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iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Math Lesson
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Working with numbered examples


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iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Math Lesson

with Mike Rankin

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So far we've gotten our project off to a strong start by bringing our Microsoft Word content into a great-looking template. Now we're going to continue by working on the formatting of the text on our first page including some direction lines and columns of numbered examples. First, think I want to do is just to finish the formatting up here at the top in the In This Lesson You Will Learn section. I just don't like the large amount of space going on under the heading, and I'd like a little more space between the two bulleted examples here. So, I'll put my cursor in the first paragraph, I'll go to the Text Inspector and in the Text tab I'm going to remove the space after the paragraph, just by dragging the slider down.

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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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Working with numbered examples

So far we've gotten our project off to a strong start by bringing our Microsoft Word content into a great-looking template. Now we're going to continue by working on the formatting of the text on our first page including some direction lines and columns of numbered examples. First, think I want to do is just to finish the formatting up here at the top in the In This Lesson You Will Learn section. I just don't like the large amount of space going on under the heading, and I'd like a little more space between the two bulleted examples here. So, I'll put my cursor in the first paragraph, I'll go to the Text Inspector and in the Text tab I'm going to remove the space after the paragraph, just by dragging the slider down.

Then I'll put my cursor in the second paragraph and I'll use that same slider, and actually add a little bit of space this time about 8 points just to space those out a little bit more evenly. Next, I'm going to change the vertical alignment inside the text box. I'll click on the center button in the Color & Alignment section to center align this text inside this box. I want it basically center aligned with the title of the lesson. And the next thing I want to do is extend this little vertical line here.

So, I'll click once to select it, and notice the little X's at the top and the bottom, that means it's currently locked. So, I can't click and drag it, nothing will happen. What I need to do first is click on it once to select it, as I just did, and go to the Arrange menu, and choose Unlock. Now I can hold down the Shift key to constrain this so it remains a perfectly vertical line, and drag down a bit. I'll deselect. In the View menu I'll choose Hide Layout Boundaries just so I can see it without the boxes in the way.

Let's go down to the bottom of the page and start working on these numbered examples. I'll zoom in a bit, and we'll start with the Are You Ready? heading. If I look at my Paragraph Styles panel, I can see that this text is using the heading 2 style that came in from Microsoft Word. I'd actually like it to use this Heading 2 style with the capital H that's the iBooks Author Heading 2 Style. So, what I am going to do is select Heading 2 from Microsoft Word and I'm going to delete that style, because I know I don't want to use it anywhere in my lesson.

iBooks Author asks me what I want to replace it with, I'll choose the iBooks Author Heading 2 style, I'll choose Replace, and then I'll remove any overrides by choosing Revert to Defined Style. So, now I just have the plain Heading 2 style, and in fact I'll do that throughout the document while I'm here. So, again I'll go to that menu, Select All Uses of Heading 2, and since this isn't red, I know there are no more overrides. Now for these examples I want the direction lines to run straight across the page in one column, and I want the examples to be set in two columns.

So, what I'm actually going to do is create a separate text box just for the direction lines. To be able to see what I'm doing a little bit better, I'll go back up to the View menu and turn on Show Layout Boundaries again, then I'll click on the edge of the text box, and I can see this little blue triangle at the top left. If I click that and then click and drag, I can create a linked text box. I'll drag it so it goes the full width, and close it up a little bit. So, now this direction line text can run right across the page, and I can work with these columns separately.

Right now the numbering of these examples goes vertically. So, I have 1, 2, 3 and then 4, and what I really want is I want 1 on the left, then 2 on the right, 3 on the left, and then 4 on the right. For that I actually need to remove this two column layout and make it a single column text box, and then use tabs to space out my examples. So, again I'll select the text box, I'll go to the Inspector and click on the Layout tab, and I'll reduce the number of columns from 2 to 1.

I'll select these examples and I'll remove the list style by clicking None in the List Styles. I'm going to actually have to provide the numbering myself manually. I'll put my cursor to the left of the first example, type 1 period (.) and a space, then I'll click to the right of the example, and press tab, then 2 period (.) space. I'll put my cursor to the left of the second example, and press Delete. So, now I have one line of text with the first two examples.

I'll repeat the process for number 3 and number 4. First I have to remove the List Style from this one, by clicking None and again I'll put my cursor to the left, I'll press 3 period (.) space, put my cursor to the right, press tab, 4 period (.) space and then bring that last example up. Next, I'd like to space these out a bit, so 2 and 4 appear in the middle of the column, for that I need to adjust the tabs.

So, I'll select both paragraphs, I'll go to the Text Inspector, click on Tabs, and I'll add a Tab Stop. The width of this text box right now is 688 points. So, I need to divide that by 2 to get a Tab Stop right in the middle. So, that would be 344 points. So, I'll click plus (+), double- click to change this number, 344, and I'll leave it as left aligned. Next I want to create a Paragraph Style for these examples.

Right now they're styled with List Paragraph, which came in with the Microsoft Word document. I am going to go ahead and delete that and replace it with Body. Next, I'd like the numbers to stand out a little bit more from the math so I'm going to Bold them, and finally I'll create a new paragraph style. I'll call it 2 column math and I'll have Apply this new style on creation selected. I'll click OK, and there I have my two columns of examples.

In this movie the content of our lesson began to take shape as we started to format direction lines and columns of numbered examples. Next we'll take a look at how to deal with some issues that may arise with the formatting of our math content, and devise a way to solve equation alignment problems, like the ones I see right here.

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