Introduction to WorkSpace

What you learned: printable summary


Use a WorkSpace to help students plan and develop ideas before writing:

  • In the Smart Tab ribbon, click New.
  • Select the WorkSpace tab and choose a template.
  • There are different ways to add a cell to your WorkSpace:
    • Drag from new-object in the left toolbar on to the WorkSpace.
    • Double-click the background of the WorkSpace where you want a cell to appear.
    • Drag from the round handles highlighting a previously placed cell to create a new cell linked to the first.
    • Drag WS Voice Note on to the WorkSpace to add a Voice Note. Double-click the Voice Note to make a recording.
  • Double-click a cell to add text.
  • Link two cells by dragging from the round handle on one cell to another cell.
  • Click New page DP PC to add a new page to the WorkSpace:
    • Move between the tabs to create or access more content.
    • Double-click a tab to rename it.
  • Click export to send your mind map to the document to support writing in different ways:
    • Choose to send your mind map to the Document as a diagram or text.
    • Choose to send your Voice Notes to the Document.
    • Select Create Wordbar to turn your WorkSpace into a Wordbar.
  • In the Smart Tab ribbon, click Save to save your WorkSpace.

Edit a WorkSpace to organise ideas more clearly:

  • Drag the square handles to re-size a cell.
  • In the left toolbar:
    • Go to three dots DP PC with a cell selected, then choose a new shape for the cell.
  • In the top toolbar:
    • Click picture icon DP PC with a cell selected to add a picture to the cell.
      • Choose from images saved on your device or take a photo with your webcam.
    • Click colours icon DP PC with a cell selected to change the colour of the cell.
  • Select multiple cells to change their appearance or to move them at the same time. To do this, click them while holding Ctrl.