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Nitro's free PDF to Word service

Nitro's free PDF to Word service | technologies | Scoop.it
Just trying Nitro's new accurate way to convert PDF to Word — totally free
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PDF To Word or Excel or Powerpoint does exactly what the name says.
Users select a file on their PC, upload it to the site and it emails them the chosen office document a minute or two later.
The advantage of this is that users can use Microsoft Office, Google Drive or other software to edit document and, if required, resave the document as a PDF.
No credit card is required for the FREE Basic Single User; just Sign Up.
It's designed for the occasional user.
There are limits however...
5 New documents per month
5 Conversions
5 Signature or collaboration workflows and
Documents are limited to 50 pages or 5MB

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Incompetech: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs

Incompetech: Free Online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs | technologies | Scoop.it
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Every STEM learner, and/or practitioner, that I know needs graph paper.
If you're one of those people and find yourself running short on graph paper or you need a graph paper that is different from what's available, try Incompetech.
Incompetech offers more than forty different graph and lined paper templates. The offerings from Incompetech even includes sheet music ledger.

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CamScanner

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These days, smart phones are equipped with excellent cameras with high megapixels and HD feature.
CamScanner is taking advantage of the high-quality camera and providing features that allow assessors, administrators, learners and others to convert images into soft-copy documents.
Users can...
- Scan any Documents
- Manage your Documents
- Share Documents with Collaborators
- Sync Documents in Real-time
All they need to do is take a picture of any documents and/or assignment papers etc., and save it into a PDF file. They can also customise and edit the scanned file as per their preference.
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows.

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PDFfetch.com - PDF search engine.

PDFfetch.com - PDF search engine. | technologies | Scoop.it
PDFfetch.com - PDF search engine. Fetches pdf files, ebooks, digital publications, presentations and electronic documents
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PDF Fetch – is a search engine to help practitioners and their learners find PDF files.
According to the site, it fetches...
- PDF files,
- eBooks,
- digital publications,
- presentations and
- electronic documents.
Users simply type what kind of PDF file they're searching for, or choose one of the recommended “Top Searches” on the page.
For those who wish to speed up such searches, there are Chrome and Firefox extensions.

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Free Tool to Sign PDF Documents on PC and Mac | DigiSigner

Free Tool to Sign PDF Documents on PC and Mac | DigiSigner | technologies | Scoop.it
Sign PDF files by creating digital signatures with DigiSigner - free PDF signer for PC and Mac. Download it now!
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First, the software is now completely free for personal and commercial use.
A family of products letting users, Assessors for example, to sign pdf documents, quickly; users can use it to batch-sign (verifiers) multiple files and verify a signature's authenticity.
Users can add time stamps, too, to prove when something was signed.
Signatures created can include images, fonts and learning provider logos.

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Paperkit

Paperkit | technologies | Scoop.it
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While many people may still find themselves abstaining from using online grid paper templates, there are certainly a number of benefits associated with doing so.
Practitioners, and/or learners, should keep in mind that Paperkit can provide them with countless variations of their graph, dotted or lined paper templates.
The printable paper is convenient as users don't need any other software (Word or Photoshop) to generate it . Whether they need to write something down, draw a sketch or a wireframe they can easily adjust the paper to their needs.
It also saves learners purchasing reams of paper when they only need a few sheets.

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Musink - Free notation software; Free composition software

Musink is a free music composition editor that lets practitioners and/or learners easily write music notes.

 

The tutorials contain step-by-step instructions for most tasks and, with a little help from my musical colleague Mark, we completed our first publication.

 

Musink automates all layout tasks, unlike most notation editors who make it your responsibility to make music look good.

 

When a music score is complete, it takes 2 clicks to publish it as a PDF/PNG/XPS document, which users can then easily share online or send by email.

 

There is no need to install software or a plug-in to make the notes readable by others.

 

Apart from music notes, Musink also lets users create...
- books,
- simple posters, and
- drum loops
...by providing a series of templates.

 

NOTE: the language used, according to Mark, isn't familiar to UK musicians but we are both sure it wouldn't take long to get your head around the differences.

 

An impressive tool that Music practitioners and Learners may well find very useful indeed.

 

PS End product can also be exported as a mid and/or mid loop. Impressive all round.

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aclJohn's Collections (pdfs): Safeguarding/eSafety

aclJohn's Collections (pdfs): Safeguarding/eSafety | technologies | Scoop.it

The first downloadable collection of resources published by John Dalziel (ACLjohn)

 

Collated for his personal use, John has shared this Safeguarding/eSafety resource under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Updated versions will be published every 12 months (or more frequently)

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The Physics Classroom

The Physics Classroom is an online interactive tutorial of basic physics concepts. The lessons use an easy-to-understand language to present common physics principles discussed in physics courses.

 

The Physics Classroom provides access to...

- physics tutorials,

- Mind on Physics Internet Modules (1300+ questions designed to improve understanding of common physics topics),

- problem sets for practice,

- multimedia,

- animations (ideal for using on an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected PC)

- activity sheets,

- curriculum corner (pdf downloads),

- labs,

- photos, and more.

 

I suggest practitioners spend time exploring this site before recommending it to learners so they can help them navigate it.

 

There is a danger, because it is so information heavy, the Phusics Classroom could be a turn-off for learners who are just dropping in looking for something specific.

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Submit Share Ebook PDF

Submit Share Ebook PDF | technologies | Scoop.it
Submit share ebook PDF. Download owner manual, user guide, wiring diagram, tutorial and how to for free.

 

The Aspdf site contains mainly user guides, owner manuals, tutorials and other "how tos".


Users are encouraged to submit their own files or e-books so others can take advantage of them.

 

If they do, they will be subject to the restrictions of copyright if they upload unauthorized material.


There are two major sections, one which has featured documents and another one with the latest additions to the site.


Aspdf call themselves "a compilation of public information available on the internet", and publish the files "as is", without assuming the responsibility of the contents you'll find in the documents or any change that may eventually happen to them.

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Reel – Present your ideas and reel in the feedback

Reel – Present your ideas and reel in the feedback | technologies | Scoop.it
A fast and easy way to turn your images, powerpoints, Word documents, PDFs into mobile-friendly online slideshows, and start getting feedback from your audience without logins or special software.

 

Reel App provides an online service for sharing PPT, PDF, and image files with others.

 

Reel App provides...
- a unique url for sharing the file;
- an option to get feedback from the audience on each slide or images in the shared file.
- an option to view the presentation on laptops, mobile phones, or tablets.
- a summary page containing the overall feedback from viewers.

 

Learner Voice-Peer Assessment
Could be a good way for learners to get feedback on presentations they deliver and practitioners could use Reel App to check learner understanding on each slide in a presentation;"thumbs up" if they feel they they understand & "thumbs down" if don't.

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Facebook for Business

Facebook for Business | technologies | Scoop.it
Facebook launched its “Facebook for Business” resource centre on the 25th July 2011; a collection of instructions and guides for using...
Pages - ads - Sponsored Stories - Platform applications
An ideal resource for those responsible for marketing and advertising within learning provider organisations; guiding them through the purpose and functionality of Facebook’s core products in simple, plain English, and links to PDFs where they can learn more. Facebook is showcasing the depth of its existing business offering and making it easier for organisations to engage in marketing.
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CodeBox : Free PDF to Flash Page Flip converter

CodeBox : Free PDF to Flash Page Flip converter | technologies | Scoop.it
The PDF-To-Flash Page Flip, provided by Codebox, lets users convert any PDF file into a flippable flash book format.

Users simply...

* upload a PDF file (maximum 10MB file size);
* configure the...
o page layout settings (page width, height etc);
o interface settings (panel, button, background colours etc); and
* click "Start conversion" at the bottom.

Once the conversion is finished...

* download the zip file;
* extract it; and
* open the index.html file...

to view your document in a flippable book format.
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EverySlide | Interactive Presentations | Audience Response System

EverySlide | Interactive Presentations | Audience Response System | technologies | Scoop.it
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EverySlide has the potential be an excellent tool for gathering feedback from learners while presenting.
EverySlide is a service that allows users to share their slides directly to the iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, and Android devices used by members of an audience.
As users move through their shared slides they can pop-up a poll to gather feedback from their audience.
EverySlide supports PowerPoint, Keynote slides and pdfs.
Just...
upload slides to EverySlide and when you're ready to present
give your audience the access code for your slides.
At the end of your presentation users can grab a spreadsheet of the responses to their poll questions.

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slackmath

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QR video solutions to free math worksheets

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Slackmath exploits the use of QR codes. 


Slackmath, developed by a Geoffrey Slack, a maths teacher in the USA, provides dozens of PDFs of algebra problems.


Each PDF contains QR codes next to the mathematics problems.
After learners complete the maths problems they scan the QR code to check their answers and find video explanations of how to solve the problems.


Perfect for learners to practice and get immediate feedback while studying on their own or in a learning environment geared towards the individual learner.

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PDF to Word Converter - Free

PDF to Word Converter - Free | technologies | Scoop.it
Convertii is a free, fast and accurate PDF-to-Word conversion service. Upload a PDF and get it back as a Word document you can edit. Converts scanned documents too, and you can use it from your mobile device!
John Dalziel's insight:

Convertii
PDFs are a good file format, accessible by a much wider audience, but if the file is protected, learners, and/or others will find it difficult to edit.
For those people it would be good to be able to convert the file to, for example, Microsoft Word.
Convertii is a site which does exactly that. Users simply...
   - upload the PDF file,
   - specify an email address,
...and the converted file will be emailed to them.

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Drawboard PDF app for Windows in the Windows Store

Drawboard PDF app for Windows in the Windows Store | technologies | Scoop.it
Learn more about Drawboard PDF by Drawboard and download it from the Windows Store
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Drawboard PDF is a PDF annotator in the Windows Store (You'll need Windows 8.1 to run this app).
It's ideal for...
- replacing the pen and paper, and
- avoiding printing documents
Users can...
- either upload or create a new PDF,
- annotate using the extensive array of tools,
- save it back as a compatible PDF.
Oh yes, for many the most important bit, it's FREE

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Titles with full-text online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Titles with full-text online | technologies | Scoop.it
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art history books could be a great resource for art practitioners and their learners.
Learners who are researching artists and or art movements could consult the collection to find reference materials.
Currently there are 394 volumes.
All of the books can be read online or downloaded as PDFs (Note/Beware: some of them are massive files). Visitors can search through the catalog of books by...
- thematic category,
- format, and
- publication type.
And, as you'd expect, by...
- title,
- author, and
- keyword.

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Wonderful service - The Metropolitan Museum of Art is  is offering a bunch of their publications with full text as downloadable pdfs!

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Marqueed Collect and Discuss Images & pdfs

Marqueed Collect and Discuss Images & pdfs | technologies | Scoop.it

Simple Image/pdf collaboration and markup tool - Take screenshots and discuss feedback...

 

When originally set up, Marqueed allowed users to create and discuss collections of images.

 

Now users can also use it to share, highlight, draw and comment on PDF files.

 

Using Marqueed, practitioners and learners can highlight and draw on images as well as PDFs.

 

This provides a platform for...
- learners to read and comment on primary source documents that practitioners have in PDF form.
- practitioners to upload an image, of a diagram, and ask their learners to label it.
- learners to peer review each others work.

 

Try it out before you sign-up

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Education for Employability (MLD)

These resources, from Northern Ireland Curriculum, has some resources targeting learners with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD).

 

The five pdf resources, Education for Employability (MLD), include...
- Introduction Education for Employability
- Unit 1 About Me and Work
- Unit 2 Opportunities
- Unit 3 Self-Employment and Social Responsibility
- Unit 4 Transition - Preparation for Post-16

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Arithmetic Today!

Arithmetic Today! | technologies | Scoop.it

Aimed at practitioners using iPads in the classroom, but generally useful for Functional Maths Practitioners.

 

Arithmetic Today! is a collection of pdf maths worksheets.

 

These worksheets are completely free and the links for download are also provided.

 

If you are teaching using iPad in the classroom then you should consider looking at these documents .

 

Each one of them has over 200 students worksheets with 200 accompanying teacher answer sheets.

 

They are also sorted into categories according to their level of difficulty.

 

neu.Annotate and Remarks work especially well for learners completing and/or emailing sheets using an iPad and Nitro Reader for those using Microsoft PCs.

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WikiTouch

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For those who like using a Wiki and have iPhones etc., this is for you...

 

WikiTouch puts a wiki on the iPhone.

 

Will Kelly provides this post on how to create a mobile wiki.

 

Synchronisation acrosss multiple iPhones, iPads, PCs and the cloud makes this application another tool Assessors/Verifiers etc. may consider.

 

Learners, many of whom are glued to their phones, will also find WikiTouch a useful tool especially as they can export their notes/coursework etc., as Adobe PDF files, without needing another app (and it's all FREE)

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Twtebook | share e-books on twitter

Twtebook | share e-books on twitter | technologies | Scoop.it

On Twtebook users can have PDFs shared with all their friends on Twitter. Don't worry the URL can be shared with "non-Twitter" users.

 

This service is free, just log in using twitter, select the files to share with others and add a message (Tweet).

 

Anything shared via Twtebook can be opened and viewed right in the browser, for additional speed and ease-of-use. (Users may have to click the download - in some browsers)

 

I can see Twetbook being used in education to share digital text and other study materials online.

 

NOTE:- Material has to be in pdf format which is a "Save As..." option in office 2007/10.

 

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Download free ebooks at bookboon.com

Bookboon is a free to use website that lets visitors download eBooks, in PDF format. The eBooks are categorized either as...

 

- textbooks;

 

- books for business; or

 

- books for travel.

 

Visitors can begin their searches by entering in a keyword and having the results displayed; they can also choose the category of books and optionally change the language of the website since it supports multiple languages.

 

Note: Search results can be filtered through subcategories in the left pane.

 

All the books can be downloaded without registration. The ebooks are legal and written exclusively for Bookboon. They are financed by a few in-book ads.

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Visuals Engine | ConnectABILITY

Visuals Engine | ConnectABILITY | technologies | Scoop.it
Visuals Engine is a free useful resource from ConnectABILITY.

Visuals Engine provides six customizable templates for creating...
* achievement charts;
* choice boards;
* schedules; and
* story boards;

To use the Visuals Engine...
* choose a template;
* choose images or upload images for each box on the selected template;
* type text, if required, to accompany each image on the template.

When complete, users can print their chart or save it as a PDF.
Note: ConnectABILITY provides, at the bottom-right, suggestions for using each type of visual chart for which they offer a template (See "Different uses"). One of their suggestions is to create a "token economy" board that contains images of the rewards learners can earn for completing tasks.
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