Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Keynote Whiteboarding

"If you stumble, make it part of the dance." 

Sometimes, in the midst of trials and/or failures, you can accidentally come across something brilliant. I have a new technique to share that you may find to be exceptionally useful—maybe even brilliant!

As part of an Apple Academy professional learning program in which I participated this summer, I gave some examples of how technology can be used to transform instruction. My example included using any Apple iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) as a tool to present Keynote presentations using the presenter control features. Presenters can see the current and next slides, view presenter notes, make drawings on slides, and use a laser pointer effect to ditch your laser pointer. Those features alone are worth sharing with teachers.

But wait, there's more.

My new idea, which I call "Keynote Whiteboarding," allows teachers and students to wirelessly share their ideas on a digital whiteboard using Keynote. Using a Keynote presentation with blank slides built in allows students or teachers to use the highlighting and drawing tools to write on slides wirelessly as they walk around the room. The screen capture function (press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons simultaneously) allows you to save the whiteboard ideas in your camera roll.

The following video demonstrates how to set up your iPad and MacBook Air for "Keynote Whiteboarding."

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