Keynote for iPad is a staple in schools with iPad programs. Students are presenting to the class more and more with projects created all from an iPad. One great feature of keynote is its ability to embed video in a slide and at the end of the video, transition to the next slide. It just makes your presentation so much smoother and can make the whole thing play without any interaction. This is useful for getting everything in with a given amount of time or looping the presentation at your baking soda volcano exhibit. On keynote for mac you get 600 seconds to allow for this, on an iPad you get just 60.
Well with a little creative thinking, you can make this much longer.
Last Friday at school, one of the middle school students came by my room in a panic. She had left her iPad at home, but needed a Keynote presentation on the iPad for a group project that was due that day. She was afraid of letting down her groupmates and hurting their grades.
Thankfully, we were able to remotely access the file and transfer it to a friend's iPad using iCloud's web interface.
Hopefully by now you already have a Dropbox account. Even if you do not have an iPad, Dropbox is an invaluable tool for teachers (especially if you have a work computer and a home computer, or a desktop and a laptop). If you don't already have it, use this link to sign up and install it on your PC or Mac and then come back to this post once you are done that step.
Okay, so you have a Dropbox account now? Good. Let me show you some of the advanced ways to use it in a classroom (especially if you have an iPad).
This is how I explain using iCloud & why to parents, students & staff.
This is very important as not doing so can cause the iPad to be wiped out when installing school related apps since there is no backup to restore it from. iCloud is a free service that comes from Apple when you register for an Apple ID. Please, check your child’s iPad for the iCloud Backup setting and make sure it is on. See below.