In Year 8 geography we teach an ‘extreme environments’ unit and create a diary entry for an expedition to Svalbard. Normally students either use paper or complete it in a word processor, simply because the process of setting up a blog can be complicated for staff.
This year we have used Sway.com for the students to create their blogs. The process is really simple as the pupils drag text and image “cards” and type their blogs. Sway suggests images based on the text and organises fonts and animations which means the students can focus on the content rather than the look. This has proved one of the more useful elements, especially with Year 8 students who can get distracted easily. Students can also drag videos into their presentations and up to 10 students can collaborate on each Sway if required.
The work automatically saves and each Sway has a link which can be emailed to a staff member to review. Best of all, the tool is completely free, students just need to sign in with an email, usually their school email.
@inquisitiveedu Assistant Headteacher – Coventry
This article originally appeared in the January 2017 Edition of UKEdMagazine