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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The iOS apps you (and we) can’t live without

The iOS apps you (and we) can’t live without

From accountants to architects, here are some of the top apps that we have been recommending to customers.

One of the biggest benefits of Apple’s iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is versatility. Apps allow you to transform an iOS device into just about anything you can imagine on a touch screen, and the Apple App Store already has a library of more than 520,000 approved apps – many of which are free. You can develop your own bespoke content that’s tailored specifically to your business’s needs but, apart from spirit levels and Angry Birds, what does the App Store have to offer?

For word processing: Pages

Pages (£6.99) from Apple is just one of a number of apps out there available for the iPad and iPhone that deal with word processing. Where this has the edge, though, is in its compatibility with Microsoft Word – it can import and export both iWork and Office for Mac files, as well as PDFs. It’s also far more flexible than its competitors, allowing you to import photos into text with minimal lag.

Download Pages from the App Store here.

For spreadsheets: Numbers

Download Numbers from the App Store here.Numbers (£6.99) from Apple is a spreadsheet tool that includes over 250 different functions. It’s completely compatible with Excel files (you can import and export the .xls file type), but bear in mind it doesn’t include pivot tables, sparklines and Macros – you’ll need to run Microsoft Office via VPN and remote desktop protocol for those.

For presentations: Keynote

Keynote (£6.99) from Apple is hands-down the best for creating and editing presentations, and you can work with both Mac Keynote and PowerPoint files. Bear in mind though, that if you just want an app for presenting that retains PowerPoint formatting, you’re better off going for GoodReader.Download Keynote from the App Store here.
For accessing and sharing files: mobilEcho, Dropbox and activEcho

mobilEcho (Get in touch for pricing) from GroupLogic has been a game changer in that IT can now give iPad users secure and managed access (via AD authentication) to files that are stored on corporate file servers. Basically, it lets iPad users access files in the same way as they would on their laptop.

Download free trial of mobilEcho here.

Dropbox (Free) by Dropbox is free but includes a storage limit, and lets you store any file type in cloud storage so you can access it on another device – you can save a document on an iPad and then carry on working on it on your desktop when you’re back in the office, without having to transfer over the latest version.

Download Dropbox from the App Store.

activEcho (Get in touch for pricing) from GroupLogic is the corporate equivalent of Dropbox, and works in the same way by giving you anytime, anywhere access to files stored in the cloud (either public or private). The one big difference: this improves security and helps you meet compliance requirements. Again, the client app is free but the infrastructure behind that isn’t.

Download activEcho free trial here.

For sketching and editing CAD files: AutoCAD WS

AutoCAD WS (Free) is purely aimed at anyone who works with 2D and 3D DWG, DWF and DXF files. It lets you view, edit and share drawings, and you can even work on designs offline or use the built-in design collaboration tools to review and approve colleagues’ work.

Download AutoCAD WS from the App Store here.

For retail and sales reports: Roambi Analytics Visualizer and Roambi Flow Viewer

Roambi Analytics Visualizer and Roambi Flow Viewer are both business intelligence apps that bring together complex data and engaging design. Roambi Analytics transforms existing business reports into stunning visual displays, while the Flow Viewer lets you turn business information (including Salesforce data) and multimedia content into a report for presenting to clients and colleagues. While both apps are free to download, for more comprehensive reporting in Analytics Visualizer, a subscription is required.

Download Roambi Flow Viewer from the App Store here.

Download Roambi Analytics Visualizer from the App Store here.

For monitoring and communicating leads: ForcePad and Salesforce Chatter

ForcePad (Free) by Salesforce Labs was formerly known as Salesforce for iPad, and gives you access to every Salesforce feature on the move. You can create, edit, clone and delete records in an Salesforce environment, view all your apps and visualforce/web/custom tabs, and post links to Chatter. This is great if you want to check leads or opportunities you’ve been assigned to.

Download ForcePad from the App Store here.

Salesforce Chatter (Free) by salesforce.com is a great way to turn your business into a social enterprise, giving employees the chance to communicate what they are working on and post photos.

Download Chatter from the App Store here.

For document management: GoodReader for iPad

GoodReader for iPad (£2.99) by Good.i.Ware is perfect for viewing lots of file formats, including PDFs and Microsoft Office files. Where this excels is in its flexibility and speed; you can load up PDFs of 100MB or more incredibly fast or even choose to load them without images, then use the annotation tools to look at other people’s comments GoodReader also uses a familiar file storage interface, and can sync with the likes of Dropbox and other remote servers.

Download GoodReader for iPad from the App Store here.

For notetaking: Evernote

Evernote (Free) by Evernote is more than just notetaking, if I’m being honest; you can take notes, capture photos, important PDFs, make voice recordings and more. Then save them all in the cloud in project folders. It’s the search function that really stands out, though, because Evernote will scan your saved images and PDFs as well as text documents for instances of your word or phrase.

Download Evernote from the App Store here.

For more of our must-have apps, keep en eye on our blog for our app of the week! Or to find out about creating and distributing apps within your business, call us on 03332 409 219 or email B2B@Jigsaw24.com.