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Grouping objects

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We group objects so that we can move and manipulate them as one. Another example of, now let me go ahead and retract Check out your exercise files for a challenge on grouping Whether it's multiple objects that you want to move and resize as

Grouping objects

We group objects so that we can move and manipulate them as one. As a demonstration, I'm going to make an icon for silent reading. So here I've placed 4 different objects onto my screen. I've got the Fall leaves, the words, the text silent reading, and 2 separate butterflies, and I'm going to move those 4 objects together in some kind of formation, so that I can have an icon for silent reading. Let's take this butterfly and move him.

Oh, it's nice that he goes behind the text like that. I kind of like that. And let's take this butterfly and place him over, maybe a little bit higher maybe. How about right about there. Right there, for silent reading. I like that. Ok. When you've created something that you like but it's still 4 separate objects, I'm going to go ahead do what's called a marque select. A marque select is when I'm on the selector tool, and I'm going to go ahead and draw a great big rectangle. That sweeps across all 4 of my objects, and now I can use the drop down menu on any one of those objects.

So I'm going to go ahead and drop down, go to group, and I'm grouping those 4 objects. Now what's really cool is, is now I've made an icon, and that icon can be moved, manipulated, and re-sized as one object. Very cool. Now this is something that I've created, and I've created icons for many different activities in my classroom, because I figure why reinvent the wheel? Why not create it once, store it, and then reuse it? So that's what we're going to do here, is we're going to take this silent reading icon, and we're going to store it in our My Content.

My Content, notice that I went over to the Gallery tab, My Content is a subsection of the entire gallery. It's a place where you can put the items that you have created, and then you can retrieve those items very quickly, for quick access. So I'm going to go ahead and un-deselect that auto-hide button. And now, watch what I'm going to do. I'm going to grab my icon that I created. Drag it across. And I'm just going to drop it right there in my content. And you'll see that it just appeared right there.

And so later on, on a day that I'm doing silent reading. And it doesn't matter what notebook file I have opened because I have access to the same content in my gallery. I just reach over, grab the silent reading icon, and swipe it right on to the page, and I'm ready to go. Another example of, now let me go ahead and retract that gallery tab, another example of grouping content, is pull tabs. Pull tabs are useful because they allow us to put additional information on a page, without actually taking up any real estate on that page.

You could add a tip. A hint, a challenge question, a remediation example, anything you want, and you can let it hang off the edge of the page. Let me pull this pull tab over, so you can see what I'm talking about. What looks like you have 1 object, is actually a tab, that's been connected to some text. So I created text, and then I pulled out a tab out of my gallery, and then I grouped the 2 objects together. It's that simple, and a great example of grouping. And then you can just store that pull tab off the edge of the page.

Now 1 more example. I want to share with you, a page that I created for when I give a test. And I took some time to create this test, and my students see this, this, this page and they tremble in fear, because they know they're about to take a big test, but it's kind of nice that I have all my instructions together in one place, so when I give a test, I don't have to recreate that page. Now, saving a page is a little bit different than saving an icon. With an icon, you saw me drag and drop it into My Content. With a page, it's slightly different. What I'm going to do is I'm going to go up to the page sorter tab, not the gallery tab, the page sorter tab, and I'm going to look to see where the active page is.

Do you see the blue boarder around the active page? Well I'm going to go ahead and drop menu on that page, and the bottom most option is, Add Page to Gallery. So selecting that, plops that page right into my gallery, and I can then retrieve that page, no matter what notebook file I have open, I can retrieve that page, and throw it onto my notebook file. Check out your exercise files for a challenge on grouping to practice the skills that I've just shared with you. Whether it's multiple objects that you want to move and resize as one, an icon that you can quickly bring on the page to give instructions, or a pull tab that has helpful information held off screen, grouping can be a powerful skill for building notebook files.

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