Keynote Animations: Measuring with a Protractor

I am participating in the CISD Digital Learning Coach Blogging Challenge.  I have chosen to utilize the animation features in Keynote in a new way and reflect on the experience and outcome with this blog post.

In about an hour, I created this 42 second video:




Now for the steps I took to arrive at the video as the final product:

  • Create a new Keynote Presentation – I chose the white theme.
  • Use Pixabay to identify the ferris wheel image (Bonus!  It’s in the Public Domain!)
  • Slide 1: Insert ferris wheel image and add text (find the measure of the angle between the spokes on the ferris wheel).
  • Slide 2: Create the ray from the center of the ferris wheel and use the line draw feature to animate.  Create a second ray on top of the other one.
  • Slide 3: Use the magic move feature to animate the angle opening and add text (estimate the angle measure).
  • Grab an image of a protractor and use Photoshop’s magic eraser tool to make the background (and all of the inside parts) transparent.
  • Slide 4: Insert the edited protractor image.
  • Slide 5: Use magic move to rotate the protractor.
  • Use another program with equation editor ability (such as Microsoft Word) to create the 20 degrees symbol – am I missing something with Keynote here?  Can I create math type in Keynote without having the actual MathType program on my Mac?
  • Slide 5: Insert the 20 degrees symbol.
  • Slide 6: Add the text (how did your estimate compare?)
  • Export the Keynote file to Quicktime.
  • Upload the Quicktime file to Vimeo.

All of that in about an hour.  I know Keynote has so many features I have not yet used/learned.  It is a powerful tool and well worth exploring!

Here’s a pic of my 6 slides:

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6 Keynote Slides

My friend, Kyle Pearce has some great examples of using Keynote animations with math on his website:

Note: I gave myself an hour to complete this because I know I would devote an entire weekend to a Keynote if I could!