Apple Maps with Original Keynote Shapes: Protractors & Rulers

There is an extensive library of custom shapes available in Keynote, useful for a variety of purposes. But two shapes that are missing from the library are a ruler and a protractor. So I decided to make my own, and apply them to measuring displacement and direction in a screenshot from Apple Maps.

They are shared in the Keynote file below, along with a few YouTube videos on how I use these to measure and add displacement vectors in my Physics classes. Full disclosure: both videos are over 20 minutes each. You may want to watch at least the beginning of the first video, as I explain some of the differences between the protractors. 

YouTube video 1:  

YouTube video 2:  

But whether Physics is your thing or not, there is a whole host of uses for ruler and protractor shapes in Keynote (Mathematics, Engineering, Geography, Navigation, to name a few) and you are welcome to use and/or modify them however you wish.

Educate with excellence,


Screenshot of rulers and protractors Keynote shapes
Screenshot of rulers and protractors Keynote shapes


Screenshot of Apple Maps with ruler and protractor Keynote shapes overlaid
Screenshot of Apple Maps with ruler and protractor Keynote shapes overlaid


5 replies

August 28, 2022

Wow - thanks for the tutorials and the new shapes. Very helpful!

August 28, 2022

Ben, thank you for adding a new approach to using Maps in fun and creative ways. I love how students can better understand math concepts using their “own backyard.” Thanks again for sharing😀

August 28, 2022

Glad to, Kip! Let me know if there are any other ways I can help support Maps. Cheers!

September 02, 2022

I love this Ben! What a great way to connect math - measurement, and geometry too - to Maps.

April 13, 2023

This is great Ben! Thanks so much for sharing. I was able to share this with a teacher during a coaching cycle where she was teaching her fourth graders to accurately measure and classify angles. She copied your protractor shape over into a Freeform Board and students used it there! Thanks again, I can’t wait to see what other ideas you share.

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