Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Control and Annotate a Keynote... From Your iPhone!

Hello, Friends!

Here's a neat little trick that I stumbled upon for iPhone users.  Do you create Keynotes for your students to view and feel like you're stuck at the front of the room whenever you're doing it?  Ever want to present from a different corner of your classroom?

Guess what -- you can -- and all you need is an updated iPhone or and iPad.  Before you can "control" it with a click of a button, however, you'll need to follow these setup/linking instructions from Apple's website:

Link Keynote Remote to your Mac

Use these steps to link Keynote Remote to your Mac:
  1. Make sure that Wi-Fi is turned on both on your Mac and your iOS device.  Your phone needs to be on the school's WIFI for it to work!  If you need help getting on the WIFI, please find myself or Mr. Jesse.   
  2. On your Mac, open your presentation in Keynote.
  3. Choose Keynote > Preferences.
  4. Select the Remotes tab.
  5. Select the option to Enable.
  6. On your iOS device, open the Keynote app.
  7. Tap the Keynote Remote icon in the toolbar of the presentation manager. If you're in a presentation, tap Presentations in the toolbar to open the presentation manager. In portrait orientations on smaller devices, tap the   icon.
  8. If this is your first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap Continue.
    If this is not your first attempt to link to this Keynote Remote, tap the Devices button. Then tap "Add a Device."
  9. On your Mac, click the Link button next to the name of your iOS device. It should appear in the Remotes menu.
Once you follow those steps, you can now use your iPhone/iPad as a remote!  Here's how it works:

First, open up a Keynote on your Macbook:

Next, you'll need to have the most recent version of Keynote downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad.  Open it up, and click the grey rectangle in the top left corner -- this is the "remotes" button.

You'll then see THIS screen on your mobile device:

Pressing the "Play" button will open up the Keynote on your phone/Macbook, and TA-DA, you can now flip through your slides via your iPhone/iPad!  If you use any notes with your presentation, you can also see those on your device as well.  Neat, eh?  

Oh, and for our more advanced users, you can also ANNOTATE the slides from your iPhone as you present them!

Once you have your phone acting as a remote, see that little circle in the top right?  

If you press that, it'll bring up the annotation screen.  Just click a color, and you can highlight important information for your students to see with only your finger! 

Cool, eh?  

   ~Donnie Piercey

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