MS Sway in Action

Are you a Sway Master?  Do you want to become one? Those are the question the MS English team proposed to me earlier this year which prompted me to start exploring this tool.

Microsoft Sway is a tool that lets you create interactive reports, digital stories, newsletters, presentations, and more. Sway is part of the office suite and you can find it with your other office apps.  You may have accidentally clicked on it as it shares a resemblance to SharePoint.

Things that I like about Sway are:

  • Ease of use - you can quickly insert text, headings, images, audio, and video in your "Storyline"

  • Design - you can choose from their designs or customize your own

 

G8 students finished writing their realistic fiction stories and invited me to visit their classes to demo Sway. In advance, we sat down to talk about their expectations and criteria.  They also gave me an example story that I used to create the exemplar (see links below).  Since students had already completed their stories, all they needed to do was put it together in Sway.  I created this infographic to guide them in building their digital stories. They also worked with Mr. Manley in the Audio Hive to record themselves reading their original stories.  What a great way to build reading fluency.  Some students even created their own illustrations – very impressive!

Students in Design Technology I & II were wrapping up their second unit and looking for another option to present their work.  Sway was an easy tool for them to show evidence of the design thinking process and share their projects.

Book a time to meet, send me a Teams message, or stop in for a chat if you would like to learn more about how Sway could be used in your classroom.

Check out some examples below – once you click the link to the Sway, you may need to click Play in the top right-hand corner to view the presentation.

 

 

 

G8 Digital Story (Realistic Fiction) – Teacher Exemplar

G8 Color Blind

G8-Manny

G8-The Hospital

G8-wooooow


Design Thinking Summative II – Teacher Exemplar

Design Thinking Summave II – student example

 

InnoHub January Happenings – January 2021

Numerous projects, visions, and plans came to life in the short period between winter break and the new year holiday.

Here are some of the highlights:

NHS students designed and built signs for their New Year’s Carnival, with a little help from the Wood Shop ASA.
The Elsen’s, always big supporters of the InnoHub, both brought classes to the InnoHub.  Katrina Elsen brought her Drama II class to do some costume and set design for the upcoming musical, Ranked.
Greg Elsen brought his AP Human Geo class to film stop motion animations of agricultural practices from around the globe.
Nina Jiang and Chris Cheronis brought their Chinese 12 and Pre-Calc AB classes to the InnoHub to make some gifts for CNY.  Students had a choice of making either keychains or LED red packets.
Last month was the busiest month the InnoHub has had this school year, and next month is looking even busier!  Can’t wait to see even more of you utilizing our makerspace!

InnoHub Monthly Happenings – December 2020

The NCPA Innovation Hub has been a popular place to be the past couple of months! Here is a run down of what you have missed and what is coming up:

December Events

Introduction to the InnoHub with the HOD’s

On December 7th, HOD’s participated in an PD session in the InnoHub where they explored the design cycle, learned how our students can benefit from the makerspace, and discussed ways they could incorporate the InnoHub in their curriculum.

The InnoHub is a space for students to create, experiment, and learn through hands-on activities.

You can schedule your class in the space to maximize different learning styles, or send students to work on projects.

 

Flying Pigs

Rachel Dragos’ AP Physics classes did experiments with flying pigs on strings in the InnoHub!Students in groups determined how long it took for a plastic pig, replete with flapping wings, to fly around one cycle of the pigs “flight” path by observing and measuring the period, but can only use a meter stick.

Students used trigonometry, components of forces and equations to arrive at their calculations.

 

Turkey Bowl, Alumni Panel, and Cookie Exchange

The InnoHub is also a great space to host an event!  It offers flexible seating, a large screen and projector, plenty of outlets, and a beautiful view of the field and temple.

Coming in January

We are excited to host a staff InnoHub Open House on Friday, January 8th from 3:30-4:30PM+.  We will have a variety of stations for you to explore the “maker” in you while socializing and enjoying some tasty treats and beverages.  Specific activities will be shared in January.

Please RSVP HERE by December 22 so we can prepare enough materials and food for this event.

Finally Friday: Department Office Design Sprint

Our first Finally Friday on 11/23 was great launch to what will be an ongoing series of short (45 minutes or less) design PDs at the Inno-Hub.

Participants learned about a variety of protocols you can use in your classes to spark design ideas and find problems to solve, and then chose one to help them think about ways to redesign departmental offices, which is a real thing that’s going to happen this year or early next.

The architect/interior designer and facilities manager in charge of the project participated as well! After brainstorming through one of the protocols, they posted their ideas to a shared padlet to be considered as design elements for the formal office redesign proposal.