Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014


Simple, elegant tool for creating presentations on mobile devices
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Create slideshow presentations from a tablet in a flexible, visually stunning way.
  • A range of customizable themes, fonts, and styles are available.
  • Features for adding charts, images, and animation result in professional, detailed presentations.
  • Help text overlays offer in-depth guidance to important features and useful shortcuts.
  • Help text eases the transition from desktop to tablet.
Features are intuitive, and built-in template, font, and design elements are extensive.
Longtime desktop users might find it difficult to adjust to the slightly different workflow without a mouse.
Bottom Line
Provides a solid mobile version of Apple's presentation app.
Patricia Monticello Kievlan
Common Sense Reviewer
Foundation/Non-Profit Member
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Clean, simple design and a range of modern eye-catching templates make creating a presentation a pleasure.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Learning isn't necessarily baked in, but Keynote's extensive features offer a great medium for presenting and exploring new information.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

Extensive help text and intuitive features make navigation and creation easy.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can use Keynote to create their own presentations for class, whether to present in person or to share with students for viewing on their own devices. Teachers might also encourage students to use Keynote as their go-to presentation tool, encouraging them to use the app’s features to create visual aids for their own presentations.

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What's It Like?

Keynote is Apple’s presentation tool for the iOS. Users can create slideshows that include images (from the device’s camera roll), text, and charts, and they can select themes, fonts, styles, transitions, and animation from a range of options. They can play their presentations from the device or share them via iCloud, email, or through other apps, and they can export presentations in Keynote, PDF, or PowerPoint formats and then open them through other apps on the device. In addition to basic features for creating and viewing presentations, Keynote also comes with a Remote feature that allows users to use one Apple device to control a presentation on another Mac, iPad, or iPhone. The Remote feature is the fanciest one here; others are simply stellar versions of exactly the features good presentation software needs. There's no fluff here; just a strong set of tools for building and sharing great slides.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Keynote wasn’t built specifically for education, but it makes a great go-to presentation app for teachers and students alike. The chart tools are especially attractive and easy to use: Users can create 2-D, 3-D, and interactive charts within a slide. The only drawback to this feature is that each data point must be entered individually -- there’s no way to cut and paste a data table to a slide. That’s less a critique of this app than a remark on the challenge of producing content on the iPad; some users might find it easier to produce a presentation on a desktop computer. With the right information pre-loaded into the device’s camera roll, however, Keynote is a great option for organizing and presenting content to a wider audience.

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