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Keynote iPad Best Practice

Keynote iPad Best Practice

Being in the UK, Apple’s headline “Within 90 days” at the iPad launch event has turned into the longest wait ever. Reading daily how great the iPad is, what it can do and viewing numerous unboxing videos leaves me feeling left out of the party.

Frankly, I don’t see a massive personal benefit of the iPad in my computing lifestyle, I have my Macbook Pro for productivity and my iPhone for mobility so the iPad wouldn’t really serve much daily purpose.

Where I do see the iPad is education. I am predicting in a few months secondary schools will be flooded with birthday (and eventually Christmas) iPads.

I have been researching the education application of the iPad since launch and was initially very excited with the idea that students could create and view Keynote files directly on their mobile device. One application that has already grabbed my attention is The Elements.

Discover the 118 elements of the Periodic Table up close on the large iPad screen. Flick to rotate 360 degrees and inspect each one. Then read the element’s story. You’ll learn its origins, how it was discovered, and its significance in the universe. You can even see it all in 3D using 3D glasses (sold separately). The Elements features a live connection to the Wolfram | Alpha computational search engine. So you’ll have the latest data at hand. (Watch the video to see it in all its glory).

Learning to be Mobile

It appears creating presentations designed for mobile learning is going to take a little bit of forethought and design as there are few issues when transferring Keynotes between the iPad and the Mac.

As a result Apple have released a best practice guide to using Keynote on the iPad. From recommending the best themes through to PNG images and the compression of PDF files the guide is comprehensive.

You can view the full document here.

I would be keen to hear your opinion on iPad Productivity in the comments below.

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