Save Word Doc as PDF

pdf  Any document you post online or email to parents should be in the form of a PDF. A PDF allows a document to be seen exactly as you intend. It won’t show up all whacked out on another person’s computer because they don’t have the right font or paragraph settings, etc. PDFs are universal in that everyone has the ability to open it. (Adobe Reader or similar pdf readers are free and usually installed on computers.) So, how do you create a PDF from a Word document?

Save your finished Word document as you normally would so you can edit it if necessary. Then create the PDF by clicking on “File”. Choose “Export” from the column on the left. Then click the “Create PDF/XPS” button. (See below.)

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When prompted to save, click the “Desktop” on the left, name your document in the “File Name” field, and choose “Publish”. (See below.)

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Use the PDF to upload to your website or email to parents.

If you need to modify the document you will modify the Word doc and then save a new PDF. You will need to replace the previous PDF. You are not able to edit the PDF you created.

Easy peasy! Go eat a cookie.

Edshelf – The Last Tool You’ll Ever Need … Kinda

edshelf-logo-on-green If you’re looking for a technology tool but you don’t really know what you want, Edshelf is the place to start. (https://edshelf.com) It’s basically a search engine for technology tools. There’s no need to login (although you can make it more of a social experience if you do) and you can really narrow your search. The beauty doesn’t stop there. When you choose a tool to review you’re presented with a short video, written description, pricing (and any restrictions) and user reviews. It’s definitely a major tool in my tech arsenal! It’s pretty self explanatory but here are some screen shots for those of you who are curious.

This is what you’ll see when you get to the Edshelf website. There’s no need to create an account if you just want fast searching. Simply click the search button.

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When you click the search button you’re presented with options. At a minimum, you’ll want to select “Tools”, “Platform” and type in one or several key words. You can edshelf-2-searchnarrow your search by selecting any of the other filters. When you do this your choices will narrow down. If your selections don’t return any results you’ll want to broaden the search a bit by de-selecting some of the options.

One thing I noticed was that it took some time to generate search results after I selected multiple filters. The wait was certainly worth it, though.

Try Edshelf the next time you want a spiffy (“awesome” is so overused) new tech tool to use with a lesson.

 

To Save…or Not to Save….Passwords, That is

SavePassword01Many times you’re presented with the option to save your password. You may be concerned about whether or not you should do this. In my opinion, (and we all know I share that…nay, foist that… on people) saving your password is perfectly acceptable IF the following conditions are true:

1. You’re the primary user of your computer (school laptop, specifically).

2. You LOCK your computer screen EVERY SINGLE TIME you leave it unattended (hold down the Windows key and then tap the l key). SavePassword03

 

Having said that, even if you don’t save passwords, LOCK your computer screen when you leave it unattended…always…always… always.

Uhmmm… let me repeat….

LOCK your computer screen when you leave it unattended!

(*lowering voice and stepping down off soapbox*)

Techdesk – Installing Software Through the User Console Library

The district recommends certain software for students and teachers to use. Students and teachers are able to install that software right from the Techdesk. To do that:

Go to the MOC-FV homepage (http://www.moc-fv.k12.ia.us)

In the “Quick Links” section click on “Techdesk.”

Login using your school username and password.

Once you’re logged in, click “User Console Library” at the top to see a list of available software.

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Click on the name of the software you wish to install. Follow any online directions and accept the default selections.

Done! Easy!

Laptop Bag Standards

Students are allowed to purchase bags for their laptops if the bags conform to these criteria:

  • Comparable size to bags provided by the district
    • o Minimum dimensions: (WXHXD)
      16” X 11.5” X 1.5”
    • o Maximum dimensions:
      18” X 14.5” X 3”
  • Preferably black
  • NO backpacks

Looking to purchase a laptop?

We often encounter requests for insights when people are looking to purchase a new laptop.  It’s not surprising that the field of options is overwhelming when one isn’t normally engaged in the field of RAM, processors, etc.

So, rather than try to dig up past emails we are posting our current recommendations.  Please be aware that they will be outdated in the near future.

Specifications

  • RAM – 4GB or more
  • Hard drive – at least 250GB
  • Processors – faster is generally better but they are hard to compare.  Go with an Intel i5 if possible.
  • Pay attention to screen size and resolution.  Higher resolution screens are always good.

Other

  • We don’t shy away from refurbished units.  We have had a lot of success and they have to pass thorough inspections
  • We tend to pay attention to several sites for deals.

 

How tech supporters really work

OK, we often say it but few believe us.  We truly don’t know how to solve most of the problems we encounter on a daily basis.  In fact, we probably aren’t even capable of knowing that much if we tried.  We even find that we can’t recall how we solved the same problem six months ago.  So, what do we do?

Google.  Seriously, that is what we do most of the time.  If you want to accomplish similar things on your own, refer to this flow chart as a guide! :-)