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Computational Thinking with Keynote

EdTech Hub team member, Adam Chase, has written an Article about using Keynote to create engaging Cinegraphics which are fun to make in class and simple to make too. This covers Computational Thinking, which is an area of the Computing Curriculum, as the Programme of Study shows:

Computing Curriculum Purpose of study

  • A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
  • The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

One of the areas of Computational Thinking is Abstraction, and this is a simple and cheap way of doing this for schools and I have found it with Keynote.

What is it?

Through the process of abstraction, a programmer hides all but the relevant data about an object in order to reduce complexity and increase efficiency (Margaret Rouse, Tech Target, 2018).


This is a nice, simple activity to teach part of Computing Curriculum, children’s understanding of computational thinking and how I.T works is believed to be the most under taught part of the computing curriculum and this can be helped by enjoyable and engaging activities like this.


Keynote has the ability to add icons directly in the app, no app smashing required, don’t get me wrong I love app smashing but it does help to keep things simple. Adam has made a full video on how he made a Film plot picture (Cinegraphic). He chose to make his from a small portion of Harry Potter, when Voldemort visits the Potters at Godric’s Hollow. Please note this is a very comprehensive video:

Cinegraphics are very interesting to make and the good thing is this activity would work from EYFS to KS4, just adapt the film/book and add complexity to the graphic.

Thanks for Reading,

EdTech Hub Team