Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a lesson from Microsoft Word, part of iBooks Author for Teachers: Creating a Math Lesson.
To create your Math Lesson you could start from scratch and write directly in iBooks author. But if you already have content in Microsoft Word including math equations, you probably want to use that as your starting point. So, let's begin by looking at the process of creating a project from Microsoft Word. Here's my Word document and we'll just take a quick look at the lesson. So, we begin telling the students what they'll learn, we have a little readiness check, we have the key concepts Using Division to Solve Equations, and Using Multiplication to Solve Equations, Examples, and an Exercise set.
So, let's bring all this into iBooks Author. I'll choose File>New from Template Chooser and then in the Template Chooser I'm going to select from the Portrait Only category, the Modern Basic template. I'll save my project. I'll just save it on the desktop, and I'll give it a name. Then on the left, I'll click on Book Title. I'll add that same title. I'll add the name of my school. And now let's replace this cover image of the sea turtle.
I'll switch over to the Exercise Files and in the Exercise Files folder for this lesson you'll find an image called cover.jpg. Lets just drag and drop that right on top of the turtle. And we need to change the mask a little bit, because the image is getting cut off here at the top. So, I'll click on Edit Mask, and just drag that center control handle up just a little bit. Now let's get rid of the default pages with the placeholder text these ones down here, because we don't need them.
So, I'll just click once to select all of them and press Delete, I'll switch back to the Exercise Files and drag and drop my Microsoft Word document right into the iBooks Authors file. I have to choose a layout, I'll scroll down and I'll choose Chapter Photo & Text, and I will Preserve my document paragraph styles, because I used styles in Microsoft Word. I'll click Choose and I'll zoom out just a little bit so we can see the whole page.
Next I'll make sure I have the proper layouts that I want. So, I'll click on the triangle on the left side, and I do want Chapter Photo & Text for the first page. But for the following pages, I want 1 Column Sidebar. So, I'll select that, and again. So, I have one main column and a narrower sidebar. Notice the title of the Microsoft Word document came in as the title of the lesson and let's replace this turtle again.
So, back to the Exercise Files, there's an image called balance.jpg, let's grab that and drop it on top of the turtle. So, the image is getting a little cut off here on the left side, and normally I could drag the slider to the left to resize the image a little bit, but in this case I can't. If you come across this situation just unmask the image and then mask it again. You can press the Mask button in the Format bar or you can just press cmd + shift + m to unmask, and then re- mask, and then you can drag the control handles to crop the image as you would like. That looks pretty good.
Next I want to fix my title, because it's actually getting cut off here. You can see the plus sign (+) at the bottom of the text box, indicating there is extra text here. First I'll select the photo because this photo is causing text wrap, I'll go to the Inspector, to the Wrap Inspector, and deselect Object causes wrap. So, that's not going to force the text away when I open up this text box. I'll drag down and I can see the dash one (-1) that iBooks Author sometimes adds to the titles.
I'll delete that and I'll also select all of this text it's a little bit tight there. So to add some spacing I'll go to the Text Inspector and I'll increase my Line spacing to Single spacing. Next, let's cut these three paragraphs of text down below the photo, the part about in this lesson you will learn, cut them. I'll select the placeholder text, and paste. Again, we'll click and drag to open up the text box a little bit, and let's format these.
Put my cursor in the first paragraph, and I'll use my Paragraph Styles in the Format bar, and for this paragraph I'll use the Dedication paragraph style. I'll also open my Paragraph Styles drawer, just so I can see all my styles. And it's important to do this, because now I can see if there are overrides to the paragraph style definition. In this case, there are. So, I'll click on that red triangle and choose Revert to Defined Style, and that makes the text a little bit bigger. Exactly, what the Dedication paragraph style calls for.
Next I'll select the other two paragraphs, and for these I'll use Heading 3. Again, I'll remove the overrides by choosing Revert to Defined Style and I'd like to make these bulleted items. First, I'll actually zoom in so we can see them a little bit better. Let's zoom in to about 200% and scroll over. So, we'll go to our List Styles and we'll click on Bullet and we'll delete the extra paragraph that we don't need. And these bullets are pretty small and hard to see, so let's put something a little bit more visible.
I'll go to the Inspector, Text Inspector, List and then in Bullets & Numbering, I can pick a different bullet. How about a checkmark? That looks better. And let's put a little bit more space between the checkmark and the text. So, I'll increase the Text Indent, and let's actually change the color of this text to make it stand out a little bit more. So, I'll select it all and in the Format bar I'll pick a different color.
Let's zoom back out and take a look at this page. That's looking pretty good so far. We've brought in our content, we have a nice image, we formatted our title, and our little opening paragraph about what we'll learn in this lesson and we also formatted our cover. Next, we'll continue by taking a look at how too format two columns of numbered examples.