US Puzzles Tutorial
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US Puzzles Tutorial

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US Puzzles TutorialNote: This tutorial requires that you have installed IntelliPics Studio 3. Authoring featuresnecessary to complete this tutorial are not available when using IntelliPics Studio 3 Player.Copyright 2003, IntelliTools, Inc.Copyright Notice© 2003, IntelliTools, Inc. All rights reserved. The distribution and sale of this software and manual are authorized forthe original purchaser only. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of federal copyright law. Images that appear inClassroom Suite may not be used in any commercial application without the prior consent of IntelliTools, Inc.Trademarks and AcknowledgmentsIntelliTools (and logo), IntelliKeys, IntelliMathics, IntelliPics, IntelliTalk (and logo), Overlay Maker (and logo),SwitchIt!, and ClickIt! are registered trademarks of IntelliTools, Inc. All other IntelliTools product names and logosare trademarks of IntelliTools, Inc. Other companies’ brand names, product names (including Windows, Macintosh,QuickTime, and Adobe Reader), and logos mentioned herein are registered trademarks, trademarks, or brandnames of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.CreditsClassroom Suite was produced through the collaborative efforts of many staff members at IntelliTools, including(alphabetically): Kacey Arnold, Jeremy Bolan, Ann Brundige, Virginia Burt, Ben Cushman, Beth Davis, Erik Eisen,Suzanne Feit, Chris Finley, Linda Finley, Dale Goetsch, Michelle Graham, Sean Hamilton, Paula Irons, Bobbi ...

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US Puzzles Tutorial
Note: This tutorial requires that you have installedIntelliPics Studio 3. Authoring features necessar y to complete this tutorial are not available when usingIntelliPics Studio 3 Player.
Copyright 2003, IntelliTools, Inc.
Copyright Notice © 2003, IntelliTools, Inc. All rights reser ved. The distribution and sale of this software and manual are authorized for the original purchaser only. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of federal copyright law. Images that appear in Classroom Suite may not be used in any commercial application without the prior consent of IntelliTools, Inc.
Trademarks and Acknowledgments IntelliTools (and logo), IntelliKeys, IntelliMathics, IntelliPics, IntelliTalk (and logo), Overlay Maker (and logo), SwitchIt!, and ClickIt! are registered trademarks of IntelliTools, Inc. All other IntelliTools product names and logos are trademarks of IntelliTools, Inc. Other companies’ brand names, product names (including Windows, Macintosh, QuickTime, and Adobe Reader), and logos mentioned herein are registered trademarks, trademarks, or brand names of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
Credits Classroom Suitewas produced through the collaborative efforts of many staff members at IntelliTools, including (alphabetically): Kacey Arnold, Jeremy Bolan, Ann Brundige, Virginia Burt, Ben Cushman, Beth Davis, Erik Eisen, Suzanne Feit, Chris Finley, Linda Finley, Dale Goetsch, Michelle Graham, Sean Hamilton, Paula Irons, Bobbi Keene, Arjan Khalsa, Patty Kilroy, Jez Lickter, Dave Magliocco, Kathie Maltby, Ed Murphy, Philip Nittenberg, Ann Olsen, Meida Pang, Aakash Patel, Kathleen Post, Jennifer Ray, Lucinda Ray, Alan Rhody, David Robertshaw, Fred Ross-Perr y, Chris Santeramo, Scott Schafer, Lisa Sheean, Karen Sheehan, Michelle Shelfer, Caroline Van Howe, John Van Straalen, Byron Wilkes, Mar y Ann Zapalac.
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US Puzzles Tutorial
Introduction
InstantActivity Kits Classroom Suiteincludes 30 instant-activity kits. Each kit includes an Activity ready for students to use, a Template ready for teachers to create additional similar activities quickly, and a PDF file of this tutorial.
US Puzzles The US Puzzles instant-activity kit includes the US Puzzle Capitol activity, the US Puzzles Template, and a PDF file of this tutorial. You can find these components by opening the Social Studies Templates folder and then the US Puzzles folder in the New area of Classroom Suite.
The US Puzzles Template enables you to create simple puzzle activities with social studies content for students. The activities are suitable for young students, including switch users. The template includes six different backgrounds (White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol, Mt. Rushmore, Map of USA) and a variety of clip art for animations, so you can create many customized puzzle activities for your students.
In this tutorial, you will start by exploring the US Puzzle Capitol activity. Later in the tutorial, you will learn to create customized puzzle activities, using the US Puzzles template.
Universal Design The activities you create using the US Puzzle Template andClassroom Suiteare designed for all students, including those with physical or cognitive disabilities.
Create a Folder for Your New Activities When you use this template, you will be creating new activities for your students to use. To organize these activities, you will want to create your own folder in the Activities area ofClassroom Suite. 1. At the Navigation Screen, click the Activities button. Click the New Folder button on the right side of the screen. A dialog box will ask you to name the folder. Give it the name of one of your classes (e.g., Mrs. Smith’s Class).
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Open the US Puzzles Template (page 3). When you complete your work with the template and click the Finish Activity button, the Save As Activity dialog box appears. Name your new activity, select the folder in which you want to place your work, and click OK. Your new activity will now be available for you to assign to students.
This tutorial requires that you have installed IntelliPics Studio 3. Authoring features necessar y to complete this tutorial are not available when using theIntelliPics Studio 3 Player.
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Part 1: Exploring the US Puzzle Capitol Activity
Students click the screen to assemble a puzzle with social studies content and view an animation on the completed puzzle. US Puzzle Capitol is a simple cause and effect activity that is suitable for young students, including switch users.
Opening US Puzzle Capitol 1. Sign in toClassroom Suiteas a Teacher (see Getting Started in theClassroom Suitebinder). The Navigation Screen displays. 2. Click the New button, if it is not already selected. Open the Social Studies Templates folder. 3. Open the US Puzzles folder and open US Puzzle Capitol. A puzzle displays.
Exploring the US Puzzle Capitol 1. The directions “Click the page to put together the puzzle,” are visible in a yellow box. 2. Click the page. Notice that the yellow text box disappears and one piece of the puzzle picture becomes visible. 3. Click the puzzle again. A second piece of the puzzle picture becomes visible. 4. Continue clicking until the whole puzzle picture of Capitol building in Washington DC is visible. 5. A final click causes a sailboat, a motorcycle, a flag, and a balloon to animate in front of the building. 6. Click the Play IntelliMation button to see the animation sequence again. 7. Select the yellow Play Puzzle button to put the puzzle together all over again. 8. Close this document without saving it. 9. You can use this puzzle activity immediately with students.
The Puzzle instant-activity kit provides similar puzzle activities. It contains the Puzzle Arch activity and the Puzzle Template. This instant-activity kit is found in the Productivity Templates folder in the New area ofClassroom Suite.
In the next part of this tutorial, you will use the US Puzzle Template to create additional puzzle activities.
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Part 2: Using the US Puzzles Template
The US Puzzles Template enables you to create a simple puzzle activity in three steps that is suitable for young students, including switch users. This template includes six different social studies backgrounds and a variety of clip art for animations, so you can create many customized puzzles for your students.
Once you have chosen a background, the template automatically creates a series of individual pages with the puzzle (using your selected picture) progressively filled in. You will create a simple animation for the finale of the completed puzzle.
Opening the US Puzzles Template 1. At the Navigation Screen, click the New button. Open the Social Studies Templates folder. 2. Open the US Puzzles folder and the US Puzzles Template. 3. See the instructions on page 1 of this tutorial to learn how to create a special folder to store the new activities you make with this and other templates in Classroom Suite. 4. From the File menu, select Save As Activity. Save your activity with a unique name. It will now be saved into the Activities folder.
Selecting a Background 1. When the first page of the template displays, notice that it has an authoring tool bar at the top and a set of instructions under the toolbar. 2. Click the green Select Puzzle button. A toolbar of six backgrounds displays at the right. 3. Click the top right background. Clicking the background automatically inserts it on the page. This one click also places the background you have selected on all eleven pages of puzzle pieces. 4. If you want to change your selection, click the green Select Puzzle button at the top and then the Start Over button. This will clear the template (ver y important if you had started an IntelliMation) and enable you to make another choice. 5. You have just created the puzzle. In the next part of the tutorial, you will create an IntelliMation (a path animation sequence) for the finale of the puzzle.
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Part 2: Using the US Puzzles Template
If you are using the full version ofIntelliPics Studio(not thePlayerversion),you can add an IntelliMation (an animation sequence) to this activity. Using the Animation Time Line 1. Click the red Add Graphics and IntelliMation button at the top left of the page. 2. The IntelliMation time line appears. You will use this timeline as you create an animation sequence. 3. Notice that two new toolbars have also appeared. On the top are categories of objects to use in your animation. 4. Click one of these categories (people, in this example) to see the people you can use. 5. Select one of the people, such as the boy walking for ward. Clicking it will place him on the page. 6. On the left is a toolbar of Transform tools that enable you to rotate, enlarge, or flip the object(s) you have chosen to animate. 7. With the boy selected, click one of the Transform tools. In this example, click Flip Horizontally to change the direction the boy is facing. 8. Next, click the 0.5 second mark on the time line. Move the boy to a new position on the page. 9. Click the 2 second mark on the time line. Move the boy to a new position on the page. Change the size or direction, if you wish. 10. Continue to click new time points and move the boy. If you want to add more time to your animation, click the +5 Sec button. Then continue your animation. 11. Click the arrow at the end of the time line to preview your animation. If you want to remove time line points or change your animation, click the Remove IntelliMation Time button at the right of the time line. It will remove the points one at a time. 12. When you are satisfied with your animation, click the Hide IntelliMation Toolbar button to remove the time ine. Your animation will play automatically when this page opens. In the next section of this tutorial, you will prepare the puzzle for students.
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Part 2: Using the US Puzzles Template
Simplify the Page for Student Use You have just created a puzzle that will work as if by magic. Good magicians always hide their tricks. In this case you will want to hide the toolbars of tools you used to create the puzzle so the student can focus on completing the picture. 1. Click the purple Finish Activity button at the top of the page. This will remove unneeded authoring buttons and return the activity to Page #1. 2. The Save As Activity dialog box displays. Save your puzzle, replacing the earlier version when prompted. 3. The new puzzle is automatically saved into the Activities folder, ready to assign to students. 4. Page 1 of your new activity displays. Notice that a new palette appears at the top of the page. The yellow Play Puzzle button enables students to repeat the puzzle activity as many times as they wish. Clicking this button always returns the student to Page #1 and restarts the activity. 5. The Play IntelliMation button allows a student to re-play the animation on the final page of the puzzle. 6. Now tr y out the puzzle you have created. Be sure to click the last page again, so that the IntelliMation plays.
Congratulations! You have just created an activity that is ready for students to use. You can repeat the steps on pages 3–5 of this tutorial to create a large variety of additional puzzles.
The next two pages of this tutorial provide additional information about how this template was constructed. They also include tips on customizing the template even further.
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Part 3: Customizing the US Puzzles Template
Adding a New Background It is possible to use your own photo or picture for a puzzle background. 1. Open the US Puzzles Template (see page 3). 2. Press[Ctrl]and simultaneously click the button named Control + click add... ([Ctrl]+click). The Properties of Picture dialog box displays. 3. Click the Insert Picture From Librar y button. When the Picture Librar y dialog displays, use the Categor y drop down list to locate a different background in theClassroom SuitePicture Librar y. 4. Select the My Countr y categor y, and then select a new picture. Click Insert and OK to place your selected picture into the toolbar of backgrounds. 5. You can also click the Insert Picture From File button. Then navigate to a background you wish to use that you have stored elsewhere on your computer, or on another CD. 6. When you locate the picture you want, click OK, and it will replace the previous picture on the template’s toolbar of background choices. Rename the picture in the Button Name box.
Adding New Objects to Animate It is possible to use your own pictures of objects to animate, rather than using the pictures provided in this template, as you have done above with backgrounds. 1. Click the Add Graphics and IntelliMation button. Then click People, Critters, or Vehicles. A toolbar of objects available to animate displays at the right. 2.[Ctrl]+clickone of the objects provided. Do NOT select any animated object (see the Tooltips to identify animated objects). The Button Properties dialog box displays. 3. Click the Insert Picture From Librar y button and locate a different picture in theClassroom Suite Picture Librar y (as in steps 3 and 4 above). Click Insert and OK to put your selected picture into the palette of available objects. 4. You can also click the Insert Picture From File button. Then navigate to a picture you may have stored elsewhere on your computer that you wish to use. When you locate it, click Open, and it will replace the previous picture on the template’s toolbar of choices.
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Part 3: Customizing the US Puzzles Template
Removing Pages If the puzzle activity is too long for some students (i.e., it requires too many clicks to complete), you can remove some pages without affecting the function of the activity. It is recommended that you remove alternate puzzle pages of the puzzle (pages 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10). 1. Open the puzzle you have created (it was saved into the Activities folder). 2. Select Sort Pages from the Pages menu. The Sort Pages dialog box displays. 3. Select the page you want to delete. 4. Click the Delete Page button. 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for ever y page that you wish to delete. 6. Click OK to close the Sort Pages dialog. 7. From the File menu, select Save As Activity. 8. Give your new version of the puzzle a unique name, such as Short US Puzzle. It will be saved into the Activities folder, ready for student use.
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Part 3: Customizing the US Puzzles Template
Transparent Buttons Part of the magic that makes this template work for students is the use of transparent buttons. This section of this tutorial will explain how this works, in case you want to use this technique in other activities. 1.IntelliPics Studio 3includes the capability of placing Page Buttons on the page. Buttons can perform a variety of actions, such as causing a sound to play, navigating to a new page in an activity, or even opening an Internet browser and going to a specific Web site.
In this activity, all pages are completely covered with a transparent button. The action assigned to the button is to go to the next page.
2. Open the US Puzzles Template (see page 3). 3.[Ctrl]+clickany of the first 10 pages of your puzzle activity. 4. The Properties of Page Button dialog box displays, opened to the Picture tab. Notice that the button has no picture. 5. Click the Appearance tab. Notice that the Transparent Button Style has been selected. This means that the student using the activity does not see that a large, transparent button is covering the whole page. Next you will learn about button actions, which cause the page to turn.
Page Actions 1. Click the Actions tab. Notice that the actions assigned are to Play Sound and to go to the Next Page. By clicking the transparent button, students are actually navigating to the next page (which has an additional puzzle piece filled in).
The Play Sound action has been assigned, but no sounds have been added to this activity. (You could do this at a later time. Click the Sound tab.) 2. These buttons are already set up to respond to scanning or to the Intellikeys keyboard, for students who will be using these input devices.
Congratulations! You have learned to customize the US Puzzles Template, enabling you to make a wide variety of puzzles for your students.
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