Change page dimensions of .PDF files

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Have you ever found or generated a .PDF file and wished it was a different size or dimension?  No?  You need to get out more!

http://convert.neevia.com/pdfresize/ is an easy-to-use site that accepts .PDF files and lets you change how they print out.

This site also helps you to merge / combine multiple PDFs into one file, compress PDF files so that they’re a smaller (disk space, not print size), or convert common files into PDFs or other image types.

Applications:

  • Take an existing (portrait) document and scale it down and print it landscape, leaving room for students to annotate on one or both sides, depending on how you set it up.
  • Re size existing files for professional printing (tickets, playbills, book publishing, etc.)
  • Enlarge print by printing to larger paper
  • Drive Tom Rubino crazy by printing!

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Printing from Work and Home

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Printing can be a real pain in the pantaloons sometimes!  Depending on what browser and online drive or software you’re using, you have a plethora of printing options.  First determine the location from which you’ll be printing, then the browser you’re using, and finally the drive (Google or Microsoft).

When printing from work

From Word:  You know the drill.  Print as normal.  If you want to do anything fancy (stapled pages for example), click the “Printer Properties” link just below where you select your printer.

http://i2.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/010/806/Internet_Explorer_7_Logo.pngUsing Internet Explorer

http://cdn.marketplaceimages.windowsphone.com/v8/images/62c42790-76af-435c-8c1b-e60476f67ff2?imageType=ws_icon_largeand OneDrive: Find the file in question, hit print, and OneDrive will create a .PDF file, which sadly, you’ll need to tell the computer again to print (we love extra steps!).  Click properties if you need more printing options.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Logo_of_Google_Drive.pngand Google Drive: A Google Cloud Print menu will appear.  You’ll see some of your regular printers, but you won’t have any advanced options like stapling.  If you need advanced options, select the 1st option: print from my computer.  This will download an Adobe .PDF file you’ll need to open.  From there, you can access the regular print options and print as normal.

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http://cdn.marketplaceimages.windowsphone.com/v8/images/62c42790-76af-435c-8c1b-e60476f67ff2?imageType=ws_icon_largeFrom OneDrive: Print your file.  You can select your destination (printer), but if you want stapling, etc., click on the button that says Print Using System Dialog.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Logo_of_Google_Drive.pngFrom Google Drive: This is the same as for OneDrive.  Print your file.  You can select your destination (printer), but if you want stapling, etc., click on the button that says Print Using System Dialog.  


When printing from home

Printing from home can be useful and save you some time, but you won’t have as many options (like stapling or double siding).

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Internet Explorer:  Not gonna do it, not at this time.  Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.  At this time, there is no way to print documents from a computer at home through Internet Explorer.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e2/Google_Chrome_icon_(2011).svg/1024px-Google_Chrome_icon_(2011).svg.pngGoogle Chrome:  You can print to school from home–if you’re into that kind of thing–if you download the Chrome Browser and sign in to it with your school @pmhschool.com username and password.  Learn how to sign into the chrome browser and how else it benefits you.  Note that this video shows a wrench as the icon you click on to get into the menu.  Chrome has since updated and the menu icon is now three horizontal lines, located in the same place that the wrench was.  Signing into the Chrome browser with your school information is required to connect to our printers remotely.   

http://cdn.marketplaceimages.windowsphone.com/v8/images/62c42790-76af-435c-8c1b-e60476f67ff2?imageType=ws_icon_largeFrom OneDrive: Print the file.  OneDrive will make a .PDF file like it does at school.  When the Chrome print box pops up, if cloud print doesn’t appear automatically, click the change button as seen here.  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the cloud printers.  You’ll be able to print to any printer you’ve been given access to by Grand Poobah Tom.  If you need access to another printer, please let one of us know.    

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9b/Logo_of_Google_Drive.pngFrom Google Drive: This is the same as for OneDrive, but it will skip the .PDF step.  Print, click on change, then scroll to the bottom to find the cloud printers.  Select and print!

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Record your Desktop and Audio with Screencastify

Screencastify

Using the Chrome browser (I swear, Tom isn’t making me post this), you can quickly install an extension that gives you a quick and easy way to record full video of your computer’s desktop and audio if you wish.  Screencastify is a great program that lets you save videos to your computer, your Google Drive, or even post directly to YouTube.  It’s the program I use to make my tutorial videos, and some teachers have been using it to create flipped instructional videos and assess work.  The video below is a great explanation of how to install and use the program.  Bonus: It’s not me yapping.  Like the video suggests, I would save my videos to Google Drive because you can access them from anywhere and you have unlimited storage.

But, I don’t make tutorial videos, so why or how could I use this?  I’m glad you asked.

  • Don’t have a fancy Smartboard, but you want to post your notes?  Record your lecture along side a PowerPoint or explanation of any other document you’d project for the class.  Now students can listen to a lecture again later or catch up if absent.
  • Demonstrate how you want something done with narration.  Hit record, and don’t worry about a script or perfection.  I might model how I want a particular paper written, narrating my thoughts as I go.  I’ll post a sample when I get a chance.
  • Grade aloud.  (I’m shamelessly stealing this idea from Caitlin Hussey but don’t tell her).  Pull up a student’s paper or project that’s been shared with you, and record yourself as you read/grade the paper/project.  I’ve found that no matter how I’ve tried to phrase my written comments in the past, some students read into them in a way I didn’t intend.  Recording allows you to “conference,” and elaborate on your feedback without having to write it all down.  Even better, the student now has something he/she can go back to and listen to / watch again as he/she revises.  Even the best conferences might not leave a lasting impression by the time the student sits down to revise.
  • Don’t want to do this on your own?  Call a student up to your desk and record the conference so he/she can use it later.
  • Focus in on particular aspects of online content.  Found a cool 3-D model you want to show, but you just want to focus in on one aspect?  Record just what you want and show it in class or post it online.

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Believe!

I’m sure you could come up with many other applications.  I believe in you.  So does John McCain.

What do I need?

If you want to just record video with no audio, all you need is Chrome and Screencastify.  If you want to record your voice, you’ll need a microphone.  Surface 2 and 3 users have one built in to their machine.  Computer microphones are pretty cheap for this kind of application.  I also have some you can borrow if you want to try it out first.

Sharing my Videos

Depending on what you filmed, you’re going to share your masterpieces a couple of ways.

  • Whole-class instructional video or demonstration:  Save the video to your Google Drive and then either share it with the class,  post it to your online class page, or simply bring it up to play during class time.
  • Private student feedback: Still record to Google Drive, but this time share the movie just with the student in question.

Go forth and Screencastify!

John McCain is depending on you.

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