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Layering objects


SMART Board Essential Training

with Steve Blatt

Video: Layering objects

Each object that you add to a page behaves like cards thrown onto a table. With the beaker in the front, it sits nicely on top.

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1h 53m Appropriate for all Jan 30, 2014

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The SMART Board interactive whiteboard, through its touch-sensitive surface, gives you access to all the functions of your computer while presenting to your audience—making it great for teachers and other professionals who need to share different types of material. Join SMART Certified Trainer Steve Blatt as he shows how to use a SMART Board in conjunction with SMART Notebook software to design and organize dynamic presentations. Learn how to connect to your computer, manage objects, insert graphics, and dazzle your audience with reveals.

Topics include:
  • Setting up your hardware
  • Launching SMART Notebook
  • Creating and moving objects
  • Typing text
  • Recognizing handwriting
  • Layering, linking, and locking objects
  • Managing pages
  • Customizing toolbars
  • Adding animation and reveals
Education + Elearning
SMART Notebook
Steve Blatt

Layering objects

Each object that you add to a page behaves like cards thrown onto a table. Let me demonstrate with three objects that I'm going to pull from my, my content folder. First I'm going to pull out a flower, and I'm going to pull out, where is my, there it is, there's my bumble bee. And notice I'm going to put the bumble bee right next to that flower, so you can see how they're overlapping, and I'm going to pull out this butterfly. Notice that the order that I put the three objects onto my page affected the layering of those three objects.

With the most recent object being on top and the first object being on the very bottommost layer. Now, it doesn't matter what order you put things onto the page actually, because you can change the order of objects. I'm going to to show you another example. This time it's going to be using science equipment. In this example, I'm going to put together the equipment so that it all kind of fits together. So I've got this tripod, and I'm going to put this wire gauze on top. But, as you can see, it doesn't really work out very well, because the wire gauze is actually sliding behind the tripod object.

So here's what we're going to do. I'm going to go ahead and select that wire gauze, and I'm going to bring it. I'm going to go order. And I'm going to bring it forward. Let's see how that works now. Oh, that works very nicely. Okay. Next step, let's take the beaker, and let's see if we can get the beaker to sit on top. Now again, we have the same problem. The beaker is actually sliding behind the other two objects. We don't want that. In fact, let's take that beaker and let's bring it all the way to the front. So I'm going to select the beaker, I'm going to go down to the drop-down menu to order, and we're going to bring it to the front.

With the beaker in the front, it sits nicely on top. Last but not least is our Bunsen Burner. We select it, and we see how it is in relationship to the other objects. Now, it is actually moving in front of the legs of the tripod, and I don't want that. And the flame is in front of other objects as well. I want to move that Bunsen Burner back in its layering. So I'm going to go ahead and select it. Drop down menu, go to order, and let's just move it back one layer and see how that works.

So we're going to go ahead and send backward. No, still in front of that. Let's send it backward again. Order > Send Backward. Very nicely. And so we've put together our science equipment exactly the way we wanted it. In your exercise files, I've created a challenge for you, where you can put the following flowers in order with the flower number one being on the top layer. Notice that there's a flower number four, a flower number two. There's the flower number one and the flower number three.

You are going to rearrange the order of those flowers. As your constructions become more sophisticated and you start to use objects in front of other objects. Whether for aesthetic purposes or for function, you will discover that you'll want to layer those objects.

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