Teaching with Keynote: #4 Dual-coding with Shapes

Learning visuals such as icons, diagrams and images help students remember information. In Keynote students can draw around shapes and add handwritten notes to learn concepts and ideas. Like in the example below, students draw icons to represent key themes in an English text. If students create visuals from memory (without notes), it can also be a great retrieval activity as they are recalling and conceptualising knowledge from memory. Swipe through the images to see how it was made.

Dual-coding is a cognitive psychological approach which means learning via a combination of visual and verbal information. Some traditional classroom methods of dual coding you might recognise include, graphic organisers, infographics, timelines and diagrams. The approach of mind-mapping and sketching out information helps students to learn more effectively. By inserting audio, learning with iPad helps learners articulate their thought process so that they are actively saying out-loud what they know.

Watch my YouTube tutorial on using Keynote shapes and audio to produce learning visuals.

Please get in touch with your Keynote examples - I’d love to see how you’re using visuals in your classroom to maximise learning.

Until next time.