Keynote for Animation in iMovies

For a period there has been quite a number of videos made using white-boarding techniques. The are pretty attractive and attention grabbing. Most of the time if you need to create a video you end up paying quite a bit for the website that provides the services needed for creating those videos, however I should say, that if you are not a techie they are quite helpful.
But if you already use Keynote or even Power Point I am sure that you can create white board style animation in a pretty slick way. The animation that Keynote provides is quite good for the purpose.

By a combination of build in, action and build out you will be able to achieve this feat with zero investment. However a little bit of investment in time is required. If you have some skills in creating png images it would make the process a lot easier.

Here is a video I created in generating a whiteboard type animation, if you need to use it for some of your Keynote presentations or make a movie out of it


Mirror your iPad

How to mirror your ipad on to your TV or overhead projector.
My earlier post showed you how to mirror your iPad or iPhone 4S on a TV or Projector using a VGA cable or composite cable. Another neat way to do this is by using Apple TV. Once you have your apple TV set up you can double click the home button on your iPad, now you will see your app switcher, if you scroll over to your play button you will see your air play icon. Select it and it will give your two options one is iPad and the other is Air play. Select air play and you should now see  your iPad mirrored on your TV or projector. You need to be running iOS 5 or higher.

What do you need for this to work?

  • Apple TV $99/-
  • Wireless router – your home network

The inputs on your apple tv are RJ45 for ethernet, HDMI, optical audio, USB and power. So you need a HDMI out from your iPad to connect to your apple TV.

Useful links

iPad in the classroom

Tech in education-for teachers
With the evolution of educational technology and blended learning becoming a method of the present in classroom teaching, it is quite pertinent to integrate the newer technologies into your teaching practice, quite often we get hooked on to the past as it is convenient to work with what we already know, change is difficult. However some of the technologies are quite user friendly and much easier to use than one expects. I am exploring ways of doing this, what intrigued me most was how quickly one can start up your iPad, and the time it takes to open your documents or applications is amazingly less, if you compare it to the time one takes to get your pc up and running, that would be a real long wait. This is big time for me, I dont want to loose class time, usually it takes quite some time as most of you know. This in itself a great convenience for me, as I can have my class in engagment mode right away. But to make all this possible these are some of the contraptions and apps that I have brought and installed.

For the iPad
1. A VGA cable for overhead projection from apple $36.99
2. A composite cable for overhead projection with audio $ 79.99 “Can do without this”
3. A stylus $19.99 may be cheaper now
4. If you dont have a composite cable with audio you may need a separate audio system and appropriate output cable
5. Digital overhead projector or an LCD or LED TV

1. ‘Dropbox‘ – Free
2. ‘Keynote’ – $9.99
3. ‘Pages’ – $9.99
4. ‘Note taker’ $4.99
5. ‘iBooks’ – Free
6. ‘Explain Everything’ $2.99 for screen casting – video can be exported to iPhotos and then edited using iMovies

With the above apps you can easily get going and your life could be a lot easy.

Use of hardware
1. The VGA cable makes it possible to mirror your iPad on an overhead projector or a TV which has a PC input or a composite input or a HDMI if you have the HDMI dongle for iPad. Once your projection system is up, you need the software for your lessons. Just plug the cable into your iPad and connect it into your projector.

Use of software and apps
2. I actually did not create any power points or documents on Key note or Pages, instead I have all my documents made in Microsoft office as word, or power point. What I have done is I created an account with dropbox and included all the documents that I want to be available on my iPad in it. Installed the dropbox app on my iPad and synced the files, those files that I wanted offline I made them my favourites, now this will be available all the time.

3. To open my power point I can show the slides directly as is on the overhead from ‘Dropbox’ or if I want to use it as a presentation I can import it into Keynote and save it as a Keynote file. Most of the animations do work right away all it takes is a couple of seconds. So now I have my powerpoint ready to use in Keynote no worries there. The slide show works amazingly.

4. Alternatively if you want to use your documents .doc or .xls or pdf’s there are two options one use the dropbox display as is or import the document into pages, numbers or notetaker if you could save your documents as pdf on your pc and sync it with drop box all your files can be opened in iBooks, this makes it a lot easy as there are no issues with formatting.

5. I find “Explain Everything” better than “Educreations” for exporting documents and editing them in iMovies.

Overall with all these contraptions you actually spend less time for set up of your class with flexibility in the type of interactive media that you have at minimal cost. Trust me the iPad will go a long way in education in the coming years.

Air Print

One of the most important functionality of the iPad is its ability to print documents directly to printers. This function changes the productivity of the device 100% to an educator, or anyone for the matter. The question is what do you need for the air print functionality to work properly.

  • First of all you need an airprint compatible printer; there are a number of printers that are compatible with air print, do your research before you buy a printer. If you already have a printer check with the manufacturers website to see if air print functionality has been added, for some printers a firmware upgrade would enhance this functionality.
  • You need to have a home wireless network infra structure. The printer and the iPad or iPhone should be connected to the same network; this is important.
  • Some wireless routers do not allow air printing functionality, this is because it does not allow “bonjour” functionality. Apple devices use the bonjour functionality for communicating. So if you can change your security settings on your router to allow this functionality your air print enabled printer would be visible on your iPad or iPhone. The security settings of your router does determine this functionality.
  • Once all the above factors are met you should be able to print most documents on to your printer wirelessly.
  • What I have noticed is, if you need your document not to loose its formatting it is a great idea to export your document as a pdf file and send it to your iPad or iPhone first either as an email attachment or sync it using itunes; then open the document in iBooks  and select share-print, select the printer which should be visible in your device, determine the number of copies needed then send the document for printing.
  • List of Airprint enabled printers from apple website
  • Note: If you are unable to see any Air Print enabled printers on your device – buying apps for printing from the appstore is not going to help you – so do not waste your money
  • Router Settings: Make sure the WMM function is enabled, for iphones and ipads to communicate with your router this appears to be necessary. – For dlink this has to be enabled, but air print works very well with the default settings. Linksys has issues when working with Air print. Turning off multicast filtering may help.
  • Link to Youtube video on how to set up your HP LaserJet Professional Printer to Wirelessly print from an iPad or iPhone