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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Convert PDF doc to Word Doc using MS Word and Right-click mouse

There are many free programs available for converting pdf docs to Word docs, but all you need is what you already have got.

Just right click on the pdf doc that you want to convert to a Word doc and choose "open with" and then choose "word".

This will open your pdf doc in Word and you can edit the document easily.
This is great as teachers often find great pdf documents and now their students can type their answers on the document and submit their thoughts to the teacher!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Make Sure/Test Your IWB or TV Speakers are Actually Connected/Working on your Laptop

Have you ever plugged in your IWB USB cable, TV HDMI cable, Headphones or Speakers into your laptop and wondered if they are actually connected and working?  We sometimes plug in these devices and are not sure if our laptop has actually registered the device and connected it for us.  Well, this tutorial film will show you how to quickly check if your device is connected to your laptop and connect the desired speaker as required.  Do yourself a favour and check out the short film as it may 'save you' in the classroom in the near future :)

Here is the tutorial film:  (this film has been made by Scott and can be found on his Youtube Channel at
More tutorial films, similar to this one, can be found on the YouTube Channel, and in particular in the playlist here:

Convert PDFs to Word, Split PDF Docs and Merge Different PDF Docs together Using Free Online Site

Do you often wish you could convert a PDF document to a Word Document format?  Do you often wish you could delete certain pages from a PDF Document and then save the new version of the PDF? Do you want to merge a variety of PDF document together and choose which pages you combine into the new PDF document?  Do you want to do these things quickly, easily, online and for free?
Well, the answer is here: . This website allows you to do all the things above, all online and free.  Too often, the free versions of 'pdf to word converter' programs do not always work very well and the final resultant Word document does not appear correctly and all the words and pictures are distorted and omitted.
In the few trials using this website, the PDF documents were converted to Word documents with almost perfection being observed.
Try it out yourself today.  To help you out, here are some Youtube films that will show you how to do the things listed at the start of this post:
Converting PDF to Word Doc:
Splitting PDF documents:
Merging 2 or more PDF documents and choosing pages to Merge:

Sunday, April 26, 2015 : One of the Best 1:1 Student Response BYOT formative Online Tools Available Today

With the large amount of devices that are entering classrooms around the world (via the BYOT programs existing in schools today), many teachers are looking for ways to (a) find tasks which allow students to use their devices in class and (b) test/gauge what the students are thinking and learning in the lesson (e.g. Formative assessment tools).
One such tool that is being used by quite a few teachers these days, is the online tool/website This online tool lets the teacher pose a problem, ask a question, show a picture and allow students to respond. Many of these '1:1 student response' system are quite limited in that the teacher can merely ask the question and students can then click on the 'correct answer' (a, b, c or d).  These '1:1 student response' online tools/websites do not allow students to draw or write on the screen and show their working out (e.g. working out the problem in Maths or drawing a visual representation of the battles that took place during WW2 etc.).
Well here is a fantastic online student response tool that you should have a look at.  With a teacher can show a picture to the students and then ask a multiple choice question or allow the students to write a short/long answer or draw their answer on the picture or show their working out on the page etc. etc.
The sign up for the teacher is free and easy. The teacher create a class within the website and then gets the 'class code'. The students 'sign up' on the website and they then add the 'class code' on the website. This automatically enrols the student into the teacher's class (which means that the teacher does not have to spend hours enrolling the students!).
I could write all day about this great website, but I will leave you with the knowledge that the teacher can also see all the students' answers on the one page simultaneously. This means that the teacher can instantly see if the students have grasp the idea or if certain students need extra assistance (whilst the other students go on and learn more, possibly through the flipped classroom/learning approach).  This will also be good for the teacher to show all the answers on the board to the class and the class can see what all the students are thinking/learning!
Check it out:

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