Player One.

Next stop on the map is Fantasy Realm and more particularly the Hall of The Mountain King.

A hall filled with iconic arcade games combined with the latest and newest gadgets that technology has to offer these days. One item stands out: The Dream Weaver.

This is a storytelling machine with you in control of the storyline. Add scenes, characters, monsters and narrate the whole thing together.

Ready player one?

Endless possibilities go through my head by combining these two apps.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open Keynote and start from a blank new template.

Delete any of the remaining text boxes.

Then tap on the plus sign at the upper right hand corner and go to the Shapes library. Find a shape you like to tell your story. Add it to the slide.

TIP: Try using the guide lines to center your shape and keep it towards the bottom of the slide. Envision a virtual square over your slide and stay within its perimeter. This will help you later on when you are using AR Makr.

Change the look and feel of your shape by selecting it and then tapping on the paintbrush. Have a look at the style section.

Add a blank new slide by tapping on the plus sign at the bottom left hand corner.

Repeat these steps until you have enough objects to tell your story.

Next tap on the background to make sure that this is selected. Then tap on the paintbrush and go to Background. Set the filling to No Fill. This will help us create objects with a transparent background.

Our work in Keynote is done, so time to export these storytelling objects. Go ahead and tap on the three dots in the upper right hand corner.

Select Export and choose Images.

Then select PNG from the options and save them all in your Photo Library.

TIP: Make sure the Slide Range is set to All Slides.

Check Photos to see if all your images made it and if they are with a transparent background.

Now it’s time to add the augmented reality layer.

Open AR Makr and start a new scene by tapping on the plus sign.

Next we have to find a playing field. Move your iPad to find a surface. Think about the lighting.

Once you have found an ideal location, tap where you would like the scene.

Scene is set, so the characters and objects are next. Tap on New. Then tap on the folder icon and select your image.

TIP: Make sure your setting in the lower bar is set to the flat icon.

Repeat this step for all the other icons.

With you library of characters and backgrounds at your disposal, you can start placing them in your scene.

Tap on an object and find a place in your scene. You can pinch it to make it either bigger or smaller. When you are happy with it location in the scene, tap on Place.

Do the same thing to add all the other objects.

Once your scene is set, tap on the video icon and record your story.

Going Further.

Take you goggles off again and return to the world of now.

This is one of the activities that educators can participate in during The Playground at FETC and TCEA.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Apple Teacher

Everyone Can Code

Everyone Can Create

Have fun!


Kurt Klynen

Kurt is an educator who started his educational career 18 years ago. Nowadays he develops learning experiences and teacher support materials that are simple and elegant using Apple technology, tools, and apps to improve engagement and outcomes. He loves building and delivering technology-based instructional materials, curriculum, or professional learning programs for educators and education institutions.
Kurt is a passionate educator and inspiring speaker.

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