# 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.

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,

Ben

Screenshot of rulers and protractors Keynote shapes

Screenshot of Apple Maps with ruler and protractor Keynote shapes overlaid

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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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