Keynote for Digital Story Telling

This post could as easily be titled, The Best Tool on Your Mac.

There is so much about Keynote that can be used in innovative ways for not only communicating but introducing virtually ALL of the fundamentals of computing to younger students it needs to re-imagined. More on that here but…

In terms of digital story telling, I have created a page to house all of the videos I recently created as a YouTube playlist and as the basis for an online course. The videos introduce vector graphic creation, digital story telling, the tools necessary to take it deeper, animations and the use of multiple slides to take the process further than Apple ever intended!

It also contains a classroom resource and a link to a workshop session on the same subject along with more session pages (many still under construction) covering an entire conference with Mac/iOS, Google for Edu, Coding and MakerSpace/Design Thinking strands.

Oh yes, there is also a free udemy Crash Course in Keynote available here. It is full of great stuff but was a first attempt at using the platform so please, do review it, but do be kind as this is a free resource.


I hope you find all of this useful.

Feel free to share it around!

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About Sean Thompson

Sean is an educational technology specialist at Sacred Heart International School in Tokyo. He travels extensively across southeast Asia speaking, presenting and participating in discussions regarding the effective integration of technology in an educational setting. In 2014 he partnered up with DEEP Learning to support the team with the development, promotion and execution of professional development conferences for teachers worldwide. Sean is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an International Baccalaureate Educator Network Workshop Leader , a Google education Trainer and a Certified Google Educator available for professional development at your school.
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4 Responses to Keynote for Digital Story Telling

  1. I completely agree with you. I have not used Keynote extensively, but am basically in the same frame of mind with Powerpoint on my PC. I so rarely use it to prepare and present a normal slide deck, but am in it daily using to prepare my digital signage for our campus, make memes to share with faculty and staff, create videos to share, and in generally any way i used to use publisher. These are such a powerful and overlooked tools that i see people going out of their way to over-complicate workflows to achieve what they can do under one roof. Thanks for your article, it reminded me i need to get back in iWork more often.

    • Hey Nick, always a treat to hear from another practitioner whose made similar discoveries. To be honest I’m an app smasher jumping between the two just about every day. Keynote’s Alpha tool kicks PP’s butt but some of the effects in PP are so good I jump in there to blend functionalities. Where are you in the world?

      • I’ve heard App-Smasher before, but never thought of it in terms of our overall usage of the programs and services from which we eke out the best results. I find using the best parts of the best tools when necessary to be the best hacks people can discover.
        I’ve from Seattle, Wa (sidebar: always fascinating when a post on Linked In get more comments than the original post. Either way, glad your resources and insight are getting some visibility, keep up the good work.)

    • Hi Nick,

      Thanks for the comment. I am going deeper and deeper down this rabbit hole. I have started an animation course and will be posting soon the beta lessons via YouTube. If you cath the post I hope you will share it around with anyone who might enjoy them.


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