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

 

WeChat Blocking MS Forms and Sway (Updated)

Update: WeChat and Microsoft resolved this issue on Monday, Jan 13.

WeChat’s browser appear to be blocking both Microsoft Forms and Microsoft Sway. Forms and Sway are both accessible in China; it is WeChat in particular that is blocking them. This will affect you if you use Forms with a QR code to collect event registration sign-ups – users will be blocked from the sign-up when they scan the code.

Unfortunately, there’s not a good workaround except to avoid using QR codes for event registration. Instead, make a short link. You need to use a Chinese service because Western shortlink services like bit.ly are blocked. Use the Chinese website http://sina.lt. This will prompt people to open a web browser, type in the URL, and the page will then load correctly in their web browser.

WARNING – do not email links created using http://sina.lt because they may be marked as spam. Instead, email the original link.

Sway Your Audience with Sway

Sway is an app in Office 365 that we haven’t covered here before, but it’s worth checking out. It goes beyond Powerpoint by letting you create online presentations/websites that look great on mobile phones and computers. This means that Sway goes great with QR codes. We tried this out at the recent Student Leadership Summit, where participants used QR codes to access content in a Sway on their phones. See the Sway below for more information…

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…and learn more at https://sway.com/education/​​​​