1. Changing the order of your screens
Once you have set up all your question screens, it is easy to change the order. Simpy use the preview panel on the left-hand side of the screen and drag your screens to their new position.
Top tip: If you have numbered your questions, don't forget to go back and change the number if you move the question to a new position!
2. Deleting screens
Deleting screens from your activity is easy. Just use the 'delete' button on the toolbar. A prompt box will ask you to confirm the deletion so you don't lose any screens by mistake.
3. Duplicating screens
If you are creating several screens that have similar content or layout, there's no need to remake them. Use the 'duplicate' button on the toolbar to create a new version of the screen you are working on. This duplicate can then be edited independently.
4. Adding images
Images can either be added on the right-hand side of the screen or within the body of the screen. You will need to save your activity before adding images. Click 'Save' on the toolbar. To add an image on the right-hand side, click outside the screen. Then choose 'Picture'. Find the picture you want to add from your files. The image will be uploaded.
To add an image in the body of the screen, place your cursor where you want the image to be added. Then choose 'Picture' from the toolbar menu. Find the picture you want to add from your files. The image will be uploaded. You can change the size of this image in-screen by highlighting the image and using the drag squares.
5. Adding YouTube videos
YouTube videos can be embedded within your activity so students can watch the video and then continue to answer questions.
First, choose your screen type. You may wish to place a video on an information screen at the front of an activity and then base all your questions around it, or simply add a video to a single question screen.
Click the 'YouTube video' button on the toolbar.
Paste in the web address of the YouTube video you would like to add.
Click insert. The video will appear on your screen.
6. Text features
You can add text features using the buttons on the toolbar menu. Simply highlight the text you want to change and click the appropriate button. You can add bold, italic, underline or apply superscript or subscript text features.
You can also change the font size using the up and down 'T' buttons on the menu.
Special characters appear in their own mini menu. Click the 𝝿 button on the toolbar to access this menu. A wide range of special characters are available, including accents for languages, maths symbols and basic fractions.
7. Adding hyperlinks
If you would like students to look at another web page during the activity, you can hyperlink the web address so that students can link straight to the correct page.
First, choose your screen type. You may wish to place a hyperlink in an info screen at the front of an activity and then base all your questions around it, or simply add a hyperlink to a single question screen.
Type the words or web address that you would like to hyperlink, e.g. Click here for some revision tips on this topic'.
Highlight the words or web address that you would like to hyperlink.
Click the chain symbol on the toolbar menu.
Paste in the web address of the web page you would like to add.
Click insert. The words you highlighted will turn blue, indicating that the hyperlink has been successfully applied. A small hand should now appear when you hover over the linked words. If you click the link, it will take you to the correct web page.
8. Adding audio
It is possible to add sound files to your activities. This is particularly useful for music or language activities.
Be careful that you do not attach copyrighted audio to your activities - sound files from an exam board or songs that you have downloaded are almost certainly restricted by copyright. However, you can create your own sound files or source creative commons/public domain audio from the internet. Free sound-editing software is available from Audacity.
To add a sound file to a screen, click the 'Upload Audio' button on the toolbar menu. Find the audio file you want to add - it will need to be saved to a folder on your computer. The sound file will be uploaded.
An audio symbol will be added to the screen indicating that there is a sound file attached.
9. Additional help
There are additional help documents available within Activity Builder. Click the 'Help' button in the top right-hand corner of the screen and use the quick links to navigate to the section you are interested in.