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iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Math Lesson
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Adding answers


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iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Math Lesson

with Mike Rankin

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In a printed math lesson, you can give students access to the answers to math questions directly on the page or in a different part of the book. You can use either of these approaches in iBooks Author and make them interactive using the Glossary feature or a Pop-Over widget. So here at the start of my project, I have the Are You Ready? section with four quick examples for students to try. And with my cursor after the last one, I'll just tap the down arrow key on my keyboard to jump to the top of the next page where I can see the answers that came in with the Microsoft Word document.

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iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Math Lesson
54m 22s Intermediate Mar 21, 2013

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Learn how to create a full-length, interactive math lesson with a glossary, equations, illustrative charts and graphs, and a section that tests your students on what they've learned. This course builds on the lessons in iBooks Author for Teachers: Fundamentals and shows teachers how to leverage their existing math material and present it in an engaging digital way. Author Mike Rankin shows you how to import text from Microsoft Word, format your pages, add images and hyperlinks, and even add a useful calculator widget so students can perform calculations right inside the lesson.

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Mike Rankin

Adding answers

In a printed math lesson, you can give students access to the answers to math questions directly on the page or in a different part of the book. You can use either of these approaches in iBooks Author and make them interactive using the Glossary feature or a Pop-Over widget. So here at the start of my project, I have the Are You Ready? section with four quick examples for students to try. And with my cursor after the last one, I'll just tap the down arrow key on my keyboard to jump to the top of the next page where I can see the answers that came in with the Microsoft Word document.

I'd like to make these answers available to students and one approach we can use is to put these in a glossary part of our project to separate them from the rest of the content on the page, like the answers at the back of a printed book. So, what I can do is select these, and for now I'll just copy them. I'll tap the up arrow key again to jump back to the bottom of the first page, and I'll click and select the Are You Ready? heading. Then I can right-click or ctrl + click to get a contextual menu where I can choose to create a glossary term from the selection.

Then I can tap that term, and jump to the glossary. So, now I have the glossary heading Are You Ready. I can click on the placeholder text and paste in those answers. Down at the bottom, there's a link back to the lesson, that'll jump us back here. So that's one approach. Another approach is to put the answers right on the page with a little tappable widget called a Pop-Over. So let's try that. I'll zoom out a bit, and go up to the Widgets menu, and choose Pop-Over.

The Pop-Over consists of two parts; at the bottom a place where I can drag in an image, and at the top of place where I can drag in text or images. This is the part that will appear when the student taps on the image in the lower part. So first, let's put in the image. I'll switch to the finder, and in the Exercise Folder for this lesson, there is a file called checkmark.png. I'll drag and drop that in, and there's our checkmark. So this is what the student will tap to reveal this element.

And for this, we'll put the answers in. Go over to the second page and select them, and this time I'll cut them. Double-click on the pop-over, double-click inside, and paste. I'll style, these all as Body. And I'd like to work on the formatting a little bit. I'd like these numbers to be bold so they stand out a little bit from the answers, just so it's a little clearer. First, I'll bold the word Answers itself, and center it.

I'd like to add some bold to the numbers here, so they stand out a little bit from the answers themselves, just to make them a little more readable. I'll remove the manual numbering and apply a List Style. Then I'll apply some bold formatting and create a new paragraph style. So down at the bottom of the Styles panel, Create Paragraph Style from Selection. I'll call it Answers, and click OK. Now to remove the bold from the numbers themselves, I need to create a character style I can apply on top of this to make them plain.

So I'll remove the bold, create a new character style that I'll call Plain Text. I'll click OK. Now I just need to re-apply the Answers paragraph style by reverting to defined style, and then apply my Plain Text character style to the answers themselves. So now I have bold numbers and plain answers. Let's click and resize the Answers pop-up a little bit, it doesn't need to be so wide.

I'll click on the checkmark itself, it doesn't need to be so big, and move it down here. I'll also add to the direction line so students know they can tap the checkmark. Double-click to test it, and there we go. So in this movie, we saw two approaches for making answers to questions available to students via the Glossary feature and an interactive element called a Pop-Over Widget.

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