Apple Teacher #3: Producing exciting lessons with Keynote and iMovie

Apple Teacher #3: Producing exciting lessons with Keynote and iMovie

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the Apple Teacher Starter Guides, and how they can be used to upskill staff to help them plan engaging lessons with iPad and Mac. Now we move on to the Keynote and iMovie for iPad and Mac guides – two great resources for helping teachers to produce new and exciting lessons. 

Keynote Starter Guide

In both the Keynote for iPad and Keynote for Mac Starter Guide, there is a Science and Nature theme that shows you step by step how to build a fantastic professional-looking presentation using Apple’s very user-friendly Keynote presentation app. You’ll learn how to insert videos into presentations, how to move objects with Magic Move, which is brilliant for emphasising important areas of slides, and more.

You’ll also revisit the Instant Alpha feature you used in Pages, which further cements the skills you will be starting to develop. This will increase your confidence in the early days, when using iPad and Mac can help your lessons be successful. As with the other iBooks, chapter 3 has a skills list for you to refer back to, which is always a good safety blanket. The last chapter then looks at giving you inspiration for other lessons across the curriculum

iMovie for Mac Apple Teacher Guide

As with the other teacher guides, iMovie for Mac starts with an overview in chapter 1 and 2 of the app and its layout. You’ll be familiar with chapter 3, which starts with a list of skills you will learn – use this for planning in the early days, especially when using iMovie for the first time with students. If you plan in a little bit of time to orientate students around the app, it will pay off in the long run. We recommend drip feeding only the features you will use – once students have used iMovie a few times, you’ll soon have a class of young Spielbergs!

The guide then focuses on creating an iMovie of a Natural Science field trip. Among the many skills you’ll pick up on in the book is learning how to use voiceover as well as using the clip editing feature (which lets you take out parts of clips you don’t want) to create high quality movies. After completing this badge, you’ll have the skills to create brilliant starter activities or even a project for the students to create their own movie clip. In the last chapter, you have the cross-curricular links that are common in all of the guides.

Additional support

As mentioned in our last article, Regional Training Centres (RTCs) all around the country are hosting free introduction workshops based around the Apple Teacher Guides. Most are starting out with sessions based around the iPad starter guide. Look out for upcoming courses in the new year where you’ll find many of the app-based sessions being run.

Next steps with Jigsaw24

If your staff have the skills to create resources in iMovie and Keynote, then you might want to ask our Apple Education Trainers about our Flipped Learning with Explain Everything professional learning. Flipped Learning is a concept that looks at how students can complete new learning out of the classroom, so you can deepen the learning experience during lessons. Explain Everything is the perfect app to bring together your Keynote and iMovie resources to produce the perfect flipped learning resource. Our Apple Education Trainers can introduce your staff to this effective teaching and learning technique with this practical professional learning workshop.

– Missed our last Apple Teacher article? Catch up on ‘Exploring the Pages, iPad and Mac Starter Guides’ here.

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How to distribute Apple’s free iLife and iWork apps via VPP

How to distribute Apple’s free iLife and iWork apps via VPP

As you may have seen last year, Apple have now made their full range of iLife and iWork apps available for free, meaning you can now get the likes of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie and iPhoto for nothing! But how do you download and distribute those apps through Apple’s Volume Purchase Programme (VPP)? 

The free apps are available for free on the App Store to all VPP customers with qualifying iOS 7 compatible devices activated or purchased on or after September (that is, more recent iPad, iPhone or iPod touch devices). All you need to do to request content codes for your qualifying devices is fill in the form at the VPP Contact Support page, and they’ll sort you out. Then you can distribute your free apps using Apple Configurator or your mobile device management (MDM) solution.

Just follow these few steps from Apple:

(UPDATE 10/03/14: We just wanted to point out that sending the form by email is just the first step. It raises a support ticket (Apple quote up to five days for a response, but it’s usually quicker). The email dialogue (with serial numbers etc) would then take place via the support ticket/email.)

“1. [Email] a copy of your original sales receipt with the number of eligible devices clearly marked. If the serial numbers are not listed, please include them as well.

2. In five to seven business days, after we verify your information, we’ll send you a password protected file containing your content codes. We’ll send you a separate email shortly after with your password to open the codes file.

3. You can use the iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers codes using Apple Configurator or another third party Mobile Device Management (MDM) software. Users can also redeem the codes individually using their Apple IDs.”

If you need any more information on redeeming codes, take a look at our article VPP explained: Educational discounts on iPad apps, or get in touch on the details below.

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