For previous revision lessons we prepared mind maps, flash cards and revision sheets, but this time we will be using an online canvas covering all of the content, with links to various informative and interactive sites to support the students preparation for the test.
This was something different for the Year 8 Class, and they seemed to really enjoy it.
When we got into class, I shared the link with the students. Different students gravitated to different aims of the sway. As I circulated the classroom, I could see where each student was focussed.
Some went straight to the chapter review test, others diligently created their own revision pages in their workbook from the canvas and some went straight to the interactive games and websites that I had linked to. This allowed for a differentiation based on student preference.
As I circulated the classroom, I encouraged student to focus on areas that they were not sure of and I knew that some students had missed parts of certain topics. Interestingly most had naturally tended towards areas that they had missed.
For homework, I suggested that there was a mistake in one of the pictures on the canvas- they needed to find it. I do this to encourage the students to question and ensure they truly understand the content.
The students interestingly found two, and returned with a range of great questions (highlighting where further clarity is required).
Feedback from students was that they found Sway useful and for me it took limited effort to create.
You can see my Sway below or per the link.
Creating the Sway was incredibly easy. I logged into Sway.com (with my free Microsoft account) and named the Sway "Year 8 Semester 1 Revision", set headings for each topic, then I clicked Insert. Sway was able to search the internet and recommended pictures, videos and even wikipedia snippets that related to the content.
Working through the topics was as simple as drag and dropping the images, videos and embedded interactive objects about the content into the canvas. As I identified specific aspects of the topic, I was able to search and find precisely the material I wanted.
Once I was satisfied that all content was covered, I turned to the look and feel of the canvas.
There is always the option to leave it chance and click "Remix", but I wanted to be a little more directive. I arranged the navigation to be vertical and selected the font, colour and background that I wanted.
Overall, I found Sway to be quick to create, valuable to use and easy to share with my students. I have already used this with my year 10 class as well as year 8 classes, all with plenty of success. I certainly will be using it again.