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Unlock Student Creativity with Sway
Participants will learn how simple it is for students and teachers to create Sway presentations that are dynamic, adaptive, cloud-based, easy and accessible on any device.
Key Value Prop
Sway is a cloud service and family of apps that aims to simplify the creation of beautiful, adaptive, interactive “modern” content on all devices; across phones, slates, laptops, desktops and beyond.
Differentiator from Chrome and iPad
There is no single app that competes with Sway. Google and Apple have to rely on 3rd party apps for cloud-based content creation. Apple has Keynote for creating presentations, but that is proprietary, and cannot be used across different platforms.
Instructions: Before You Begin
Spend some time looking at the Sway presentations on the Sway website. There are new Sways being created all of the time. Pick a couple you would like to showcase.
Although there is an example to use, feel free to create your own Sway to demonstrate
At the time this module was created, Sway was still in preview mode. New features may be available when you present. Feel free to point out any new features not mentioned in this deck.
How to build a Sway
Links to sample Sways are included in the Talk Tracks
Targeted Presentation time
Time: 10 minutes
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Providing students the opportunity to express themselves in creative ways is considered at the top of Blooms Taxonomy. There are many tools and apps available to assist students in their work, but oftentimes students are hindered by the lack of skill around using a particular tool. Technology should never get in the way of student learning and creativity. Teachers are challenged to make available tools that are easy to learn, free, and provide an interesting canvas to show learning outcomes.
Sway is a free app from Microsoft that lets student express their ideas in an entirely new way. Students can easily create, share and interact with content created in Sway no matter what device they are using. Sway conforms to any screen so students are not hindered by their device. Building a Sway is easy – just drag and drop content. Students are only restricted by their imagination.
Go to sway.com and choose a couple of Sway presentations to highlight.
Teachers can also use Sway to present new information or to create an activity. (Click on link to show Sway activity of London). This teacher created a Sway about London to introduce a creative writing activity.
Link to this Sway: https://sway.com/8DjM7FYZs0nYcgOq
Add links to Biome Sway and school website
To create a Sway – you first need to create an account. If you already have a Microsoft account, you can use that. From there, just start building your content.
First, add a title and image.
Next, choose your structure and a style which can be customized (you can change the design later if you want).
Once you have the basic design set up, you can start adding content.
You can add content from a number of sources, including your own media, Bing images, YouTube, social media sites - even content from Word and PowerPoint files. With Sway, it’s simple to use a variety of multimedia to bring your ideas to life.
Once the Sway has been created, there are several ways to share the finished product. Students and teachers can even share their link within Office 365 through a shared class document, the collaboration space in a OneNote class notebook, Yammer, or in the newsfeed on a class site.
There a many creative ways students can easily demonstrate understanding or create new knowledge using Sway. It’s a simple way to pull together content and create an interactive, web-based canvas of your ideas. Sway removes the barriers of using technology - allowing students to concentrate more on presenting their ideas in dynamic and visual ways.
To create a Sway – you first need to create an account. If you already have a Microsoft account, you can use that. Fro