Type of technology: Swipe – turning your presentations into conversations
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation (Slight Modification)
Grade level: 4-12
Subject area: All Subject Areas
“Swipe” is a new website (similar to Nearpod), which is easily accessible to both teachers and students. In “Swipe,” you can either upload an existing presentation or create it in Swipe. From there all you or your students need to do is share the link and begin presenting to “anyone, anywhere.” I personally like the phrase claiming that you can “present to anyone, anywhere, on any device.” It is a solid punchline, but the final product, in my opinion, was not as “exciting.” When my students presented their “swipes,” I requested that they also have a parent, grandparent, or someone outside the class participate to see how effectively this works; we ended up with varied results.
Creating a presentation in Swipe is simple. As noted above, one can either “drag or drop” an already completed presentation, or create one directly in Swipe. As with Nearpod you control what your audience views on their device, and when you “swipe,” their screen “swipes.” “What you see is exactly what they see, even if they’re on the other side of the world.” This could be a useful feature in various settings, but for my classroom, it is not really useful, just kind of a cool idea. If my class had pen pals in different countries, then they could use this feature to share aspects of their life, city, classroom, etc.
Creating a presentation is simple; Swipe even has four “tutorials” to guide you or help if you are stuck. Both my students and I found them helpful and informative. We viewed them before we began creating our “swipes.” Swipe also allows you to drag and drop videos, PDFs, images, or other content pertaining to your “swipe.” Swipe claims:
- Upload PDFs, images, and other types of files in the browser.
- No limits. No limits on file size or amounts of files you can upload.
- What you upload will look great on any size screen.
Similar to Nearpod, Swipe allows the speaker to effectively interact with his/her audience. The audience can participate in the presentation through polls. In my class I had groups present a chapter from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and each group had to include at least 3 polls related to their “habit,” a trailer of what was to come, and a video explaining one aspect of the selected “habit.” All worked effectively.
In addition, Swipe has a feature they call “markdown” which they claim is fast, responsive, and beautiful. Fast in the sense that it is quick to create slides and upload to a “better” slide format. While this is true – it is quick and easy to create, my students and I found it a bit more cumbersome compared to Nearpod or google slides. Responsive in the sense that the content you type in adjusts and is readable on any size screen. True – but no mare “responsive” than any other program one might use. Beautiful in its simplicity – you just type and they do all the rest. All of these claims are true – it is fast and easy to create a presentation, even from a phone. When presenting from a phone to a bigger screen – it does adjust effectively to the size. Moreover, you do simply write and they handle the formatting. Some of my students felt that they were not allowed as much creativity as they are on other formats – I tend to agree – there are not as many “bells and whistles” in swipe, but it is still an effective means of presenting information.
One feature that is very simple on Swipe is the Drag & Drop or organization feature. Swipe allows you to rearrange your slides on any device, right in the browser. This process is indeed pretty simple. Adding “YouTube & Vimeo” are as simple as just pasting a link.
One is the features that worked well in my class was the flexibility. Since students do not “always” get their work completed in the allotted computer lab times, using Swipe, they are able to “give each collaborator permission to edit, present, or just to view.”
Overall, I found that using Swipe was a good experience for both me and my students to interact with a new form of technology. I am not sure how frequently I would choose Swipe over Nearpod – there are many similarities between the two, and I am personally more familiar with Nearpod. Swipe does allow one to interact with their audience and get their ideas across clearly.
Swipe keeps things simple and effective. Below are several student reviews of their experience with Swipe.
Student Reviews: These are 9th grade students using Swipe for the very first time. We watched several tutorials and worked on the project for 2 days in a rough draft/outline format before we opened up “Swipe”.
- Some positive things about Swipe are how it is organized in presentation view. The tutorials are helpful and the drag and drop was easy to learn.
- Swipe was easy to go wrong if you skipped a step.
- There are many steps to drag and drop videos such as having to upload it to Youtube, copy the URL, and fix/adjust it to fit the slide.
- Swipe is well organized, but had a confusing format.
- Swipe is organized, but we found it very confusing to select a format.