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Developing Systems Thinking through app prototyping in Keynote
Keynote is one of my favourite and most ‘go to’ apps on iPad. It’s versatility and accessibility for all learners makes it one of the most dynamic apps around. More recently, I have been exploring the power of systems thinking and how students can develop this level of interconnectedness in meaningful ways, through app prototyping. Systems thinking refers to the structure of systems in everyday life, from basic workflows, solving mathematical problems, governmental system structures and even something as simple as a choose your own adventure book. It relates to how all parts of a system are connected and dependant on each other.
So to create something like this, of course my go to app is Keynote. It allows students to prototype their very own app in a short space of time, while developing the soft skill of systems thinking.
Here are a few tips to get started making your first app prototype in Keynote.
- Set your presentation to ‘links only’
- Create a working model for your students which has a connection to a real world problem.
- Provide a scaffold (template) to support students at a range of learning abilities.
- Use real examples of app layouts to provide a nice look and feel for your app.
*special note - all of these tips are explained in the video below.
I hope this has inspired you to use app prototyping in your classroom to engage your learners in systems thinking, but also provide new ways of sharing their learning with a larger audience.
A few ideas to use this in the classroom:
- display learning from an inquiry-based learning unit.
- create a how to app to showcase procedural text understanding.
- publish a ‘choose your own adventure’ novel based on choices.
- showcase learning in a portfolio, encompassing videos, photos or any media created.
- And many more…
Please comment below any other ideas that you may have to use this in the classroom and I look forward to seeing what your students create.