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Creating Fillable PDF files!

  1. Go to https://www.pdfescape.com/windows/. We will be using the free online version today. I recommend making an account if you’d like to edit any fillable documents that you’ve already created.
Should look like this

2. Upload your PDF file

3. Once you’ve uploaded your file (I will be using a PDF file I was given earlier this year), it should look like this:

Creating Form Fields

There are a variety of different form fields you can choose from

TEXT: Ideal to use for short written fields such as “Name: “, “Age: “, “Email: “. Basically anywhere you only need to use one line for!

Click and drag on the page to insert new object

At the top, you will be able to see the font and size options. This is how the text that the user puts in will show up. I usually higher the font size to 15-17 depending on the text around it.

You can test out the text options by typing in the form field you just created

Right-click on a form field to find “Object Properties”. There will be more options.

TEXT PARAGRAPH: Self-explanatory title! Used for larger, multi-lined, form fields. Using the same steps we did for the TEXT tool we can get…

CHECKBOX: Also self-explanatory! Anywhere you’d like a checkbox, slap it on there. If you go to its object properties, you can customize the check type to different icons (such as stars!)

It will automatically show up checked, so I like to uncheck it before I finish.

Those are the only tools I’ve had to use when converting documents into fillable PDFs, however, there are more options such as dropdown and listbox (where the user can choose an option from several choices). You can edit the options/choices in the Object Properties.

WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED

The blue save icon is… well… the saving button, and the green button below it lets you download your beautiful creation 🙂

How to Create Your Own VR Headset!!

Hello Centennial! Here is a great DIY VR headset tutorial by Suzy!

Converting Images to PDF Files

Learn how to convert images to PDF files using Adobe Scan! . Adobe Scan is a new free application for scanning your documents. It allows you to use the PDF scanner to quickly create a scanned photo or PDF document. This application works by text recognition!

How to Use Rainmeter

Rainmeter is a free tool that allows you to customize your desktop using different “skins” or themes. You can change the color and font, and add widgets for weather, time, music etc.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBcXw_xkzp0

How to Use Headspace

Here is a quick video on using the meditation app Headspace!

How to Open Microsoft Whiteboard Via Teams

Hello Centennial! this is a quick tutorial on how to collaborate or present lessons via Microsoft Whiteboard! It is an excellent teaching tool for students and teachers alike!

How to Use Google Docs

The first thing you’ll need to do before you can use Google Docs is a sign up for a Google account (an @gmail account). If you already have an account, feel free to move on to the next section. If not, I’ll go over the simple way to create a Google account and get you set up with Docs.

Head over to accounts.google.com, click on “Create Account,” and then “For Myself.”

How to Create a Blank Document

Now that you have a Google account, it’s time to create your first document. Head on over to Google Docs and place the cursor on the multi-colored “+” icon in the bottom right corner.

Hover over the multicolored plus in the bottom corner

The + turns into a blue pencil icon; click on it.

Click on the blue pencil to create a new document

How to Import a Microsoft Word Document

Drag and drop a file from your computer to upload it to Google Drive

Even if you’re new to Google Docs, you might already have a collection of Microsoft Word files you’d like to be able to use. If that’s the case, then you’ll have to upload all your Word documents before you can view them. 

When you import a Word document, you can use either Google Docs or Drive to upload your files. Both methods let you drag and drop a file from your computer directly into the web browser for easy uploads. Google Drive stores all of your uploaded files when you head to the Docs homepage, it only shows you document-type files.

From the Google Docs homepage, click the folder icon in the top right, then click the “Upload” tab.

Once the Word file uploads, Docs opens it automatically, ready for you to start to edit, share, and collaborate.

To open a Word document that you want to edit, click the file with the blue ‘W’ next to the filename from your Google Docs homepage.

Click either view the Word file or edit it in Docs.

Choose to either View the Word file or edit it in Google Docs

When you finish with the document, you can download your document back into DOCX, or PDF, ODT, TXT, HTML, or EPUB format. Click File > Download As then click on the desired format, and it will download directly to where files save from your browser.

Click File, Download As, then choose a file type to download to your computer

Tech Tutorial- Making Flashcards on Goodnotes 5

Learn how to study through using Goodnotes 5 on your iPad! Here is a guide that will teach you how to create flashcards on Goodnotes 5. It is very useful for studying languages and definitions!

How to use Splice

Beginning a New Project

Open the Splice app. The first screen you’ll see is the projects page. To begin a new video project, hit the plus button, and name the project. From there you’ll have some settings to choose from for the project: HD or SD, border options, orientation, and a default transition selection. Hit the “done” button when you have selected your desired options.

Starting the Video Project

What is Splice App and How Do You Use It_ 1

On the next screen, you’ll choose what you want to be the very first part of your video. You can create a title screen by hitting the “title” button, or choose to begin with a video or photo. On the title screen, you can type in text, change its location and change the zoom on the text. You can also select how long you want the title screen to show in the video by adjusting the “duration” slider. Once you’ve created the title and hit done, you’ll see the title you have created, along with “plus” buttons on either side and button with a pencil in the middle. The plus buttons allow you to add content before or after the title or selected video. The pencil button lets you edit the title.

Adding Videos or Photos

Hit the plus button to the right of the title, and select the video/photo button to add photos and videos. The “albums” screen will come up. Any videos you have on your phone will be in the “camera roll” section. Select the videos in the order you want them to appear in your video, then hit “done.” The app will ask if you want to use the default transition you selected at the beginning between the videos. After you choose, the videos will begin to upload into the project.

How to trace images on Goodnotes

  1. Find an image that you want to trace.

2. Get a side-by-side view of the image with Goodnotes.

3. Drag the image from the source to Goodnotes.

4. Resize the image if needed.

5. Trace the image using your computer pen.

6. Delete the image.

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