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How to use a digital worksheet (PDF): Annotating your PDF

How to use a digital worksheet (PDF): Annotating your PDF

Annotating a PDF

How to use a digital worksheet: Annotating a PDF

I wanted to find a way to draw and write on a PDF file just like you would if you had a pen or pencil, in order to use those files digitally with students. I also wanted to find FREE apps for use in the classroom. Here are my findings:
iPad

Use a program such as Type on PDF: http://bit.ly/NAUxch
Students will open the PDF using this application and can add annotations (text, drawing), save the document with their name, and then send the document back to the instructor.
Android Tablet

Skitch: http://bit.ly/H6PM6g
Mantano Reader (Lite): http://bit.ly/LzJYIe
iAnnotate PDF: http://bit.ly/LYD1BM
Google Drive: I am not sure if this app will allow annotations on PDF’s, but will be looking into in the next few weeks.

On your computer:

Using Adobe Acrobat Pro: http://adobe.ly/PlpXW4

Good forum posts:

1. http://bit.ly/Plq1VM
2. http://bit.ly/MmQRMd

Feel like paying for some apps? Here are a couple that received high marks:
Repligo Reader$$: http://bit.ly/P5ZTur
ezPDFReader PDF Annotate Form$$– http://bit.ly/HoNmEw

Creating a Wave Pattern using Adobe Illustrator

I needed to create some kind of water artwork for my newest project, The Water Cycle Powerpoint which will include a quiz and interactive water cycle activity. I used the following tutorial to help me create my own unique image [shown below]:

Sample of the waves image pattern created using Adobe Illustrator:

Creating waves pattern in Illustrator

Creating waves pattern in Illustrator

My greatest challenge in using Illustrator is getting the hang of the pen tool. If anyone knows of a simple, easy tutorial online, please share! Honestly, I just need to take the time to play around with it and use it. Today’s crash course did just that for me. Here is a sample slide from the Water Cycle Quiz which includes the wave pattern at the bottom of each slide. I wanted to keep the design of the slide simple so it does not distract from the content the students need to complete.

Water Cycle Quiz

Water Cycle Quiz