Monday, July 30, 2012

PDF Help with PDFescape

We all deal with PDFs on a daily basis on the Web. We get them as attachments, read them, create them, and sometimes need to edit them. PDFescape is a great tool to help you do all of these tasks. Did I mention it was free also? Below is a great overview of PDFescape by Beth  Ziesenis to further explain how it works.

Pretty cool online tool. I have to filll in PDF forms all the time and hate printing and filling it out by hand. I have also tried editing a PDF with PDFescape and it worked out great. I am definitely going to keep PDFescape in my online toolbox for future use. You should too!

Thanks for visiting.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Common Craft Videos

So, I was going to re-post this great older post on Common Craft videos and Lee Lefever, but ended up deleting the whole post. So now, you get a "new" post on this fantastic video site. The old saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words", but how many words would a great video be worth? Especially if it was explaining a computer concept or some new Web 2.0 tool? Priceless. Let's go to a video example of Common Craft's work:

As you can see, these videos are great and all over YouTube as well as the Common Craft Website. They have a ton of computer videos, as well as videos on recycling, elections, and even zombies. (My personal favorite.) Check out Common Craft videos and try them in your classroom. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lean a foreign language with Duolingo?

If you teach a foreign language or trying to learn one, especially Spanish, a new site named Duolingo might be a good fit for you. Duolingo is trying to translate the Web one sentence at a time into different languages. Here is how it works:

Pretty neat idea. I doubt that using Duolingo will having you speaking Spanish by itself, but it is definitely a great way to practice. Sounds like a great activity to start off class with each day. Give it a try, it could turn out to be muy bien!