WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Second graders at Charles Olbon have been busy over the last month creating their own online books via a program called Sway on their school laptops.

Sway is a digital storytelling app that helps students create professional, interactive designs in minutes with images, text, videos and other media. It’s an easy way for teachers and students to compose a digital creation that can be shared with parents and other.

Each student crafted a non-fiction e-book about an animal. Each Sway they created all had the same design elements. Each included a table of contents with chapters for classification, habitat, diet, predators/prey, interesting facts and a glossary. Each Sway had numerous photos inserted as well.

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Students recently presented their Sway to their classmates, reading their book and utilizing SmartBoard features to enlarge photos for discussion. After reading their book, the students fielded questions about their animal from classmates.

“They really had so much fun with it,” second grader teacher Ms. Kramer said. “They were surprised how easy it was to create their stories.”