Interaction is a great way to engage our students with classroom activities. However, every time a student is on the board interacting with objects, there is a strong chance that he/she might accidentally move, rotate, or even delete an object. To prevent such mistakes, we have the option to lock objects in SMART Notebook software.
In example 1A a student accidentally moved the text away from the cat image because the text was not locked in place. In contrast, the second example (2A) text cannot be moved or deleted because it is locked.
There are a few options for controlling the behavior of locked objects in SMART Notebook software. You can access these options by right clicking on an object and go to “Lock” under the drop-down menu.
|Lock in place:||Object is fully locked. The user cannot move, rotate, edit, or delete this object.
|Allow vertical move:||The user can only move this object vertically (up and down).
The user cannot move this object horizontally, rotate, edit, or delete it.
|Allow vertical move:||The user can only move this object horizontally (left and right).
The user cannot move this object vertically, rotate, edit, or delete it.
|Allow move:||The user can move this object freely within the page.
However, the user cannot rotate, edit, or delete this object.
|Allow move and rotate:||The user can move this object freely within the page and rotate it.
However, the user can neither edit nor delete this object.
|Unlock:||This option will unlock the locked object(s), so the user can edit the selected object(s).
Tips & Tricks
Select multiple locked objects
Let us say you have built an activity that contains 15 locked objects and you would like to reposition all locked objects, so they can fit better within the page. You will very soon realize that standard selection techniques do not allow you to select more than one locked objects at a time. Instead, go the edit menu and choose “Select All Locked Objects.” Now, you can unlock all locked objects, move them around, and lock them again once you are happy with the results.
Reset an Activity
Here is a way to remove your student’s answers from the board and reset said activity for the next student that gets to go on the board:
Create an activity and lock all objects other than the answers. Make sure to save at this point.
In my example, the red and black text objects are locked. The green text was added later and represents the student’s answers (unlocked).
Right-click on the exercise’s page from the side-bar and select “Clear Page.” This will remove all unlocked objects from that page, but will leave intact all locked objects. In other words, only the student’s answers will be removed.
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