A relatively new addition to the Microsoft product family, Sway is proving to be a big hit with teachers so far since it first made an appearance towards the end of 2014. More than a document in the traditional sense, Sway allows you to add all kinds of rich media to your canvas, from tweets to videos, photo albums and more, the built-in design engine takes the hassle out of formatting your various pieces of content by integrating them into a cohesive layout. From there, you can easily adjust the design to create a look and feel that best reflects the subject matter, and crucially in education, the intended audience.
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Having been formally introduced to this new tool in December last year during a session at our Showcase Classroom in London, our Microsoft Expert Educators have since been finding lots of interesting and creative ways to not only use Sway as a vehicle for teaching subject material, but also as something that the students themselves can use for producing research projects and presentations of their own. Let’s what some of them have been up to.
Marie Renton, Deputy Head Teacher at Lochfield Primary, Renfrewshire, created this Sway to show to her pupils ahead of the solar eclipse last month, to provide them with a learning resource that was easy to take in, and highly topical:
Elsewhere in the MIEE community, Anthony Lees of Broadclyst Community Primary School has been using Sway to keep an ongoing account of all the tricks and tips he finds during his continual use of another staple of MIEE classrooms – OneNote. In Anthony’s own words, “this Sway is a collection of all the daily tweets to offer quick tips on using the excellent (and free!) Microsoft notebook and presenting software, #MSOneNote. They are tagged for reference as #OneNoteT4T”.
Our final examples come from Simon De Senlis Primary in Northampton, a Microsoft Showcase School. Here, it looks like head teacher Tom Rees, his colleagues and their students, have been having a little too much fun recreating one of the stories associated with the school’s namesake!
ICT teacher Tomos Prosser, also from Simon De Senlis, has been encouraging his students to create Sways as a way of collating and presenting their findings when attempting research projects:
— Tomos Prosser (@TomosProsser) March 23, 2015
As is customary with these Thursday morning MIEE blog posts, we include a video from our MEE TV YouTube channel, featuring one of our Expert Educators talking about how they have been using a particular technology in the classroom. In this case, when we filmed Tom Prosser he hadn't yet fully discovered all that Sway has to offer, however his story of how he became an ICT teacher and his views on collaboration through the appropriate use of technology are well worth a quick watch!