The Keynote Remote app lets you control a Keynote presentation on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch from another IOS device. It is a simple, and flawless application that allows you as a teacher to move around your classroom and have full command of your presentations while you give a dynamic classroom demonstration to your students. Keynote Remote works with your Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth to connect your devices together.
Before I was a Mac fanboy, I was a die hard PC/Microsoft guy. I created massive Power Point files and was very pleased with myself when I became the teacher who didn’t need a VCR because all of my classroom videos were embedded in his classroom slides. The problem with this method was that I was consistently tethered to the computer to change the slide.
I fiddled with a few remotes that I bought at the stores but nothing really worked the way I needed it to. When I made the switch to Mac and started learning Keynote, I found that the Keynote Remote was a thing of beauty. I am a teacher who likes teaching in the moment. As I’m engaging my students I sometimes forget what the next slide is, or what the next talking point will be. With the Keynote Remote, I no longer have to worry about keeping myself in check. The app wirelessly connects with your Keynote program (both Mac and iPad).
On your “remote screen,” you will see the current slide you are working on, and you will see the next slide coming up. It’s one of the best kept secretes in the app store. The app has the ability to start and stop the presentation and it has worked flawless for me.
I recently used it on my music stand as I contacted a concert in a large concert hall. My Macbook was in the back of the hall running a rather detailed presentation that was shown behind the orchestra. Using the Keynote Remote, I was able to know where I was in the concert., The app also is able to show your presenter notes. This was helpful when I needed to turn around and speak to the audience about the next piece on the program. It turned out to be the best teleprompter I could have asked for.
One of the new features of this application is the ability to control Keynote presentations that are given on your iPad or iPhone. There is no more need for you to bring your laptop to your classroom to give a presentation. Simply sync your Keynote file with your iPad and only bring your iPhone with you as well and you have a portable classroom wherever you go. If you use Keynote in your classroom, check out this application.