Currently on campus we have have full MS Office suite installed to all Student and staff PC's.  Included in this is PowerPoint which is used to create slides for presentations, lectures etc. There are other tools available which offer a different type of presentation and can be used as an alternative or to suppliment your teaching and learning 

Two products freely available are MS Office 356 Sway and Adobe Spark.

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Why would you use Sway to make a presentation when PowerPoint already exists? What’s the difference?

Not all presentations are created equal, and the two programs ultimately serve different purposes. Both can create content beyond just presentations.

PowerPoint is still the king of the slide deck and works best for content that will have a presenter. It can also be used to make simple videos, including screen recordings.

Sway can be used to create interactive presentations and content that don't need a presenter. Sway works well with both image heavy (like portfolios) and text-heavy content (like reports).

When should I use each, Sway/Spark v PowerPoint?

There are no hard and fast rules about when to use Sway vs. when to use PowerPoint. Each has their strengths, but ultimately it comes down to how you build your presentation and how it’s being presented.

There will be overlap and some cases where either program works. Before deciding which program to use, take a few minutes to evaluate what your content is and who your audience is.

Do you need to add charts and graphs? Will you be presenting the data? Then PowerPoint is likely your best bet.

Do you need to pull in online content like videos from YouTube? Will the viewer be guiding themselves through the content? Then you’re probably better off with Sway.

Helpful guides


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Create a Presentation using Sway

Add content to your Sway Presentation

Design and Share your Sway

How to Sway

Adobe Spark


Adobe Spark enables you to tell stories and share ideas quickly and beautifully. Spark lets you create three types of content:

  • Use Page to create a story using text, images, and video. When you're done we'll present your story as a responsive web page that can be viewed in any web browser.
  • Use Post to create images optimized for social media; you provide images and text and we'll help with the design. We'll even help you create the right shape and size image for each social media platform.
  • Use Video to create, well, a video. Add videos from your computer or iOS camera roll, overlay text, add your voice and background music, and we’ll help turn your story into an amazing video to share with the world.

**You will need to create a Adobe Spark account to start using Spark online** ‌

How to create new content

What are Themes?

Can I add different logos, colours or Fonts to Spark projects?

How do I save my work?

Spark Blog (Content & Tips & Tricks)

Create a Spark Video