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Apple Keynote - Notes


Apple Keynote is a presentation development software. It is an alternative to PowerPoint for Mac users. The notes feature in Apple Keynote is a simple tool for making course material accessible to students. Often, professors use the notes feature for themselves to organize the talking points they want to make about each slide. This information can be shared with students by printing or posting presentations with embedded notes. By providing notes with slides, students can fill in any gaps in their lecture notes.

Instructors can also encourage students to utilize the notes feature for their class presentations. Using the notes feature encourages students to discuss the content of the presentation rather than merely reading the text on slides, and it may prevent slides from becoming overloaded with text. Also, this feature can aid students with organizing their presentations.


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


Instructions on How to Use Apple Keynote's Notes Feature

Please click here to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to using the notes feature in Apple Keynote.

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 creating notes for presentations is very similar across the programs.