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Enabling Real-World Engagement using video in Keynote
How can we create opportunities for real-world engagement and deep learning within Keynote using video?
In this blog post I’m going to show you how to simulate the building of a TV remote control which links to a series of TV “channels”. Each TV screen or channel acts as a placeholder for literally any content. I recently ran this activity with year 1 & 2 students who were investigating older technologies and objects from decades past as part of a unit of study entitled, “Old and New”.
I’ve run this activity a number of times with students ranging from year one to year six and they really enjoy it.
Why it works…
- It’s creative and open-ended (students design their own remote using the shapes library in Keynote)
- It’s high in terms of real-world engagement (students are familiar with remote controls and how they work)
- It connects directly with the teaching of coding concepts (conditionals)
- Students can share their creations (authentic purpose)
Here are some ideas for creating some video content to appear on each TV channel…
- Perform a persuasive piece of writing as a video. Students could read or perform various points-of-view and add them to different TV stations.
- Each channel contains a video explanation of a particular object from the past or present and explain how it works.
- Each channel contains an advertisement
Here’s a link to Apple’s Everyone Can Create (Video) book (free via Apple Books) for some great ideas for working with video in the classroom.
Here’s a link to the royalty-free Creative Commons old-style TV image for use in Keynote.
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