I caught up with the #AppleEDUChat twitter chat this morning and was taken with the idea of using Keynote for simple animations. I’d heard of the magic move transition before but hadn’t really explored the possibilities this offered. The example GIFs shown within the twitter chat really inspired me to take a closer look.
How I created my first Keynote animation
I quickly drew a simple car in Keynote with shapes, added a background image and then duplicated the slide.
Then I tapped on the first slide thumbnail and selected Transitions. I selected the Magic Move option and then Done.
I clicked on the second slide thumbnail and moved the car shape to the right of the slide and the background image to the left.
Previewing the animation at this point I could see the car move smoothly to the right of the slide and the background image scroll to the left. Perfect!
I added a third slide and introduced a tag shape with text on it. Very soon my animation was complete.
How I created a video of my Keynote
To export the animation as a video I used the screen record function built into iOS 11. I’m finding this new function such a great addition as I used to connect my iPad to a laptop and record the screen via QuickTime. Now I can do all this on one device!
I created the above GIF using GIF Toaster (free).
How this might be used in Computer Science
Animations of processes the students cannot easily observe such as how a hard disk drive operates (or an inkjet printer head!).
How to set up hardware for a classroom task e.g. Raspberry Pi or Arduino with various components.
I currently handwrite pseudocode videos using Explain Everything. This is fine but relies on consistent clarity of my scrawl. I’m going to investigate how Keynote might support quicker creation of these videos without simply becoming a video of a powerpoint presentation.
Have you any great examples of using Keynote to create animations that you use in your subject area? Please add a comment with a link to your work!