resources and information presented here.

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Microsoft Sway – Features and Resources

Let’s assume you want to present to an audience and share your enthusiasm about the wonders of Microsoft Sway. Which key features would you highlight, and where do you go for inspiration?

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Sway features

The features I’d highlight are:
– entirely web-based
– intuitive, tabbed user interface
– drag-and-drop content
– easily reorder cards
– cross-platform adaptive layout through built-in design engine
– strong multi-media focus
– find Creative Commons images on Bing
– embed tweets, multimedia content, maps, OneNote images
– iOS version to create Sways on the go

Chris Pratley was kind enough to remind me of three more important features of Sway:
– interactive elements such as stack, comparison, filmstrip
– Remix button to easily explore style options
– embed Sways (and other web content) within Sways

Sway use cases

– Education (teachers)
– School projects (students)
– Portfolios
– Presentations
– Stories
– Photo shoots, picture stories
– Story boards
– Book outlines
– Living documents
– Diaries, journals
– Creative writing
– Reports
– Transactions
– Calls for Action / Promotion
– Product brochures
– Sales pitches
– Course outlines
– Travel logs
– Travel itineraries
– Scrap books
– Blog posts
– Documentation
– Manuals

Sway resources

Here are some Sway resources that I’ve been collecting over time:

Sway home page

The Sway Philosophy – Sway founder Chris Pratley @ChrisPr explains the bold plans of the Sway development team (Oct 12, 2014)

Sway blog

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@Sway on Twitter

Sway group on the Office 365 Network on Yammer

@Sway #DailySway highlights

Sway Daily Paper.li news paper by Mike Tholfsen @MTholfsen

Made-with-Sway Gallery on the Sway home page

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Sway Embeddable Content – Sway supports SoundCloud, OneDrive Embed, Excel Online, Word Online, PowerPoint Online, Google Maps, Vine, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Giphy, Sketchfab

Embedded Sway:

#SwayOneNoteLove contest on Twitter

24 OneNote Lesson Plans as a Sway – by Маrija Petreska @TeacherMarija

Sway topic on the MIEExpert15 News Radar

21st-Century Learning Design Sway by Pip Cleaves @PipCleaves

Introduction to the OneNote Class Notebook Creator by Darrell C.… Visit the author's original post

A Fresh Approach to PD

Professional-Development-Picture-e1351198680108Professional development and staff training in a school is always a sore point. Teachers, as we all know, are very busy people. When they are not busy in the classroom they are often coaching on the sports fields, involved in parent meetings or sitting in other school-related meetings, amongst other things. Their time is often not their own and to make time for any training or Professional Development is extremely difficult. There are only so many hours in a day, and to expect teachers to come in to school in the evenings when it is their family time, is a big ask.… Visit the author's original post

A Fresh Approach to PD

Professional-Development-Picture-e1351198680108Professional development and staff training in a school is always a sore point. Teachers, as we all know, are very busy people. When they are not busy in the classroom they are often coaching on the sports fields, involved in parent meetings or sitting in other school-related meetings, amongst other things. Their time is often not their own and to make time for any training or Professional Development is extremely difficult. There are only so many hours in a day, and to expect teachers to come in to school in the evenings when it is their family time, is a big ask.… Visit the author's original post

Announcing Office Sway: reimagine how your ideas come to life in your classroom

This post is reposted from the Office Blog

Today we’re introducing a brand new app to the Office portfolio. Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps you do just that. It’s a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser.… Visit the author's original post