Storytelling through Keynote Animation

Keynote would have to be one of my favourite apps! There are so many  different outcomes that students can create. I especially love using the animation tools with students and empowering them to be story tellers.

During mid-winter in Aotearoa New Zealand we celebrate Matariki.  Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars - also known as Pleiades.  The rising of these stars signal the start of the Māori New Year.

The name Matariki is an abbreviation of ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea’ (The eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea). This is a traditional story about the god of wind (Tāwhirimātea) who threw his eyes into the sky in a fit of rage after the separation of his mother (Papatūānuku) and father (Ranginui). The eyes formed the Matariki star cluster that we know today.

Attached is a Keynote presentation that I have used with both teachers and students that takes you through the process of animating a scene from that  particular story using a combination of Tayasui Sketches School and Keynote animation.

Here is a short video demonstration of the process:  

This workflow can be applied to any story scene and is a great way to familiarise students with the amazing tools that Keynote has to offer. In addition to the Keynote presentation, there is a pdf attached that will also support students through the process.

To explore more possibilities for using Keynote animation, you can check out Chapter 3 of Everyone Can Create Video Guide on the Bookstore or visit the Everyone Can Create Projects page in the Apple Education Community Learning Centre.

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9 replies

November 14, 2022

Wonderful animation! Great idea - storytelling via keynote animation. Thanks for the helpful and detailed tutorial. There are so many cultural stories that students can animate, including writing and animating their own story. Thank you Mandy!

November 14, 2022

This is great. Magic Move is one of the coolest things we start learning in Kindergarten STEM. My favorite thing about animations is that they export as a video or GIF.

November 14, 2022

Mandy! How amazing is this! And such a great guide for those new to keynote 🫶🏻 I have some teachers that will be so keen to see this 🥰

December 28, 2022

This is a beautiful idea Mandy and there are so many different ways to be creative with these skills. The handout is super useful too. Thank you for sharing! 💜

January 08, 2023

Love this Mandy! Such a great way to connect with cultural stories and using the black background creates a really dramatic effect.

January 26, 2023

This is absolutely amazing Mandy! I can’t wait to share this with my ELA teachers. I know how time consuming it is to make resources, so I want to say a huge THANK YOU for being willing to share out these tools you’ve created!💜

January 26, 2023

This is great and I appreciate you sharing it with the community. I love how detailed your tutorial is so it can be shared with other educators regardless of their experience with Keynote Animations.

May 14, 2023

This is fantastic Mandy! My favourite part is when Tawhirimātea appears with the flames.

June 30, 2023

Thank you for sharing this resource! It is great, and your directions are so clear and easy to follow! I will be sharing this math many of my educators.❤️

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