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Video: Controlling interactions with the Property Browser

In our last video we used the property browser in order to add some stylistic changes to various objects. These were all aesthetic changes though and they didn't really impact the way that these objects interact with each other. In this video we're going to take the property browser one step further by adding some interactivity to the various objects that we have created. We are also going to introduce a new browser, which is called the object browser, in fact let's go and start there. You'll remember, at the end of the last video, that I went ahead and I duplicated these three background cages. Each of these objects contains the correct genotype that matches with the box in the front.
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  1. 2m 6s
    1. Welcome
      48s
    2. Using the exercise files
      39s
    3. Using challenges
      39s
  2. 6m 34s
    1. Understanding the Promethean technical setup
      1m 47s
    2. Accessing the Promethean Knowledgebase
      48s
    3. Downloading ActivInspire software and Promethean drivers
      1m 58s
    4. Syncing your computer with your Promethean board
      2m 1s
  3. 28m 55s
    1. Exploring the ActivInspire interface
      4m 32s
    2. Creating new presentations
      2m 7s
    3. Using ActivInspire as a whiteboard
      3m 26s
    4. Annotating over your desktop
      2m 30s
    5. Handwriting and shape recognition
      3m 52s
    6. ActivInspire presentations
      4m 40s
    7. Recording videos
      3m 56s
    8. Challenge: Create a video that demonstrates how to use a website
      39s
    9. Solution: Create a video that demonstrates how to use a website
      3m 13s
  4. 20m 39s
    1. Writing tools
      4m 53s
    2. Annotating presentations
      1m 48s
    3. Math tools
      3m 47s
    4. Adding objects and connectors
      4m 41s
    5. Adding clocks and timers
      2m 56s
    6. Challenge: Create a self-answering, timed quiz question
      34s
    7. Solution: Create a self-answering, timed quiz question
      2m 0s
  5. 37m 22s
    1. Considerations for interactive presentations
      1m 31s
    2. Using the Resource Browser
      4m 9s
    3. Styling objects in the Property Browser
      8m 17s
    4. Controlling interactions with the Property Browser
      6m 30s
    5. Adding property actions
      2m 57s
    6. Drag-and-drop actions
      1m 4s
    7. Using Magic Ink
      4m 33s
    8. Locking items
      3m 21s
    9. Utilizing prometheanplanet.com
      1m 19s
    10. Challenge: Create a button that will save page annotations
      39s
    11. Solution: Create a button that will save page annotations
      3m 2s
  6. 59s
    1. Next steps
      59s

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Promethean interactive whiteboards bring the immediacy of touch to your teaching. Learn the tools and best practices for using one in your classroom, in this course from author and educator Aaron Quigley. Aaron shows how to set up your Promethean board; download ActivInspire, the software that drives Promethean boards; and get started creating new presentations that include video, quizzes, and annotations. He'll also focus on teaching methods that get your students actively involved with the Promethean board, and offer challenges along the way to test their skills.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a Promethean board
  • Syncing your computer with your Promethean board
  • Creating new presentations
  • Annotating over your desktop
  • Recording videos
  • Adding timed quiz questions
  • Controlling interactions in the Property Browser
  • Using Magic Ink
Subject:
Education + Elearning
Software:
ActivInspire
Author:
Aaron Quigley

Controlling interactions with the Property Browser

In our last video we used the property browser in order to add some stylistic changes to various objects. These were all aesthetic changes though and they didn't really impact the way that these objects interact with each other. In this video we're going to take the property browser one step further by adding some interactivity to the various objects that we have created. We are also going to introduce a new browser, which is called the object browser, in fact let's go and start there. You'll remember, at the end of the last video, that I went ahead and I duplicated these three background cages. Each of these objects contains the correct genotype that matches with the box in the front.

I'm going to go ahead and put this one back in place. Now we have six different items that we've drawn, and we also have the clock and the magnifying glass that we've added. So at this point we have eight various items, and it's really important to make sure that we can quickly select and change properties for these items. To view all eight items, I can actually click on the Object Browser. Here, I can see that five of the eight items are on the middle layer, and three of the items are on the top layer. In order to change items between layers, I can literally click on them, and drag them around.

For example, here we have the magnifying glass. If I take the magnifying glass down to the boxes, it goes behind them, that's not what I want. I eventually want this magnifying glass to be on top of absolutely everything, so I'm going to grab the magnifying glass by clicking and holding in the middle layer, and I'm going to drag it all the way up until I see that line appear directly above the top shape. When I release it, I now have that magnifying glass above everything. If I take it back down, it's now on top of all those boxes. The same thing with the icon at the bottom. I'd like it to be at the top of the middle layer.

To do that, I'm going to click on it and drag it all the way up to the top. Now to help us with the names a little bit, I'm going to go ahead and make this objects area a little bit larger. You can see that I've got the revealer one, which is the magnifying glass, and I can figure that out pretty quick. But I only have a couple of the layers actually named. Clicking on any individual object, you can see that object highlighted. Double clicking on it allows you to change its name really quickly. This is the object that goes behind homozygous dominant. So I'm going to go ahead and add the homozygous dominant or two capital Bs indicator as its name.

As I click on shape six, I can see that that's the cage for heterozygous and I'll go ahead and double-click that and add an upper case and a lower case B. Here we title the first box HR for homozygous recessive. I'm going to go ahead and just make these boxes match their names as well. And I'll use HT for Heterozygous. So with a few simple steps we now have everything titled correctly. Let's go and head back to the property browser and talk about how these different objects interact together. Now, you remember in the actual interactive presentation, that we want students to be able to grab one of these cages and lift it straight up.

But notice that they can't move the cage left or right and they can't take it below the box. To do this, we're actually going to limit the ability for this cage to move. And we can limit this down here in the Restrictors area. Now the Restrictors area, where it says Can Move, we have some options here. It can move freely, only vertically, horizontally, along a path, or not at all. What we'd like to do is to go ahead and tell this that it can move along a path, but we need to give it the path for it to move on. To give it a path all we have to do is to add a line as an object. I am going to come back to my object selector, I am going to select a vertical line and I am going to make this line the same color as the cage.

I am going to come down to where that cage is at. I'm going to start directly above the text, which is about the middle of the cage area. I'm going to click and just drag a line that goes up about an inch or so. Now the most important thing is to make sure this line is directly behind the cage that I just created. That why we took the time to label all of those different objects. Let's go back to the object browser. Here I can see the new shape which is the line. In fact I'll go ahead and retitle this line one. And I want line one to be directly behind the Homozygous Recessive, or the bb cage.

So I'll click it, I'll drag it down directly behind bb, and I'll release it. Now let's head back to the property browser, let's use our Selector icon and select that first cage. And then over in the property browser, I'm going to tell the restrictors that this can only move along a path. And I'll click on the three dots to select the path that it's going to move along, which is line one. And I'll go and click OK, I'm going to click back on the main page; nothing selected. Now that particular cage can only move up and down, you can notice that I can't move it left and right, it's moving only along the line or the path that we created.

I can also see that it moves a little bit higher than it needs to move. Well, that's okay. I can simply change that by coming back to my object browser, selecting line one. And I can just simply reduce its height. That means the object won't be able to move as far up. I'm going to click out of it, and I'm going to go ahead and test that. That looks perfect. So now it can move up and down. It still stays slightly behind the box but it's completely hidden when it's in its down position. The next step is I can go ahead and select the line, duplicate the line and move it over behind the next box. I'll do this process one more time.

And then, just to make sure that my lines are all perfectly lined up with one another, I'm going to select all three of them. Making sure that I have the Move icon next to my cursor. I'll right click, select Align. And I'm going to align these line to the top. With all three selected, I'm going to bump them down using my arrow keys, just to make sure they're in the correct position. And that looks perfect. Now at this point I created two new lines but they went back to the top of the middle layer. I am going to come back to my object browser, quickly title this one line two, the one above it I am going to title line three and I will select both of these lines by holding down the Cmd or the Ctrl key and then dragging them down directly behind line number one.

So I can now see that all three lines are behind all three cages that hold the letters. With the lines in their proper place, I can now select the next cage over, which is Homozygous Dominant. Come back to the Property Browser. I can choose to make it move along a path. And I can go ahead and select Line two as its path, click OK. I'll do the same thing quickly for the last cage, it's going to move along a path, and its path is line three, and we'll click OK. So using the property browser, we've now gone through and we've limited the mobility of these particular cages, creating an interactive element for our students to use, on the Promethean board.

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