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The Sway app provides you the ability to create and then present information. Sway is used as a presentation tool, similar to PowerPoint, in order to gather material and share it in a visually appealing and informative way.

Once your Sway is started, notecards will appear for you to add information. The following description explains the basic functions of the Sway app.

Under the “Storyline” tab is where you will add material to your Sway. Click the green + sign to add a new notecard. You have the option to choose which kind of notecard you want: heading, text, or image. Click on “Drag an image here” to choose a photo or video.

Under the “Design” tab is where you can see what your Sway will look like while presenting. Click “Styles” in the top right-hand corner to see a variety of options, including appearance of your slides, font and color choices, background styles, and more. Click “Remix!” for a completely random design.

The 4 main ways to go about creating a Sway are to Create New, Start from a topic, Start from a document, and Start from a template. The following guidelines describe the main steps to properly use each feature.

Create New

Create New allows you to start your presentation from scratch.

  1. Click “Create New.” This will take you to a brand new, completely blank Sway. 
  2. Title your sway, and then add information. 
  3. Add text and images to each notecard. Add notecards as you need. Each notecard will become a different slide. See Figure 1.
Under the “Storyline” tab is where you will add material to your Sway.
  1. Create a new notecard by clicking the green + sign. 
  2. Add text and images to each notecard. Each notecard will become a different slide. See Figure 1
  3. Click “Design” in the top left menu. This tab will take you to what your Sway will look like while presenting. 

Start from a topic

Start from a topic allows you to start a Sway with writing prompts for your particular subject.

  1. Click “Start from a topic.” A search bar will appear with a list of potential topics (i.e. Dinosaurs, Photosynthesis, and more). Search for the topic of your Sway.
  2. Scroll down the “hints.” The topic feature provides information and advice regarding the chosen topic. The topic feature also supplies headers to potentially research and pictures already geared toward the specific subject. See Figure 2 for an example of the topic Henry VIII.
  3. Add and rearrange. Start from a topic allows for a head-start into the researching stage, but now it is important to actually add the material. Feel free to delete, rearrange, or add new content. 

Start from a document

Start from a document allows you to upload any work you already have from Word, PowerPoint, or other programs.

  1. Click “Start from a document.” Find and upload the work you want to turn into a Sway. Sway will process the content and insert it into the notecards.
  2. View each notecard. The notecards should be completed now with headers, text, and pictures. Be sure to scroll through each notecard, however, to ensure everything is where you want it. 
  3. Under “Design,” click on “Styles” in the upper right-hand corner. Options for the format of your final presentation appear. See Figure 3.

Start from a template

Starting from a template is best for presentations other than typical informative ones for a classroom setting.

  1. Choose a template to begin. Some template options include photo portfolios, blog templates, and resumes. See Figure 4 for options.
  2. Scroll down the “tips.” Each notecard on the chosen template will have writing prompts, saying such things as “Summarize your key responsibilities, leadership, and most stellar accomplishments here.” This advice is different from choosing from a topic in that it states what to write rather than providing information to research. 
  3. Be sure to erase the tips. Because the tips are written on the notecard, it is important to replace the text with wanted material, or the tips will appear on your presentation. 

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