How to Build a Presentation in Sway – Part 1 – Microsoft Sway Tutorial Videos (6/10)

Presentations are used every day to educate, enlighten and energize. Head teachers will have to present to teachers, teachers will need to present daily to their students, and those students will have to present on many occasions throughout their education and beyond. Because of this, it is important that presentations are engaging, modern and easy to create, in order to have the impact that is intended. This tutorial in our Sway series will show you how Sway can be used to make great presentations, and how you can make the most of the easy to use features to make your presentation as interactive and informative.

Recently we're been working our way through a number of Sway video tutorials, and this next offering demonstrates the ways you can use Sway to create and liven up your presentations:

In education planning is key, so most educators and students will draw up a plan of their presentation before they start creating it and, now you have Sway, it has never been easier to transform your plan into fun, interactive content in just a few clicks. If you write up an outline in Word for example, just drop it into Sway and it will automatically create headings and sections based on your document. You can then update and change the formatting of the text cards by using the emphasis and accent features, which draw attention to what matters to you in your presentation.

To support the messaging in your text, you can then add some helpful or exciting images to the storyline, categorising them easily with the grouping tool and using focus points to make sure you don’t lose what is important. If, like many educators, you like to have visual signposts in your presentation, then you can use the images and text as headings to section your work. This will make it easier for the student navigating the presentation, and allow you to keep the flow when you are presenting. And if you like to have a brief preview of what is coming in the presentation, then using the horizontal view will allow just that as the content glides in.


However it's not just images, Sway also offers the ability to embed videos into your presentations. By copying the link from YouTube and pasting it into Sway, videos are added to your content and integrated into the existing layout instantly.

The idea of this tutorial is to show you how teachers and students can be exposed to content with the intention of learning quickly and effectively, just using text, images and videos. In the next blog in this series, we will explore how you can update this content and transform it to a new layout which is optimised from presentation. In the meantime, start using Sway at


If you've missed any of the previous posts in this series, you can find them here:

What is Sway? - Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (1/10)
The Sway Way - Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (2/10)
How to Make a Tutorial in Sway - Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (3/10)
How to share a field trip in Sway – Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (4/10)
How to Create a Newsletter in Sway – Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (5/10)

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