Today is sort of a catch-all of things in Sway we haven’t happened to hit over the last week. We will start with Word Transform, which is a lot like the WordSway we examined yesterday. From there we will dive into the Design Button. Welcome to Day 55 of 365 Ideas for Office 365, which is Officially about Word Transform.
So yesterday we considered the benefits of keeping students working in Word long enough to ensure they have sufficient content that is well-written before allowing them to import their Word document into Sway using the Start from a document buttons on Sway. Students can follow that same process, but when it comes time to move the content into Sway, instead of going to sway and “pulling” it in, they can stay in Word and “push” the content to Sway, using Word Transform.
Using Word Transform
In Word, Transform can be found under the File menu. What’s great about this is that it is found in the same place in Word Online and Word desktop. When all of the writing and editing, adding styles, images and urls is complete, students simply click on File, then Transform.
This has one slight advantage over using Start form a document in Sway. Word Transform allows you to select a theme before the transformation to a webpage occurs. I say slight advantage because you can always edit both the content and the style in Sway after transforming it from a Word document, but it is convenient to select a style up front.
To edit the content, just be in edit mode, under the Storyline tab.
This will show the content cards that your Sway is composed of.
Design Tab- the Gateway to Styles
We haven’t looked at the other tab, the Design tab, yet.
Clicking on Design gives us a preview of our website.
From here we can click on the Styles icon in the top right corner to edit the appearance. Keep in mind, by design, this is not the granular editing you can do in PowerPoint, where you can customize every single component on each individual slide. This is to change the overall theme of the entire presentation.
Under Styles there is a remix button, the three different presentation formats, and some themes that can be customized once selected.
Clicking Remix actually randomly chooses one of the styles below.
The entire presentation changes. There is no choose one style for one slide and another style on the next. This is again by design- to force students to focus on the content, and a minimal amount of time selecting an overarching appearance. Once you choose a style, whether through remix or selecting one below, you can customize it. It is mostly color pallets, although you can create a custom pallets or even use an image in your Sway to draw the color scheme from.
Again, there are limited options.
Fonts come in pairs. There are 22 pairs of fonts, each with one font for heading cards and another font for text cards, so students can’t use Comic sans for headings and Times New Roman for text.
The only other settings here are how large the text (not headings or title) appear throughout the entire website, and how dramatic the animations (motions) are as you scroll through your Sway.
Check back tomorrow when we will wrap up Sway for now with the ellipses (…) and sharing and collaborating.