Sway–a unique way to present ideas and information


imageYesterday, the Office team introduced a brand new app to the Office portfolio – called Sway, and as the team say on the Sway blog:

  Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps you do just that. It’s a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser. It is easy to share your creation and it looks great on any screen. Your ideas have no borders, edges, page breaks, cells or slides. Your mind is a continuous canvas, and Sway brings this canvas to life. Sway helps you focus on the human part: your ideas and how they relate to each other. Sway takes care of the design work—a Sway is ready to share with the world as soon as it is born.  

There’s a really good Sway video from the team that shows the vision of what they are creating:

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw-g6IuBVJE]

You can read all of the details on the Sway blog, take a look at some sample, and use the links to sign up for the preview version of Sway.

imageBut to whet your appetite, let me give you an idea of what’s possible with Sway for a complete novice! I created a Sway this afternoon, using a whitepaper I’ve been working on as a starting point. I’ve had no training, but just got stuck in and had a go at creating one. And I think the result is pretty impressive – even more so when you look at it on different devices, and see how it dynamically changes the layout to work on a big PC screen and a small phone screen! I couldn’t imagine how much effort I would have needed before today to create the same high-quality experience.

Learn MoreView my Sway on Student Attrition in Australian Universities here

 

What could you do with Sway? Publishing lesson notes? Getting students to create Sways instead of PowerPoints of their work? Publishing university research in a consumer-friendly format?

Comments (2)

  1. Ray Roche says:

    I can see Sway as an alternative presentation tool for lectures then as a way of publishing lecture notes for student review later.  

    As an aside, it also looks like a great tool to publish my resume, perhaps in case the option above does not work!

  2. Troy Thomson says:

    Really impressed with the functionality of this app – and so powerful in the hands of children.

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