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Improving our Pages skills

Last week, classes from year 3 and 4 began to create computing history timelines in Pages. We began from a blank template, which looked a bit like this:

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They then added significant milestones in computing history, taking content from this blog post and copying and pasting it into the Pages template. Once they had added some content, they began to look like this:

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Today, we will look at how you can make your timelines look more interesting by adding a few simple effects.

I will begin by reminding you how to copy and paste into your timeline:

Next we will use formatting styles to change the font consistently across the whole timeline:

formatting text from Karl Riley on Vimeo.

Finally we will add an outline to our text boxes:

Create a timeline in Pages – steps to success

1. Look at the top right of your screen and click on the magnifying glass to search for an app. Type in Pages – you will see this:

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2. Open Pages.

3. Create a new blank pages document in landscape format:

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4. Click on ‘shapes’ on the toolbar Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 08.53.58

Choose a line, either with or without arrows, then stretch it across the whole width of the page, keeping it horizontally level:

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5. Add in another line, rotate it through 90 degrees so that it is vertical, and place at right angles on to your first line on the left hand side. This will be the first event on your timeline. It will look like this:

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6. Click on Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 09.00.36 on the tool bar.

Drag and resize your text box and attach it to the first line on your timeline.

7. Now go to the timeline on the computing blog (you will find it below this post) and select the first event you are going to include on your timeline. Copy it using one of the methods we looked at last week. Adjust the font size and line spacing so that the text fits in your text box, leave space for a picture at the bottom.

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8. Now open google. Search for the item you have pasted in to your time line and choose images. We are going to use copyright free images only. Click on ‘Search tools’ and bring down the the item which says ‘Not filtered by licence’. Change this to ‘Labeled for noncommercial use’. Now the images will be copyright free which means you can use them on your timeline.

Remember – we are using filters in school which restrict content in google images to that which is appropriate for your age.

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9. Copy your chosen and image, resize and paste in to your text box. It should look like this:

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Repeat steps 5-9 to add more items to your timeline. Eventually your time line should look like this:

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10. Now save your work into your own folder – remember to save a version for both members of your group.

Computing History Timeline

1832 Difference engine designed by Charles Babbage as a mechanical calculator.
1936 Turing machine invented by Alan Turing to simulate the logic of a computer algorithm.
1943 Colossus Mark I developed by Tommy Flowers at Bletchley Park to help solve encrypted German messages in World War II.
1948 Manchester’s baby ran its first program stored electronically in its memory, becoming the first computer to run software.
1967 Computer mouse invented by Douglas Engelbart to point at items on a display.
1972 Pong arcade video game released which helped to establish the video game industry.
1975 Microsoft founded by friends Paul Allen and Bill Gates in the state of New Mexico, USA.
1976 Apple 1 personal home computer released by the Apple Computer Company, ran by friends Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.
1981 BBC Micro released for the BBC Computer Literacy Project in schools.
1982 ZX Spectrum released by Clive Sinclair as a home computer.
1986 Nintendo Entertainment System released with different developers producing games for the console.
1989 World Wide Web invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who also built the first web browser to view it.
1990 Game Boy console released which would become a very popular handheld video game device.
1994 Amazon.com launched as an online bookstore but now the world’s largest online retailer.
1995 Microsoft Windows 95 released which increased sales of home desktop computers.
1997 Google search launched for people to find web pages on the Internet.
2005 YouTube founded as an online video sharing website.
2006 Nintendo Wii console released which used a handheld motion sensor to control games.
2010 iPad launched as a touch-screen tablet computer.
2012 Raspberry Pi released as a small and cheap computer that plugs into a TV and keyboard.
2015 Apple Watch released as a wearable music player, health tracker and messanger.

This time line has been adapted from resources on simonhaughton.co.uk