Flipping Tip: PDFs to the rescue!

"I think its fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user." - Bill Gates

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is growing in popularity as schools face budget contraints but how is the classroom teacher supposed to deal with multiple devices from a vast array of manufacturers and using different operating systems?

One way is to use PDFs!

PDF (Portable Document Format) files offer many advantages the most important of which is their ability to be read on any computing device. That's why they are called "portable"! Fortunately, they are easy to create.

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Word processors, such as iWork Pages, allow authors to export or save documents as PDFs with just a few mouse clicks. See "Pages: exporting a PDF" for detailed instructions. The resulting PDF can be read but not updated which is what you want. You can turn your course documents into PDFs and post them online for students to read either online or offline.

PDF files can provide password security too. You can limit who has access to read and/or copy from your documents. See "Keynote: exporting a PDF".

Yes, you can turn your presentation slides into PDFs. This way your students can view your slides without installing any special software. You can even turn your spreadsheets into portable documents. See "Numbers: exporting a PDF".

Give it a try and see just how handy this feature is!

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Dr. Winegar is available to help your organization wisely use technology. Email him directly at mark.winegar@mac.com or visit www.facebook.com/MobileLearningStudio.