Heads Up Game with Keynote

Heads Up Keynote Art

Heads Up Keynote ArtLast summer when I attended the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Institute in Austin, Chris McGee introduced me to an App called Heads Up.  If you’ve never played, it is a fast paced game where the “guesser” holds the iPad up to their forehead and as a word appears on the screen, the other players try to help the “guesser” figure out the word. Once the correct answer is given the player can progress to the next word and so on. We had so much fun playing it that we figured there must be a way to make this game work in the classroom.  When I mentioned the idea to fellow ADE Casey Veatch, he brilliantly said – how about Keynote?   Yes!  All the student would have to do to progress to the next slide was tap the screen.

I set up a simple Keynote with a each slide holding a different vocabulary word and image.  Everyone participated and everyone learned.  Here is a video of my students playing the game.

If you would like to download a few of my Heads Up Keynotes to modify for your curriculum, you can do so here. (Please note that the images used were found online and used for educational purposes only).

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!

1 Comment

  • June 13, 2014

    Pablo Diaz

    Very creative! I will be passing this along. I love how engaged all of your students were and the value of the activity created a sense of happiness and volunteerism. Way to go!

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