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Working with your notes

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We talked about how written text can be manipulated.

Working with your notes

We talked about how written text can be manipulated. Well, objects can be manipulated in a similar way. Take for example, this answer key icon that I created for my math Notebooks. I went with the Selector tool, I'm going to go ahead and select that object and that just means tap that object. When the object is selected, you'll see that the rotate handle. Just like with written text when it's selected, appears. The resize handle appears. And this is, this is not a picture. This is a real thing. So the resize handle appears.

And we also have this Drop-down menu. Now, the Drop-down menu is great. And when in doubt, when there's something that you want to do and you're not sure how to do it. Go to the Drop-down menu, because it's usually the solution. In this case, I'm going to use the Drop-down menu to clone that object and I often when I create an object and I want multiple of those objects on one page, I will clone that object. So, I'm going to go ahead and hit Clone. And cloning is essentially copying and pasting all at once. And so now you'll see that I have two objects on the page. And then I'm going to do something called marquee select.

Marquee select is when I use my Selector tool and I draw a great big rectangle around both objects. So, if I wanted to select both of these objects, maybe I want to move them, maybe I want to to delete them, maybe I want to clone them. I've selected or maybe I want to apply some kind of property to both objects. I can select both objects using the marquee select. Very, very cool tool. And then I can move those objects around as one, very, very nice. Now, we talked about adding ink and so we better talk about how to remove ink.

Otherwise, you're going to have Notebooks full of ink and you don't know how to get rid of them. So, the easiest way to remove ink is to pick up the eraser that you have as part of your SMART Notebook or your SMART Board, rather. Just pick up the eraser and it automatically recognizes that the eraser is the tool in your hand and you can erase using the eraser. Now, I generally don't pick up the eraser though, because I don't want to have multiple things in my hand and I usually always have a pen in my hand. Even though I can write with my finger. I generally have a pen in my hand, but I like to use the Eraser tool that's on the Tools panel.

And so, I'm going to go ahead and select that Eraser tool and I have three different sizes that I can use. If I want a very small erasure, then I will use the small Erase tool. Let me show you how that works. So, it only erases a very small swath. Through the ink, but if I want to use a great big eraser, I will do great big erasing like that. Now, with the eraser there are a couple of tricks that I get to share with you one is the, the semi-circle. If I want to erase a semi-circle, so maybe I want to erase only the stuff over here.

Or I can draw a semi-circle and then tap, and it erases everything in that semi-circle. If I wanted to do another semi-circle facing a different direction, it works just the same. And if I want to erase all the ink and I'm going to leave a little bit of a section on purpose, but if I want to erase a big big circle of ink. All I have to do is draw a big circle and tap in the middle. And that erases a circle of ink. Pretty cool. But I'll tell you something the erasing that I do. And I do plenty of adding ink and plenty of removing ink.

The erasing I do usually, is we've done all kinds of math work on the page. And I've got one class leaving and the next class coming in. And I just want to, I want to just remove the ink annotations that I've made to the page. And so what I like to do, is I like to use this cool Clear all Ink button that I added to my actions palette. And so, I'll go ahead and just click that button. And it's as if someone came through and erased all the ink for me. Now, objects are not ink.

And that's one of those things that's a little bit hard to, to think about. But, so if I took my eraser and I tried to erase these guys, well, they're objects. They're not ink. They're objects that I added through my tools palette. I just went and I added objects like a rectangle here or an oval there. And that's how you would add an object. But I can't erase these objects. And so what I'm going to do, is I'm going to use my Selector tool and I'm going to do a great big marquee select. I have selected one, two, three, four, five, all these objects over here I have selected.

If I want to delete them, I can Drop-down menu and I can delete. Or would my preference is to go to the Actions toolbar and just hit that X right there. And, that x just removes said object. Now, before I remove these other objects, I want to show you that objects can be moved like this and they can also be moved with a flicking motion. And so, if you have an object that you want to flick in a certain place. And they even bounce off the walls so that you can have some fun flicking and moving objects.

Now, the last thing I get to demonstrate is handwriting recognition. This is a great tool. Because, you're up in front of your class and someone comes up with a brilliant idea and you want to add it to the page. And you want it to look like something that is important. Well, what I do then, is I write it instead of running over to my keyboard, I'm going to write it with my hand. But we're going to use handwriting recognition. To give it the importance that it deserves. So for example, if I want to use, if I want to write the word history and I notice I'm using a red pen to write the word history, notice I do not have the best handwriting.

So, I will go to my Selector tool, I will select that object by tapping on it. And I'm going to go ahead and Drop-down menu and you'll notice that the top of the Drop-down menu is the word, is the option to recognize history. When I do that, it converts my text into typed text. So my, it converts my handwriting into typed text, which is really cool and it tries to match the size and the color of the handwriting that was used. Now, I can resize that word History.

So, instead of trying to type something sometimes, I'll just write it up on my screen and quickly recognize. It will recognize complete sentences. So you are not limited, to just words. These skills that I've talked about, the cloning, the erasing, the moving an object, the deleting an object and the handwriting recognition, these are some basic commands that you'll be using on a regular basis. If you want to continue your learning, you can go to the exercise files for this movie, I've left you a challenge document for you to experiment with.

Now, don't get frustrated, the more you play around, the more you practice, the more you`re going to learn.

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