Combining shapes to create placeholders

We use placeholders in Keynote and Pages all the time. They move the cognitive load away from app switching and place it on taking or choosing just the right image for the task that students are working on. Especially for our younger students this can save lots of time and frustration. I try to use the same image each time as a placeholder so that students have a consistent visual cue, prompting them to insert an image or video.

This video shows how to create a basic placeholder, and then how to combine shapes and turn them into an image to create a placeholder that includes instructions.


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Posted on January 22, 2024

Such a useful tip! You are right, this is great for early learners! It can streamline so much and prevent frustration.

Posted on January 22, 2024

Thanks, Chuck. It really does speed things up in the classroom and allows us to get much more learning done in the limited time we have.

Posted on January 22, 2024

Students having a consistent visual cue is so helpful! Utilizing media placeholders in Keynote is perfect for this! I love your workflow video, Eric.

Posted on January 22, 2024

Thanks, Kelsey. I appreciate it.

Posted on January 25, 2024

What an easy way to customize placeholders for a quick visual - thanks for the tip!

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