3. Keynote

“Keynote is the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, it makes creating a world-class presentation – complete with animated charts and transitions – as simple as touching and tapping.”

Technical specifications


Developer: iTunes S.a.r.l.

Price: Free

Size: 463 MB

Rating App Store: ★★★★

Available on: iOS, OS X


Efficiency value

Apple’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote does exactly what you expect it to do. The creation of slideshows which can be composed of text, pictures, videos and combinations thereof come together to establish a solid supporting tool that can find its use in practically any subject for any topic. Transforming larger amounts of data and text into a Keynote can be a bit of a hassle if you do not have a Mac to create your Keynotes with.


Content value

Keynote has little didactic and content value on its own. Much like PowerPoint, it is not so much the app but what you do with it that counts. Successful usage of Keynote can greatly improve any lesson’s structure and visual representation.


Motivational value

The teacher will most likely use this tool on a regular basis. It is however a free addition to any iPad and is thus readily available for pupils to use in the creation of any presentations they might have. A very sparse and roundabout user interface, such as the lack of labelling on options or the very few editing options, on the iPad versions of the application may cause some irritation with new or infrequent users.



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A standard addition to any iPad, Keynote provides a great deal of structural and visual benefits to a lesson. Users with just an iPad and no Mac available may find it to be tedious in use and limiting in options. Regardless, a must-have for anyone looking to provide a technological framework for their lessons.


Lesson ideas


  • This app will only be used to make presentations, in a more traditional way than Explain Everything, made by students or by teachers. We mention Keynote because it is a versatile application that simply cannot be ignored. However, there are no Keynote-specific lesson ideas as it can be used in any lesson, for any subject, for any topic…






  • Pupils can make their own Keynote-presentation, in group, alone or with guidance from the teacher.
  • Pupils can turn a written text into a presentation.
  • Pupils can make their own presentation based on already existing presentations, or based on a manual offered by the teacher.
  • Pupils can make up a plan to create a Keynote.
  • Pupils can use an appropriate layout in Keynote.
  • Pupils can mind the 7×7-rule in Keynote.
  • Pupils can assess and evaluate their own presentation, before and after having to present it in front of the class.
  • Pupils can assess and evaluate presentations made by fellow pupils.



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