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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.
At the start of our project we chose a one column layout with a sidebar area for additional content. Now it's time to use that sidebar area by putting key terms in it and making them glossary items. So here on the second page of our math lesson, we have a lot of formatting work to do. So let's start right at the top up, I'll put my cursor in the first paragraph. And I see its styled as heading 1 and this is the heading 1 that came in with the Microsoft Word document. I can tell that by the lowercase h in the heading 1 style, the one with the capital H that's the iBooks author style.
I want to get rid of this style and apply Heading 1 from iBooks Author. So I'll click on the triangle, I'll choose Delete Style, and replace it with the iBooks Author version of Heading 1. Then I'll again, click on the triangle choose Select All Uses, and one more time Revert to Defined Style. Then I'll move on to the next paragraph, which is styled as Normal, again a Microsoft Word style, and one that I want to get rid of. I'll choose Delete Style.
I'll replace it with Body. In this case I can't select Revert to Defined Style, because if I do I'll lose all these instances where text has been bolded. And I don't want to lose those, so I'm not going to revert to the defined style. However I will select all uses and I'll correct the point size up here in the Format bar. It should be 17 point not 14, and when I did that, my two fractions from the first page came back. So let's go back to the first page and open up that text box just a little bit.
I'll pull down the Are You Ready? Move over the checkmark, and we should be good. Now I'd like these bold items to stand out a little bit more, so I'm going to apply a color, and then save that as part of a character style. So I'll double-click to select inverse operations. I'll hold down the Command key on my keyboard to add to that selection, and I'll also select Division Property of Equality, still holding down the Command key. I'll apply the Emphasis character style, and up in the Format bar I'll change the color.
Now I want this color to become part of the Emphasis character style, so I can redefine the style by clicking on the red triangle and choosing Redefine Style from Selection. So now wherever I apply the Emphasis character style it will use this color. Now to use our sidebar, it's right here in a separate text box with some placeholder text in it. And what I want is the Division Property of Equality to be highlighted out here in the sidebar, so it gets plenty of attention. I'll triple click to select that paragraph, cut it, double-click to select the placeholder text, and paste.
Notice the rule that got added below the paragraph, that's because of the paragraph return. If I delete that, the rule will disappear. I'll select the sidebar box, and move it up little. And now, to make this a glossary term; first I'll select the definition and copy it, then I'll select the term itself, I'll right-click or ctrl + click and choose Create Glossary Term from Selection. I'll click on it to jump to the Glossary, and here's my new Glossary item.
Now I can select the placeholder text, and paste in that definition that I copied. At the bottom of the glossary I can use this link to jump back to the page, where I have my sidebar. Notice also that when I applied the glossary term, I have this character style Glossary Primary, that's been applied. So it's overridden my Emphasis character style, so I just want to re-apply that to get my color back. Let's make another sidebar. Let's find the Multiplication Property of Equality, right here, triple click to select it, cut it, click inside this sidebar and paste, again delete that extra paragraph return, select the definition and copy, select the term, right-click or ctrl + click and choose Create Glossary Term, then click on the term to jump to the glossary, click once to select the placeholder text, and paste over it.
Now these terms are definitely related, so I want to make sure that they appear for each other down here in the Related Glossary Terms. So I'll drag the Division Property of Equality down here. Now when I view either one, students will see the other term and be able to click on it to see the definition. Let's jump back, and I just need to apply my Emphasis character style. Make sure I get that colon (:) too. Here we go.
In this movie, we continued to build our lesson formatting text and adding sidebar elements for key terms, linking them to our glossary and each other.
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