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Office Sway: create, present and share
HTML is the main
markup language for creating web pages. The newest version, HTML5, introduced a
new canvas-tag which allows designers to draw and animate.
Note that some jQuery lines need to be dropped in the
webpage and you’ll understand that only coding lovers like this new tag. Office
Sway seems to fill the gap by offering a graphic oriented tool which allows to
create great pieces of art in a quick and easy way, not mentioning the great
educational value this Sway can offer.
Take a look at this Sway: https://sway.com/zYidJgdKbcWYINFk
Office Sway is still in trial. It’s possible to
request an invite at www.sway.com. It took me a few
weeks to obtain my invite, after sending several tweets. I was very excited
when @Sway sent me a DM with the great news my account was activated.
The video announcing Sway shows great promise. Time to
try it out myself!
Office Sway is a web app. You can log in at sway.com
and build an app in a graphical fashion.
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.
Click on to create a new slide.
Click on Media
to add videos. A YouTube video can be put in a slide very fast.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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