Creating AR Identity Portraits with Keynote & Eye Jack App

Shared at institute the story of our AR Identity Portraits where students chose a self portrait for our identity gallery, annotated and animated their image with pieces of their identity others may not see in Keynote, and then paired them together in Eye Jack app to complete the gallery experience.

Here is a recap of the steps.

STEP 1: Representing Our Layers

The first step of our project was exploring identity and self portraits. We did more learning about our personal and social identities with The Antiracist Kid by Tiffany Jewell while also exploring tips for self-portrait photography.

STEP 2: Annotating & Animating our Portraits in Keynote

After changing the presentation setup to the artwork size and layout, learners added their image and locked it down. Our students really enjoy drawing so the drawing tools and line draw animate feature was a good fit to share more about ourselves. When done we exported our final animations as a GIF.


A black and white image of an iPad in a lap has animations tell more about the person.

STEP 3: Connecting our Media pieces in Eye Jack App

Eye Jack is a really simple way to create Augmented Reality art. Learners airdropped their artifacts to our shared iMac for the tech team to connect with the Eye Jack creator app on the desktop.


Love to hear your thoughts! Let me know if you try it!

6 replies

July 12, 2023

I haven’t used Eye Jack for a while and you have inspired me to check it out again. I love the example you have shown here. Thanks for sharing!

July 12, 2023


July 14, 2023

I really loved this workshop at Institute, Tina! I'm thinking about ways I could do something similar to the annotated portraits with college-age preservice teachers this fall to help them annotate their "teacher identity" onto their self portraits. Thank you for facilitating this workshop!

July 15, 2023

Love that idea! Thanks for coming.

July 16, 2023

Thanks, Tina! I missed this one at Institute, but definitely was interested in seeing what you were doing. I appreciate this post!

April 12, 2024

Tina, you know I'm a top fan of all of your work and how inclusive it is for your student population. I've never used Eye-Jack but am looking to dig in and explore this more. Thank you as always for such great ideas that layer learning and easy to use apps for teachers and their learners.

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