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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.
We've finished building our Math Lesson in iBooks Author. The next and very important step is to test it on an iPad. So we'll click Preview, and we'll look at each page of the lesson and try out all the interactive elements. We'll also be looking for problems with spacing, typos, images that don't look their best, and so on. So, on this first page I'll try the check widget and that works. I'll test our glossary items, and our other check widget, second glossary item, and third check widget.
The widgets all work, but I don't actually like the way they're sitting on the page, there's some inconsistency about where they're placed in relation to the direction line. So, I'll make a note of that and go back and try to fix that problem. I'll try the Calculator widget, and that works. I'll also check out the Table of Contents, and here I spot another problem. See how the photo is getting cropped? I want to re-crop that so I can see the entire photo. And also I think the spacing, in the text of the title is too tight. I want to spread that out a little bit more. Okay, so I have three things to correct in my file.
I'll go back to iBooks Author, I'll go to the Table of Contents, select the title, go to the Inspector, in the Text Inspector, under Text and we'll set single spacing, down below we'll zoom out a little bit now, we'll re-crop this image. So, I'll select it, I'll click the Mask button in the Format bar to unmask the image and then re-mask it.
Now I can drag it smaller and adjust the mask. That looks good. Next I want to fix the in- consistent spacing of the checkmarks. I'll zoom out again and I'll try to base align them with the text. I'll just use my arrow keys to nudge them down, and put them as close as I can to the word answers. I may have to remove the text wrap too, there's 1, scroll over, move over the checkmark, there's 2, and there's 3.
Now they're nice and consistent. I'll save my work and I think this project is ready to distribute. But there's one more quirk of iBooks Author that we might want to deal with right now. iBooks will open the file to the page that was last edited. So if I distribute this right now, the lesson will open to this page. So, instead I'll select the first page of the lesson and just make a small change in here. I'll just add a space, just enough to edit the file, and save it.
I'll preview again, there my checkmark looks better, and so does the text, and the images on my Table of Contents. Okay, I'd say this is ready to distribute. I'll switch back to iBooks Author. So now we can distribute the file by going to the Share menu, and choosing Send via Mail iBooks for iPad or by going to the Export menu and choosing iBooks. And with that we end our look at Creating a Math Lesson in iBooks Author.
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