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Apple Keynote - Audio Narrations


Apple Keynote is a presentation development software. It is an alternative to PowerPoint for Mac users. Recording audio narrations is a feature of Apple Keynote. You can record a narration before or during a presentation. If narration is recorded during a presentation, the audience's comments will be included in the narration along with the presenter's.

The benefits of multimedia instructional materials for students with diverse abilities and needs are significant. For some students with cognitive disabilities, particularly those with short-term memory issues, the opportunity to hear the instructor's comments and/or lectures repeatedly aids in content understanding and memory recall.

Note: To record and hear a narration, your computer must be equipped with a sound card, microphone, and speakers.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to the audio narrations feature of Apple Keynote.


Instructions on How to Use Apple Keynote's Audio Narrations Feature

Please click here to download a pdf of the instructional guide to Apple Keynote's Audio Narrations feature.


For additional information on guidelines for quality and accessibility, please visit the following resources:

Audio Quality Standards:

PDF downloadhttp://www.lehman.edu/faculty/hoffmann/itc/techteach/audio/Audio_guidelines.html
PDF downloadhttp://www.lehman.edu/faculty/hoffmann/itc/techteach/audio/audiotechinfo.html
PDF downloadhttp://www.lehman.edu/faculty/hoffmann/itc/techteach/audio/Audio_on_your_computer.html

Audio Accessibility Guidelines:

PDF downloadhttp://www.usa.gov/webcontent/accessibility/508compliant-and-accessible-multimedia.shtml

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Apple iWork Suite

Apple Keynote Technical Requirements for Mac’s Only:

  • Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (500MHz or faster) processor
  • 512MB of RAM; 1GB recommended
  • 32MB of video memory
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11 or Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later
  • QuickTime 7.5.5 or later
  • 1.2GB of available disk space
  • DVD drive required for installation

Go to http://www.apple.com/iwork/download-trial/ to download a 30 day free trial of Apple iWork suite (includes Apple Keynote, Numbers, and Pages).


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A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Apple Keynote may be an effective way to avoid the compatibility issues that sometimes present themselves when using Microsoft Office on Apple computers. The process of recording narrations for presentations is very similar across the programs.