Two Ways to Add Audio to Keynote

The grade sevens are working on their first multimedia project- the dreaded keynote presentation (I know this because my daughter has been working on it in the kitchen while I make dinner). One of the challenges of making the keynote directly on the iPad is the challenge of adding an audio track to their presentation.

Why is it a challenge? Because for some reason only known to Apple, there is no direct way of doing this.

After a bit of research I found this video:

I tried this method with my daughter and, after some failed attempts, succeeded in embedding two musical clips in her presentation. However, we were not able to extract a clip from the song- she had to go with the beginning.

But wait! Mr. Multimedia teacher just sent me the following video which shows how to add an audio clip (even from within a song) using an app called Hokusai:

Which just goes to show you that even if Mr. Jobs didn’t think about it that doesn’t mean it can’t be done…

Lesson Plan: Photo Essay on the iPad, Option 2

Last year I wrote this post about how to make a photo essay on the iPad. But in spirit of giving the students a couple of choices, here is another way to do it, using keynote.

1. Gather your photos. Depending on your topic and the parameters of the assignment , you can either take them yourself with the iPad or download photos from the internet and save them into your cameral roll. Here is a photo from the library window:



2. Then use a photo enhancing app like pixlromatic (free) to give it the look you want (optional):



Warning: don’t take too long on this- there is an embarrassment of choices that can you paralyze you!

3. Go to keynote and choose your template. I recommend the plain black one. Add you photo and your caption:


Repeat! Don’t forget to add a title page!

When you are done you can email it to yourself:



If the file is too big for you to email to yourself (which happens quickly with photos), you can also import it into imovie and then upload it through your youtube account. Make sure to click on the privacy setting that allow only the person with the link to view it.



Lesson Plan: Making a Fake Front Page

It isn’t true. There isn’t an app for everything. For instance, there is no app that makes my coffee in the morning. No app that regulates my inside and outside voice (imagine that- a warning bell would go off every time the iPad sense you are about to say anything inappropriate. Or better yet, send something inappropriate. That’ll be the scary scary day.) And, as it turns out, I could find no good app to help Madame Histoire and Géographie teacher find an nice easy app on the iPad to help her with her project.

The project: To make a Front Page newspapers with articles describing the exploits of a certain explorer. Columbus discovers America! (subtitle: but the dufus mistakes it for India…)


Although there were a lot of joke apps like Faker, and Noob, the free versions do not allow you to change the actual text of the article, only the images and the headlines. Not so good for a school project. As well, they have a 12+ rating due to some risqué content.

So, what to do?

Look online of course.

I found a news clip generator, which was very easy to use, but only gives you part of the front page:

Then it is just a matter of clicking the download button and saving it to your camera roll. This is the final result:

However, Madame Histoire really wanted a whole page, so after a quick search, I found this free powerpoint template online:

It downloads very easily into keynote (though there are a few fonts that don’t translate very well). The students can choose to work on it on the iPad or on their laptops!