Going mobile with Keynote
Last Friday I presented a session on Garr Reynolds’ book Presentation Zen at the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching. I thought it went very smoothly and the participants seemed pleased as well. I was a little nervous before the session began. This was my first time presenting from an iPad, not to mention using an iPhone to control the presentation!
In preparing for the conference, I decided to take only an iPad and leave the laptop in my office. This meant I would have to rely on other people’s technology or I use the iPad to present. After some exploring, I discovered that one can control a Keynote presentation using the iPhone app, “Keynote Remote” ($.99).
I use PowerPoint. Nothing against Keynote, I simply never felt the urge to switch. I had the Keynote app on my iPad ($9.99) but not on my desktop, so I quickly bought a copy ($19.99) from Apple’s App Store. I then imported my PowerPoint slides into Keynote – not a problem. I had to tweak a few slides, but there were no major issues. Then I transferred the Keynote file to the iPad. Again, no problem.
I feared that the tricky part was now at hand. In reality, connecting the Keynote Remote app to Keynote on the iPad was very simple. They paired up as a bluetooth connection and could have been simpler. I was able to control the presentation with no problems. The iPhone even displayed my notes, which made my presentation feel more natural than ever.
I will definitely use this method often in the future. It’s much easier to carry around an iPad with a VGA adapter than a laptop! I’m not sure how well the PowerPoint-to-Keynote conversion works for Windows, but you can also build presentations directly on an iPad.