Thursday, May 30, 2013

Students Merging Multiple pdfs Into a Single pdf

Drag or select the files you want to merge
Select multiple pdfs you want to merge.
  If you do not have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, and your students need to merge pdf files into one pdf, there are some free web tools available to complete this function such as PDF MERGY .  Simply put, you select the files using drag and drop from your computer and initiate the merge.  It will put the documents in the order you placed them and upload the file to an unencrypted remote server for a brief time.  You can even use documents from Google Drive and Dropbox. Then you save the merged document to your computer or     Google Drive. 

The order of the documents in the merged
file will match the order you see on the screen.
  Do not use with confidential files, even though they delete the files almost immediately, it is not secure to upload sensitive or classified information. The site is still in beta and can be used with  any browser that supports recent HTML5 standards. Namely: Chrome 7, Firefox 4, Safari 5, Opera 12  and even IE 10,  or any newer version of those browsers. 

 This type of program is a problem solver for collaborative work, many times, students work in small groups to complete a project, if they each make a pdf of their work, they can merge then into a single file to publish.  Most types of documents can be saved as pdfs, including powerpoint files. 

You have the choice of where to save your merged file.

Monday, May 6, 2013

FastFig- Computational Powerhouse for Students

FastFig is a Mathematics Word Processor that eliminates the need for pencil and and paper in math physics and engineering.  It is browser based and has a problem-solving workflow that s easy to use, as simple as a word processor unlike some of the more complicated solutions on the market.  Students can type and solve problems, and FastFig can tell what is text and what is mathematics. When students make mistakes, they can go back and fix them and the workflow will adjust and update automatically. It handles basic math through Calculus and beyond. The ability to share work makes it easier to send work to teachers and collaborate with classmates. Classroom uses include demonstrating solving problems and correct syntax on interactive whiteboards or projectors. Backwards teaching is possible using this site by typing in a problem and allowing FastFig to solve it. Then, as as class you can explore the steps required to solve the problem. Students at home doing homework can use this site to check their answers. Share this site with students as a resource for checking homework answers. You can create an account using Google, Facebook or your email. There are some basic tutorials on the site to get you started.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Keyboarding in a Digital Age

It is not keyboarding practice the way we learned as 6th graders, Drop Typing appeals to the Minecraft generation. In fact it was created by Markus Persson, the original Minecraft guru. This addictive touch typing game is full of optical illusions and music. It does require the unity web player download, but it runs on Mac OS, Windows and Linux. As you type, the blinking letters drop off the screen., but if you hit the wrong key the game speeds up and stops completely if you are typing too slow. Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Protecting Student's Digital Identities

Many thanks to Glenn Hervieux, Technology Coordinator for Siskiyou Union HSD, for this share in Diigo: Use this helpful Common Craft Video to explain to students how they can protect their digital identities. The simple explanation and helpful visuals teach the risks every time students post online to any service.