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

More information

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.



All Comments

Posted on November 09, 2022

This is a fantastic use of keynote and links to allow students to explore old technology.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and this resource.

Posted on November 10, 2022

Thanks Phill and Eoin. 🙏

Posted on November 10, 2022

This is such a great resource and a wonderful video, Phillip!

So adaptable for any age range or context, with so many skills embedded in it! 🙌

Posted on November 11, 2022

What a great idea! Thanks for the super helpful video tutorial as well!

Posted on November 11, 2022

Thanks Jessica.

Posted on November 12, 2022

Phil, this is amazing!! What a great resource. I can’t wait to use it in the classroom. So many opportunities for use!

Posted on November 13, 2022

Love this idea. Hadn't thought about using this approach for Tv channels.

Posted on December 28, 2022

Cool idea Phill, thanks for sharing! 📺

Posted on January 02, 2023

Such a cool idea! Thanks for the detailed demo - students will love this! I could see this as a creative activity in a history class, each student responsible for a history story channel.

Posted on January 05, 2023

Thanks so much for sharing, Phil! We frequently use Keynote templates for our K-5 students in my school district, and this is such a unique idea!

Posted on January 05, 2023

Great simple activity Phil. There are so many possibilities and variations to this idea. Keynote really is a super app for creating engaging learning experiences for students.

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