Three New Tools I Have Found Useful

Over the course of the past week there have been three web 2.0 tools that have come in quite handy for me so I thought that I would share these.

  1. The first is Markup.   http://markup.io/ This site has come in very useful with my Interactive Whiteboard.  As they state so well on their website, “Markup lets you draw on any webpage with a variety of tools to express your thoughts, make a point or just simply edit. Yes, no downloading needed.”  This is definitely one to check out and bookmark.
  2. The second is Ding It’s Up.  http://www.dingitsup.com/ This site will let you know when sites are up or down via email, text or tweet.  Very useful when you are waiting for your district to get you website back up or to let you know when sites you use frequently are up or don for maintenance.
  3. The third is Embedithttp://embedit.in/ This site is great for embedding PDF files and other webpages into your exiting website. Helping your students navigate to required information without getting sidetracked or lost on the web. you would like students to look at with out have them go out and get lost on the web.
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Converting your files into PDFs for free

Over the past few months I have had a lot of people ask me what is the best way to convert word and other text files into PDF files.  So, in this post we will look at a few online resources that will convert your many word files and other text files into PDF documents to post on the web.

As we all know the PDF file format is very convenient for posting online.  The fact that it has a free reader and that it is a self contained application really make this the easiest way for your readers to obtain and look at your documents.  Often in school and other areas we create our documents in Microsoft Word and other applications leaving us with the daunting task of converting these to a PDF format.  Well here are a few free resources that you can use to easily convert your documents into PDF files.

 

If you have another resource that you use and it is not mentioned in this post please let me know by posting it in the comment section of my blog.

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How to: Turn any Webpage into a PDF in one Click!

This is an online tool that has become very useful in my classes. Located at http://pdfmyurl.com/ this tool will simply convert any website into a PDF file with one click. This will allow you to print sites for your students to read and it maintains all of the margins and formats. All you need to do is copy and paste the URL in the address bar on the webpage and click the icon at the end of the address bar and you are done. Great tool!

Web address to this site is http://pdfmyurl.com/