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Sway

21.09.2015
Office Sway
Koen Timmers
by Koen Timmers
Educator - Author - Keynote speaker - Global Teacher Prize 2017 finalist

Sway offers a new option to present content. Whether you are willing to create a presentation, a newsletter or even blog: Sway is the answer.  

First things first: creating a Sway is super easy. The Sway team invested a lot efforts to create a new tool which self indicating features.

Inserting images or tweets? Super easy! Inserting videos? Check!

Sway even helps to find appropriate images and other multimedia. The creator Chris Pratley re-invented how to input and format content. Instead of WYSIWYG, Chris introduced WYGIWYW: What you get is what you want. Sway automatically puts things in the right place and... it is fully responsive which means it automatically correctly displayed on mobile devices (tablet and smartphone).

An example? Take a look at this Sway: https://sway.com/zYidJgdKbcWYINFk

Take a look at this demo (YouTube)

Let's take a closer look!

 

Let's go!

Office Sway is a web app. You can log in at sway.com and build an app in a graphical fashion.

Adding multimedia

Click on "Create new Sway".

When you want to set a background image, Sway automatically refers to pictures on OneDrive. You can also choose pictures at social media (FB, TW) and your own device.

Tap on the right sidebar to make some adjustments.

Sway works very intuitional. When you try to change or delete object, a simple click offers the desired icons.

By clicking on Storyline, all slides of your document appear.

Hit the button to create a new slide.

Click on Media to add videos. A YouTube video can be put in a slide very fast.

Furthermore

Selecting a slide, text can be hyperlinked via (1) and emphasized via (2). By clicking on (3) a new slide can be added.

(4) offers the possibility to change the layout of an active slide, which can be transformed to a header, slideshow, quote or grid.

A slide can be featured (5) and deleted (6).

The button Mood (8) changes the look and feel Sway.

�> Via Style the overall layout can be changed...

> ... via Structure, the structure of the presentation can be turned horizontal (including arrows) or vertical ...

>... Color allow to change the colors of background and text.

Sway even allows to use the colors of an image.

Remix (7) presents random combinations of layouts by combining different structures, colors and styles.

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Share (9) allows to share your Sway on Facebook or Twitter, offers a link and a HTML iFrame code which can be put in a webpage.

Via ... (10, right upper corner) a Preview can be taken. Furthermore it's possible to create a new Sway or to get an overview.

The Preview is stunning. Earlier imported elements are automaticaly animated and are presented as real eye candy.


Hey, wait a minute! Where's the button 'save'? Indeed! Sway has an autosave function. We don't need any software and can work exclusively online, which allow to create on any wired computer.

Educational value

Sway offers an important educational value. It allows students to create, publish and present. Literature confirms that peer tutoring has great value to the learning process. Sway allows to collaborate. Students can gather information on a subject, create a cool presentation in a very easy way and publish it on the internet.

Conclusion

Sway is very easy in use and attractive. It allows to create beautiful presentation in no time, on any computer. It's highly performant and doesn't require software. Last but not least, it is responsive and therefor functions on smartphone and tablet. ijn nog enkele features in ontwikkeling, maar voor ons is Sway alvast een grote hit.

Take a look at the final result: https://sway.com/zYidJgdKbcWYINFk

A demo

 

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