Creating with Keynote
Keynote is another favorite app of mine because all of my students K-5th can create using it. I have presented on Keynote at conferences and led trainings and workshops throughout my district and I use it in my K-5th classes. So many uses for so many educational areas. We began using keynote as a presentation tool but then I realized why not show my students all of the things I use keynote for and see what interests them. So we went through creating traditional slide presentations and how to add in transitions. We discussed how presenters in real life don't put all of their facts on the slide but rather very few words and use their facts as their presenter notes. We moved on to the students creating and presenting for their peers. The peer feedback is so helpful and inspiring to the students. Always 2 compliments and 1 wish. It definitely means more than any feedback I would give.
We continued on with Keynote creating 'All About Me' projects like the one pictured below. I have a simple set of directions with pictures in my resources tab. The All About Me project was created by Apple as part of their Apple Teacher program. Apple Teacher is a free program for teachers to learn about ways to use iPads and MacBooks in the classroom effectively. If you would like to see more example of the 'All about Me' projects like the one my Kindergarten student did below please go to the Apple Teacher website or follow #ShowandTell on Twitter to see more.
Next, we went on to creating animations with magic move. This was honestly so intriguing to my students. After they were well practiced at creating keynote animations using shapes and magic move I showed them how to screen record using the new feature in iOs11. After they screen record, the iPad creates a movie file of their animation. This can then be shared with their parents using our Seesaw Learning Journal accounts.
Please note *Students must hold their iPad in the portrait mode for the recording to transfer into Seesaw correctly.* My students are so creative and were thinking of so many uses for keynote animations that I hadn't thought of yet.
They suggested book reports, author studies, math examples, history reports, science experiments, the list could go on and on.
The next area we will be exploring is using our keynote animations with green screen to add to the learning possibilities. Be on the look out for another post later this year. I would also like to show my students how to create digital media about an upcoming event and save as a PNG or JPEG. So many cool ways to use Keynote in your classroom as tool for learning and creating but only so many days of school.
K-5th Technology Teacher in our iPad Lab. I love what I am blessed to do each day!