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Express Yourself with Office Sway

by Diana Benner

At the upcoming Tots and Technology conference, I will be presenting on Office Sway, a program that allows users to combine text and media to create captivating presentations. It was released by Microsoft in August 2015.

The purpose of Sway is to convey concepts quickly, easily, and clearly. It is primarily used for presenting ideas onscreen, such as tutorials, topic introductions, and interactive reports. Sways are stored on Microsoft’s servers and are tied to the user’s Microsoft account.

A Sway is composed of multiple cards that are combined into a storyline. Cards are containers that hold text, images, and videos. You can combine cards into groups. A collection of cards makes up the storyline.

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Accessing Office Sway

To access:

  1. Go to Sway.com.
  2. Login in with your Microsoft or Office 365 account. If you do not have an account, you can easily create a free account.

There is also an app for Office Sway for iPhones and iPads. The app can be found here.

 

When to Best Use Office Sway

There are many instances in which you might want to use Sway. Below are just a few:

  • When creating media-rich content – After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
  • When you want your reader to interact with content – Sway has the ability to include live content, such as tweets and embedded sites from numerous sources that the user can interact with, including Google maps and numerous other sites. See a list here.
  • When you want to focus on content rather than formatting – You can choose from numerous canned designs, fonts, and navigation patterns or you can have Sway remix layouts for you.
  • When a document is not required – Sways can be shared, but not exported.
  • When you want to create tutorials, newsletters, or interactive reports

 

Office Sway in the Classroom and Beyond

There are many ways in which you can use Office Sway in the classroom, as well as for personal productivity. Take a look at a few examples below:

 

Give It a Try

If you have never used Office Sway before, I challenge you to give it a try. Many tutorials exist, from how to create a newsletter and a digital story to how to create tutorials and presentations.

If you want to learn more about Sway in a live session, join me at the Tots and Technology conference or email me at [email protected] about our upcoming Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Academies.

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