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Tech Tip: Using Sway for project-based learning

More and more classrooms are implementing a project-based learning (PBL) approach intended to engage students by having them explore real-world problems and present possible solutions to those problems.

Sway is a free resource repository and presentation tool that gives students a platform to creatively express ideas, organize and present material, and demonstrate learning. Resource content can be created within the app or uploaded easily and Sway allows for a variety of multimedia to be brought together simply. Content is hung on the Sway framework or storyline and is placed on “cards” automatically. Content can then be edited or manipulated as needed and the material organized into a presentation using the drag-and-drop feature. Users have a number of design elements available to them and the app is equipped to make design and structural suggestions to the user.

Multiple users can collaborate on a single Sway and the tool supports multiple platforms. Screen size adjustments are made automatically when sharing presentations on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube and embedding is a breeze. Have fun!

Connie White is the director of learning design & innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, Ga. A former high school physics, chemistry and math teacher, White has specialized in start-up technology initiatives, strategic planning, laptop integration, brain-based strategies, staff development and digital literacy since 1995. She has conducted many workshops and seminars, in the United States and internationally. She is the current president of Atlanta Area Technology Educators (an ISTE affiliate), a Google Certified Administrator, a finalist for the Tech Leader of the Year Award and a Paul Harris Fellow. White also writes the education column for Southern Distinction magazine and was recently selected as Georgia’s representative writer in EdSurge’s 50 States Project.

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