VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Using Keynote to Empower Multimodal Teaching
Thuy Thi Hieu Tran

Building: A11
Room: 2nd floor Reading Room-A11 Building
Date: 2018-10-12 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


The radical shift from page to screen (Kress, 2010, p. 6) has innovated the definition of literacy. As texts are becoming increasingly multimodal - they communicate to us through graphics, pictures, layout techniques as well as through words,students are now engaging in multimodal literacy practices in their daily lives (Yi & Angay-Crowder, 2016, p.998; Vaish & Towndrow, 2010, p.317). Enhancing students’ learning experience in this 21stcentury, therefore, relates closely to effective integration of various meaning-making modes into education resources. This, without technology, could hardly be realized.

This mini-workshop offers hands-on experience with Keynote by Apple Inc. – a free presentation apps featuring a neat and eye-catchy design. Participants will utilize powerful built-in functions of Keynote to create self-guided, linked presentations which can later be used either traditionally as slideshows in classrooms, or innovatively as tutorials for students in flipped classrooms. To do this, they will follow the instructor’s step-by-step guidance for trimming audio and movie; building an animated Venn diagram; and setting smart transitions. They also learn to turn their iPhone or iPad into a remote control to navigate the slides. A template of this interactive presentation will be made downloadable for participants’ further consultancy.

Evidences from research suggest that presentation tools can be pedagogically effective only when they provide variety and stimulate interest in the learning environment (Clark, 2010; Sugahara & Boland, 2007). The modern user-friendly Keynote apps is one wise choice for teachers to enhance their multimodal literacy teaching practices.


multimodal teaching, Keynote apps, self-guided presentations, interactive presentations